Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

Backflip on Thailand TPP membership talks

In an apparent backflip on a proposed Thailand TPP membership application Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday that she will not be discussing an application to join the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with US President Barack Obama when he visits the country on Sunday. Last Monday the Thai cabinet agreed to […]

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Thailand’s TPP application threatens to overshadow Presidential visit

Bangkok is abuzz at the imminent visit of freshly re-elected US President Barack Obama on a whirlwind three-nation tour to shore up US support in the region, however trade discussions threaten to overshadow the stated purpose of the visit, a courtesy call to mark 180 years of Thai-US relations. While details such as the number […]

Thais need educating that foreigners visiting Thailand are not targets – Thailand Foreign Minister

Thais need educating that foreigners visiting Thailand are not targets – Thailand Foreign Minister

Editorial Thailand’s high-value tourism industry has taken a battering courtesy of the country’s foreign minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who said a campaign is needed to educate Thai people that foreigners visiting Thailand are worth a lot of money and are not targets. The comments, published in The Bangkok Post’s Ministry in tourist safety drive, along with […]

2011 Thailand flood could be more destructive than Asian Economic Crisis

2011 Thailand flood could be more destructive than Asian Economic Crisis

This story was updated at 10:33 Nov 9, 2011. Edited text in green type For the second consecutive weekend residents of Bangkok have been alerted to prepare for wide-spread flooding as an estimated 12 billion cubic meters (12 trillion liters / 3.17 trillion gallons) of water from months of rain in Thailand’s central and northern […]

Thailand tourism industry prioritised to lead 2009 recovery as economy shrinks 5%

Thailand tourism industry prioritised to lead 2009 recovery as economy shrinks 5%

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has targeted the Thailand tourism industry as a priority for reviving the Thai economy in 2009¬† in a speech to members of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac). In his policies for solving economic and social problems speech, Mr Abhisit said the government needed to boost Thailand‚Äôs economy […]

Red shirts defiant as “third hand” blamed for Thailand riots and assassination attempt: Thai tourism plummets

Red shirts defiant as “third hand” blamed for Thailand riots and assassination attempt: Thai tourism plummets

Less than 24-hours after Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva removed the state of emergency decree for Bangkok and five other Thai provinces, red shirt pro-democracy supporters have rallied at Sanam Luang, a traditional political rallying ground in the center of Bangkok directly in front of Thailand‚Äôs Grand Palace. With the majority of its leadership in […]

Thailand tourism in crisis as protesters die in ‘bloody Bangkok’

While the head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand was describing Thailand as a safe, desirable and peaceful country, and explaining that the protests were evidence of a democracy in action, peaceful and localised, people were being killed, having limbs blown, and home-made bombs exploding as hundreds of ant-riot police attempted to clear a way into Parliament House, firing up to 50 rounds of CS (tear) gas into thousands of yellow-shirted PAD protesters who had blockaded and fortified the legislature with barbed wire and tyre blockades.