Thailand Morning News For November 8

Thailand Morning News For November 8
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Thailand morning newsPrivate sector foresees 3.7-4% economic growth in 2017
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) is maintaining its economic growth estimate for this year in the range of 3.7-4 percent despite an impact from flooding.

Southern residents prepare for heavy rains while floods continue in central plain
Residents of the South are expecting heavy rains while people in the central region continue to be affected by floods.
— NBT World (video)

Amlo to seize B58m in assets
The culprits in two high-profile financial and money-laundering scams will have their assets seized, says the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo).
— Bangkok Post

Tourism, investments may hoist GDP
THE JOINT Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) has expressed confidence that surging tourism and domestic investment would enable the Thai economy to achieve 4 per cent growth this year.
— The Nation

Russia to Take Part in All Thailand Military Tenders – Federal Service
Russia continues to cooperate with Thailand, which is Russia’s longest-running partner in the region.
— Sputnik

Shopping tax break runs Nov 11-Dec 3
The Revenue Department estimates that 22.5 billion baht worth of shopping tax breaks will be claimed this year, costing the government 2 billion in revenue while spurring 10 billion baht in spending.
— Bangkok Post

DPM calls for more welfare programs with an emphasis on job creation
The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs has tasked the Ministry of Finance with building on the government’s existing welfare programs with an emphasis on job creation and career building.
— NBT World (video)

Retailers welcome pre-Christmas break to boost spending
THE CABINET yesterday approved a 23-day tax break for consumers to boost shopping activities nationwide by an estimated Bt10 billion and stimulate the economy.
— The Nation

Upscale housing market stays robust as economy turns corner
The luxury residential market remains healthy amid strong demand and limited supply, while the economic recovery and government and consumer spending have restored confidence, says property consultancy CBRE Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

SIM card users required to register with fingerprints, face from 15 Dec
SIM card users in Thailand will be required to register with a new digital identity platform from 15th December this year in the government’s effort to increase mobile phone safety. The information will be classified.
— NBT World (video)

No ifs or butts as Patong Beach starts enforcing no-smoking rules
Patong City has designated 20 smoking areas along Patong Beach in Phuket to comply with the smoking-ban-on-the-beach policy of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department (MCRD).
— The Nation

PM leaves door open for military-backed party
PRIME MINISTER GENERAL Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday refused to rule out the formation of a political party by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ahead of the general election currently set for next November.
— The Nation

Local firms swarm World Travel Market
Some 35 Thai tourism operators attended the World Travel Market 2017 (WTM), which finished today in London, as they aim to lure more international visitors.
— Bangkok Post

PH Navy joins Asean exercises in Thailand
The Philippines will send a 600-man contingent to Thailand to participate in the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Multilateral Naval Exercise (Amnex).
The Manila Times 

City governor tells court the Aetas hotel will be torn down next February
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is expected to start tearing down the Aetas Hotel in Soi Ruamrudee in late February.
— Thai PBS

Flower mess gets bosses banished
Two provincial governors accused of mishandling funeral flower-laying ceremonies for the late King have been transferred to inactive posts at the Prime Minister’s Office, according to Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.
— Bangkok Post

The success of Thai films in the Asian Film Industry
Nowadays, Asian filmmakers throughout the region have many opportunities to exchange their ideas and study techniques in film production. Meanwhile, the Thai production, “Malila” or “The Farewell Flower” was one of the most successful films in the recent Busan International Film Festival of BIFF. Our correspondent Phanthikarn Phetnarin has the story.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand poised to host ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017
Thailand is fully ready to play host to the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017 in celebration of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, with navy ships from countries around the world participating.

Applications open for 31st ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2018
Applications are being invited for the ASEANTA Awards for Excellence in Tourism, conferred annually to recognise ASEAN individuals or organisations, which have contributed to the development and promotion of the ASEAN tourism industry.
— TAT New


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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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