Thailand Morning News For December 26

Thailand Morning News For December 26

Thailand morning newsThai Red Cross appeals for blood donations
The Thai Red Cross Society is organizing a blood drive ahead of the New Year Festival when the number of road accidents is high.
— News Today (video)

Thailand’s Dark Side: Why You Really Shouldn’t Visit Koh Tao
“Amazing Thailand” – so the slogan goes. But while Thailand shines brightly on many fronts – its exuberant capital, mesmerising beaches, bucolic countryside, lip-smacking food – it is mirrored by a dark side, a far cry from the tourism authority’s vision of paradise.
— The Independent

Festive spending pegged to hit 13-year high of B159bn
A recovering economy and government incentives are expected to push spending during the year-end celebrations to a 13-year high of 159 billion baht, according to the latest survey of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).
— Bangkok Post

Tax-break plan for domestic travellers
The Revenue Department will submit to Cabinet a proposal to give tax breaks to Thai travellers who visit less-popular domestic destinations, Prasong Poontaneat, director-general of the department, said on Monday.
— The Nation

New Year rush to increase passenger traffic by 6.6%
Passenger traffic through Thailand’s key airports during the New Year holiday season is expected to surge 6.6%.
— Bangkok Post

Mental Health Department says over 1 million Thai teens likely suffering from depression
The Department of Mental Health has found up to 44 percent of Thai teens are at risk of clinical depression and estimates over 1 million of adolescents are contending with the condition.
— News Today (video)

Irregularity in evidence of Lahu activist’s killing
Evidence submitted by the Army in the summary execution case of Lahu activist is unusable, claimed defence lawyer.
— Prachatai English

Digital economy on the move
THE value of Thailand’s digital economy has swelled by 20 per cent this year to Bt2.5 trillion, accounting for 17 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), with even faster growth pencilled in for next year by a leading forecaster.
— The Nation

Candidates urged to clean up act
Encouraging voters to vote “No” in an MP election can be deemed illegal if the campaigner adds negative opinions about a candidate, according to the current draft of the organic law on MP elections.
— Bangkok Post

Democrats to challenge Prayut’s Article 44 order
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY will file a petition with the Constitution Court to determine if the latest National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order to extend deadlines required for political parties to follow under the Political Party Act is unconstitutional under the charter approved in last year’s referendum.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

NLA continues to deliberate anti-corruption law
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has continued to deliberate the draft organic law on corruption prevention and suppression and is prepared to appoint election commissioners.

Over 300 million baht in seized assets auctioned by Legal Execution Department
The Legal Execution Department has underlined a strong response to its first auction festival for assets seized from criminal cases, which has so far sold over 322 million baht worth of goods.
— News Today (video)

Major eyeing CLMV to help drive revenue
SET-listed Major Cineplex Group Plc, operator of the country’s largest cinema chain, is set to expand into Myanmar next year to help boost revenue.
— Bangkok Post

Dusit adopts franchise model to pursue growth
THAI GLOBAL hospitality company Dusit International has adopted a hotel franchising model according to its strategy to further drive its growth momentum, the company’s director of development, Ante Baric, has said.
— The Nation

Authorities continue to disrupt regional red-shirt new year’s party
A regional red-shirt group has decided to call off a new year party after a brief confrontation between red shirts and the police.
— Prachatai English

Min of Commerce holds seminar on the ASEAN – China FTA
The Ministry of Commerce has held a seminar on the impact and opportunities associated with the new tax reductions under the ASEAN – China Free Trade Agreement, which will take effect on January 1st next year.


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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