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Thousands of job applicants line up Bangkok hotel before sunrise

Caitlin Ashworth

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Not hundreds, but thousands of job applicants showed up to a Bangkok hotel before the sun came up early yesterday morning. Some slept outside to be first in line to file an application at the Miracle Grand Convention Hotel in the Lak Si district. By 4am, 5,000 people were waiting outside the hotel.

The hotel advertised 300 vacant positions and planned to let applicants in at 8am, but with the overwhelming turnout, Miracle Group chairman Aswin Ingkakul says he started the application process an hour early. He even ordered water and snacks for the crowd that had been standing in line for hours.

“We understand they are having hard times. So our staff members were ordered to treat them with respect … We still have jobs, while these applicants do not, so we need to understand them and treat them with kindness.”

While Ingkakul says he was surprised with the high turnout, he says it reflects Thailand’s struggling economy. With 90% decline in visits from foreign tourists and local clients at Miracle hotels, Ingkakul says things can only get better.

The jobs advertised are for various levels at the hotel with salaries starting at 20,000 baht for low level staff. Ingkakul says the hotel will arrange interviews with the top applicants within the next 2 weeks.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    August 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Terrible.
    This is what this Thai government has caused through their stupid policies.
    I hope those Thais that land a job are paid . . .

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      spik3s

      August 17, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      You have clearly no idea what you’re talking about. If not the ignorance of oh-so-all-knowing people in Europe and America, who continuously ignore covid prevention measures the borders would be opened long time ago. Thai people put everything on line to make sure it’s safe for people to come back soon, but ignorance on the other side is now costing them their livelihood. I wish all the best all applicants and I hope they will find means of supporting themselves through these tough times.

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    me

    August 17, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    respect to the employers. empathy is key.

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      Peter Stiffinson

      August 17, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      The Thai economy and its Strict immigration not only began to push foreigners away pre covid virus but actually made it even worse during and post covid virus. The Country’s whose economy depends largely on foreign investors and tourism simply could not withstand the economic blow it asked for by closing itself to the outside world in the manner it did. Like a recluse. Not only will foreign investors and tourists seek more welcoming countries and its incentives but they already begun to find far more cooperative destinations. Land of Smiles may not be smiling if this lasts longer than optimists expect.

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        Josh trousdale

        August 19, 2020 at 7:39 am

        It will get better but for students paying for a college degree in hospitality…drop out now and change your profession. This is the future for the tourist industry for the next 5 years. I hope they all get jobs.

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    Gosport

    August 17, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    20,000 baht per month is a Wow.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    August 18, 2020 at 12:57 am

    The obvious lesson from all of this is that Thailand needs to invest in training for its people, they need to skill up and export more, not rely on low-to-no-skill tourism jobs. It’s time to make whitey welcome again to help transform Thailand into something better.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    August 18, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    How can applicants “line up a Bangkok hotel”?
    Do you not have any editors at The Thaiger? I see these kinds of glaring errors frequently.

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    Tropical Girl

    August 18, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I need a job. What other hotels are “lined up”? What are “low level jobs”? I’d like to know if I can qualify for a “high level” job.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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The story has caused ongoing rage in Thai social media with people using the cases as proof Thailand’s warped justice system where wealth and power can help you bypass official investigations.

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SOURCE: Pattaya News

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