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"Mega FAM Trip" 12 – 16 JulyThailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Thursday, June 24 2010 21:44:09

TAT is planning the "Mega FAM Trip" 12 – 16 July, and will host and arrange tours around the country free of charge for selected media and tour company representatives. Good to hear, but wonder who have done the planning, as obviously the routings and programs are already in place. Attending the ATTA monthly meeting today (24 June) nobody mentioned anything. During these times where we should be helping out each other in the hope of everybody to survive which should be common interest, I think that the TAT are keeping the cards too tight and we could suspect that the organizing is in the hands of the usual suspects. After all the event is financed by government funding which at the end of the day is us, the tax payer, this be both companies and personal tax payers alike, why we should all be sharing the benefits.

Ministeriet for Turisme og Sport har givet grønt lys for projekterTourist in Thailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Thursday, June 24 2010 18:01:42

24 jun 2010 af Duangrudee Somboonruangsri

BANGKOK 24 juni, 2010 - Ministeriet for Turisme og Sport har givet grønt lys for projekter til en værdi Bt150 millioner.

I sidste uge fik et udvalg under ledelse af Ministeriet for Turisme og Sport’s permanent sekretær, Arttachai Burakamkovit, godkendt 43 projekter til en samlet værdi af Bt150 (Dkr. 28,5) millioner udaf 119 projekter til en samlet værdi Bt947 (Dkr.180) millioner.
Fordelingen af de Bt150 millioner, er fordelt med Bt50, til 12 projekter der skal genoprette beskadigede turit attraktioner, Bt46, til 13 projekter for at øge turist attraktionernes administration og forvaltning, Bt48, til 15 projekter til at skabe nye turist attraktioner. Dertil Bt300.000 til projekter med fokus på uddannelse, anvendt forskning, uddannelse, møder og public relations, Bt5, millioner for turist industrien til at skabe fællesskab og indkomster.

TAT Mega FAM TripTourist in Thailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Thursday, June 24 2010 17:45:24

24 jun 2010 af Rapeepat Mantanarat oversat af Soren Wettendorff

BANGKOK 24 juni, 2010 - Turisme Authority of Thailand og Thai Airways International har indbudt medier og rejsebureauer fra forskellige markeder til Thailand for at give dem en første hånds indtrykket, at landet igen er sikkert.

Thai Airways International vil sponsorere flyrejser, mens Turisme Authority i Thailand er ansvarlig for indkvartering, måltider, udflugter og landtransport.

TAT viceguvernør for markedsføring, Prakit Piriyakiat forventer omkring 1.000 medie folk og agenter vil deltage i programmet. Datoerne for den første tur, for 500 delegerede, vil finde sted 12-16 juli, men tidsplanen for den anden gruppe er endnu ikke fastsat. "Denne gang vil vi fokusere på medier; med omkring 70% af de deltagende, og de resterende 30%, vil blive rejsebureauer, forklarede han. Det blev fremført, at rejsebureauerne allerede kender Thailand godtnok, men medierne er nødvendigt at vise sikkerhed er iorden, så de ville tage tilbage og skrive positive artikler. Omkring 80% af de inviterer dække kort-og mellemdistance markeder i Asien og Australien, mens kun 20% dækker Europa.

De inviterede fra Asien vil tage forskellige tour ruter.

• Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Lampang-Chiang Mai-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Lamphun-Lampang-Chiang Mai-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Nakhon Nayok-Prachinburi-Sakaew-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Rayong-Samet Island-Chantaburi-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Trat-Chantaburi-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Rayong-Samet Island-Bangkok

Europæiske medier og agenter vil blive sendt til den nordøstlige del af landet på følgende ruter.

• Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima-Buriram-Si Saket-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Udon Thani-Nakhon Phnom-Mukdahan-Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok

• Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima-Bangkok

Hr. Prakit mener opsving vil blive hurtigere end forventet påbaggrund af data fra Immigration Division 2, 1 til 22. juni, der viste modtagelser af 418.234, et fald på kun 9,86% i forhold til samme periode sidste år. "Nogle dage var antallet af udenlandske besøgende i lufthavnen 20.000 personer. Dette var langt bedre end i maj, hvor antallet af udenlandske besøg faldet til 12.000 ", sagde han. På Phuket Lufthavn, ankom 63.560 udenlandske besøgende, 1 til 20. juni, en 44% forbedring i forhold til samme periode sidste år.

Millitary vs. GovermentThailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Friday, October 17 2008 13:08:37

Backed by Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Jakkabatr, navy chief Adm Kamthorn Phumhiran, air force leader ACM Itthaporn Supawong, and police chief Pol-Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan, General Anupong the chief commander of the armed forces, yesterday went on national TV with following statement.

"I am not saying this to pressure the government to resign, but it must take responsibility. No government can survive after the spilling of people's blood, because society can never accept this. There's no point in staying on when the country has already been damaged."

General Anupong continued to rule out a coup, saying it would not solve the political strife. The armed forces leaders and the public were not in favor of it, but see the step down of the PM khun Somchay as a acknowledgement of the governments mistake to enforce power on October the 7th. The PM has also a case with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) over the transaction of shares from his sister in the Thaksin owned Shinarwat company, mentioned earlier in this blog.

Also Thaksin got his problems and his case over the sale of the Shinarwat company will start 25th December – merry X-mas Khun Thaksin.

