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Thailand-Singapore QR payment system now live on Krungthai NEXT

KRUNGTHAI Bank has opened new and convenient international money transfer and payment services using QR code between Thailand and Singapore. Customers of participating banks in both countries can now make cross-border payments faster with just a QR code scan, NNT said today (Sept. 22). The new service is now available on the Krungthai NEXT mobile

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Reopening of Bangkok to vaccinated tourists being put off to Nov. 1

  THE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to propose to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) smaller committee today (Sept. 22) that the reopening of Bangkok and four provinces to fully vaccinated tourists be postponed to November 1, Siam Rath newspaper said. The earlier target was to reopen Bangkok and Chiang Mai’s Mueang,

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Government moves to allow ‘high potential’ foreigners buy land

THE CABINET last Tuesday (Sept. 14) approved measures to attract “high potential” foreigners to the country by offering them various benefits among which is the right to buy land, Thai Rath newspaper said today (Sept. 18). Ms. Ratchada Thanadirek, deputy spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, said these measures are aimed boosting the Thai economy

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Bali tourism industry looking for uptick after Covid-19 restrictions eased

By Reuters, published by The Straits Times Kuta, Indonesia – Bali’s tourism industry is hoping for an uptick in business after Covid-19 social restrictions were eased for the resort island on Monday (Sept. 13), with the government beginning to formulate plans to allow foreign travel to resume. The country’s once thriving holiday hotspot has been

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Tourism sector expects 500,000 Russian visitors after Sputnik V vaccine endorsement

THE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hopes to add 500,000 Russian visitors to its 1 million international tourists this year, after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) allowed tourists inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine to visit “sandbox” destinations in the country, NNT said today (Aug. 19). TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said Russia was

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New online home care marketplace launches digital start-up in Thailand   

    A NEW digital on-demand online marketplace named SAIJAI has launched in Thailand and is setting its sights on democratising home care in the country.  Borne from a dynamic consumer behaviour shift over the past sixteen months to home-based lifestyle needs, the start-up brand is eyeing the Care From Home (CFH) marketplace, a key

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TAT stepping up promotion of Phuket

  THE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has stepped up promotion of Thai tourism abroad, bringing in over 140,000 bookings in only 10 days, NNT said today (August 12). Director of the Phuket TAT Office Nantasiri Ranasiri, said today that 29 foreign TAT offices had asked about perceptions of Phuket following recent developments, and confirmed

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Thailand’s retail market in 2021 is expected to contract by 12%

THE Thai Retailers Association (TRA) has expected Thailand’s retail market to contract by 12% this year if the government does not accelerate the provision of financial aid measures to operators as well as offer domestic consumption stimulus, NNT said today (August 8). Association vice-president Chatrchai Toungratanaphan said up to 270 billion baht in retail sales

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Phuket-Samui Island Hopping campaign suspended due to infection

By Thai Newsroom Reporters THE ISLAND HOPPING campaign for foreign travellers between Koh Samui and Phuket was suspended from today (July 29) due to reported coronavirus infection on three tourist islands. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan confirmed the Island Hopping campaign under which fully-vaccinated foreigners may leave Phuket after a seven-day period on the

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Foreign travellers wonder if they’ve been tricked into visiting country under lockdown

By Thai Newsroom Reporters MANY FOREIGN VISITORS to Phuket and Koh Samui are wondering if they have been practically tricked into visiting a country where all domestic flights to and from its capital city are currently banned, remarked former finance minister Sommai Pasee yesterday (July 21). Under the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus Model reopening

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Spanish holiday rental bookings in August exceed pre-pandemic levels

  By Reuters Staff, published by Channel NewsAsia Madrid – Spanish holiday rentals for August are more heavily booked than before the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to domestic tourism and a perception that rented properties are safer than hotels, Spain’s leading holiday booking website Rentalia said on today (July 21). The occupancy of apartments and houses

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