Khao Pra Viharn means warThailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Thursday, October 16 2008 15:43:26

Mention the area and the same day fighting’s breaking out between Thailand and Cambodia in the area of Khao Pra Viharn. Two Cambodian soldiers are reported dead while both sides report of eight wounded, all soldiers, and thousands of villagers residing in the area have fled because of the fighting’s.

Pra Vihharn lies in the part of Cambodia, which until 1907 was part of Thailand. The two kingdoms have almost a couple thousand years back in time regularly been at war. From around the year 1000 until Cambodia became the dominant power in the region. The problem is, that if UNESCO approve Pra Viharn as heritage site, it would automatically mean a form of recognition of Cambodia's claim on a specific area of the border around the temple.

Later in the day officers from both countries will meet to discuss a possible ceasefire. A Thai officer says there has been quiet on the border since Thursday morning. And the Thai government are now seeking a peaceful solution to the dispute. Thailand's Prime case of Mr Somchai Wongsawat, says that the path to a solution now goes through negotiation.

The Background StoryThailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Wednesday, October 15 2008 10:11:16

Not many people are actually aware that what originally triggered off the past weeks riots in Bangkok, was a old dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the ancient Khmer Temple – Khao Pra Viharn. The temple is connected to the Ankor Wat temple complex in the city of Siem Riep in Cambodia, and have for many years caused problems between the two countries, as it’s located on Cambodian soil but only accessible from Thai soil. At the resent UNESCO conference in Canada, where heritage sites were to be reviewed Cambodia had nominated Khao Pra Viharn as an Cambodian heritage site. Many Thais felt and took this as a insult and asked the government to intervene and if not call it a Thai heritage then at least make it a joint Thai Cambodian heritage site, but no reaction from the government to the Viharn issue caused protests in the province of Surin at first and spread to Udon Thani and ended up in Bangkok, where it became more a political issue demanding the government to step back.

Old wine on new bottles.

The Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD) was already formed before the ouster of PM Thaksin in 2006, but kept a low profile during the days of the military instated government from 2006 to the new election in December 2007. As strange as it sounds the PAD did not form in to a political party and participated in the 2007 election, but instead many of the supporters backed the Democrat Party, who also until the very last minute looked to be the winner of the election, but things turned out different as the Peoples Power Party (PPP) was formed close to the election date, and eventually ended up as the undisputed winner mainly with the backing and votes fro the North-eastern part of Thailand – Isarn.

The Democrats accepted the defeat but the original core group of the PAD was not to accept the outcome, and was looking for issues confronting the government as they regarded the new government just to be puppies in the hand of the former oustered PM – Thaksin, who was still in exile in England at the time. If this was true of not is only for the new elected PM – Khun Samak, and his close allied to know but it’s a fact that just after a couple of month in charge they managed to grant Thaksin a safe return to Thailand, and many people felt this as direct insult, that Thaksin and his wife could walk free. The problem for the PAD was that they strongly opposed the new government but the actual fact was that PPP won the election with a waste majority.

Laos & ElephantsTourist in Thailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Wednesday, October 15 2008 08:46:20

Laos is almost Thailand so a little briefing of whats going on - next year.

Next Febuary 15th & 16th 2009, Sayaboury province (traditional elephant territory) will welcome international guests to the third Festival of Elephants. The 3-day gala event celebrates the sacred elephant and the ancient Lao culture. In 2008 Seventy-four local working elephants, resplendent with gaily decorated howdahs, painted toenails and garlanded with tiaras of wild flowers and their elegantly uniformed mahout, and 50,000 people showed up last time, immersing themselves in the riches and diversity of the Lao ethnic culture. The festival atmosphere is terrific!

Here is a description from 2008 Festival: “Parading 74 elephants through the hectically unpredictable traffic and surrounded by thousands of exuberant Asians who habitually dart, clutching small children, between the lumbering and unbelievably phlegmatic beasts column like legs, has to be experienced to be believed. The Lao have little time or aptitude for organization and display a frighteningly cavalier disregard for personal safety. Elephants and humans mingle freely, un-phased by the pounding racket emitted by huge stereos, pumping out Thai pop music and cranked up to the max. I am here to tell that it is quite an unnerving experience, almost surreal in fact, to find myself surrounded by these slowly and patiently perambulating leviathans. Yet I feel safer strolling amid several hundred tonnes of promenading pachyderms than I do crossing a Lao street. Lao drivers do so as an act of faith and heart stopping disregard for self preservation.”

A new weekThailand

Posted by Soren Wettendorff Monday, October 13 2008 13:58:06

We keep the breath in Bangkok for the moment. The good news are that the PAD has postponed (wisely) planned protests as they will avoid clashes with the police, and realized that the police are not the enemy, and as they cant get directly in front of the “real enemy”, it’s better to put things on hold until further notice.

The PM are as the rest of his family (remember he’s the brother in law of Thaksin), and a 10 year old corruption cases or rather Tax fraud while taking a huge potion of shares in his sisters company – Shin Cooperation, which was stated as a wedding gift on his tax fillings for the year. For reasons I will not judge here, just comment on that his marriage was 2 years earlier, the revenue department have a hard time believing this, and are more likely to call it fraud and have visualized this by taking the matter to court. The case will start Tuesday the 14 October.

Even the Chief of army; Anupong have now called for the PM to step back, his reason for this is that the PM should take the responsibility for the incidents last week, and he’s just the latest among many who are voicing this now. Anyhow, the PM is not likely to get out “alive” from the courthouse so let’s see what the week brings, but one thing for sure, the odds of him surviving a week more in office are not good.