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  • Commerce Ministry’s plan to catapult SMEs to 40% GDP by 2027

    The Commerce Ministry unleashed an ambitious plan to elevate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to new heights, targeting a staggering 40% contribution to the GDP by 2027. A comprehensive strategy is set to turbocharge consumption, investment, government spending, and international trade, propelling SMEs into the forefront of economic prowess. Acknowledging the pivotal role SMEs play in Thailand’s economic fabric, Commerce…

  • Bolt boosts safety in Thailand with new app features

    European mobility company Bolt strengthened its safety protocols in Thailand by introducing new measures designed to support both drivers and riders. A new feature, driver selfie verification, has been added to the ride-hailing application to minimise instances of driver impersonation and bolster safety for all users. In addition, Bolt launched an innovative trip safety monitoring feature. This facility allows the company…

  • Thailand’s tourism operators question 40 million visitors target

    The government’s ambitious target of attracting 40 million foreign visitors is viewed as daunting by Thailand tourism operators, considering factors such as high travel costs, diminished demand in big markets such as China and Russia, and competition from surrounding nations. Thanet Supornsahasrungsi, who heads the Association of Chon Buri Tourism Federation, pinpointed the stagnant Chinese market as a significant issue,…

  • Gold price dips to 33,900 baht per baht, says GTA

    The Gold Traders Association (GTA) decreased the gold price consecutively today compared to the closing price yesterday. The bullion price shifted to 33,900 baht (US$981) per baht today. Reporters stated that the GTA announced a 100 baht (US$2.89) decrease in today’s gold price compared to yesterday’s closing price, with the bullion price now standing at 33,900 baht (US$981) per baht,…

  • Potential lithium reserves discovered in Phang Nga for EV industry

    The Department of Primary Industries and Mines has identified potential lithium reserves in Phang Nga’s Takua Thung district, which could be instrumental in catering to the growing demands of the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Initial surveys indicate the presence of the element in the Ruangkiet area, where pegmatite, a rock from which lepidolite is derived, was discovered. Lepidolite is a…

  • Thailand’s fruit exports projected to increase by 4% in 2024

    Expectation for a 4% increase in the volume of fresh and processed fruit exports this year has been projected by the Commerce Ministry, driven by a strong demand. Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai, after a meeting with ministry officials and fruit-related representatives, expressed optimism about fruit exports. The ministry predicts a 4% increase in both volume and value of fresh and…

  • Thailand’s tourism authority faces challenge to boost foreign arrivals

    With a significantly decreased budget from its 2019 benchmark, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) faces the daunting task of increasing foreign arrivals from 28 million in 2023 to 40 million in just a year. The drastic goal was deliberated on Tuesday when Chai Wacharonke, a government spokesperson, revealed potential plans to boost arrivals to this figure, spurred by new…

  • Thai baht predicted to appreciate amid expected US interest rate cuts

    The Thai baht is predicted to appreciate to 33 against the US dollar in the near future, as the market anticipates an early start to US Federal Reserve interest rate cuts, possibly as soon as March. This expectation could trigger an inflow of funds into the Thai currency. The baht registered at 34.26 to 34.28 per US dollar yesterday, a…

  • Thai-Chinese visa exemption policy may boost outbound travel by 10%

    The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) predicted a 10% surge in outbound visitors from Thailand to China, due to the new mutual visa exemption policy between the two countries. However, the ATTA President, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, expressed doubts over the government’s projected figure of 8.2 million inbound visitors from China. The visa-free arrangement, aimed at enhancing bilateral relations and boosting tourism…

  • Thai industries foresee slow growth, tourism still below 2019 levels

    The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) anticipates sluggish growth for the steel and internal combustion engine (ICE) industries this year, whilst the tourism sector remains unlikely to reach 2019 levels. FTI chairman Kriengkrai Thiennukul emphasised the need for economic measures to support certain industries due to these projected declines. The steel and iron industry faces a slowdown as state construction…

  • EEC policy committee sanctions business centre and smart city

    The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee yesterday sanctioned the creation of the EEC Business Centre and Livable Smart City. The new ventures are projected to yield over 200,000 employment opportunities. The establishment of the EEC Business Centre and Livable Smart City aligns with the broader vision of transforming the EEC into a major business and finance hub in the…

  • Thai government initiates measures to alleviate SMEs’ debt

    As part of its ongoing commitment to address economic issues, the government has launched a programme to suspend and alleviate debt for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Government spokesperson, Chai Wacharonke, confirmed this. The board of the Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCG), a state-owned specialised financial institution under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry, has recently given the go-ahead for…

  • SF Holding’s acquisition to boost Thailand’s delivery services sector

    The delivery services sector in Thailand is set to experience a surge in competition following SF Holding’s acquisition of shares in Kerry Express (Thailand). The move is poised to equip Kerry Express with a wider range of services and the potential for greater application of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, thereby boosting its competitive position. Shippop, a logistics aggregator, anticipates a…

  • Eight new Thai airlines set to launch amid anticipated travel recovery

    This year, eight new Thai airlines are set for take off, anticipating a continued recovery in leisure travel and anticipating around 35 million foreign tourists. Among them is Cool Airlines, which intends to provide scheduled services on medium to long-haul international routes. This comes following approval from the Ministry of Transport for operating licenses, as stated by the Civil Aviation…

  • BYD challenges Tesla’s supremacy with record EV sales in Q4

    Leading Chinese car manufacturer BYD reported selling 526,409 fully electric vehicles (EVs) in the fourth quarter, challenging Tesla’s global market leadership. According to a stock exchange filing, BYD’s sales, boosted by end-of-year discounting, hit 340,178 EV and hybrid units in December, including 190,754 all-electric models. Overall, BYD reported a 62% year-on-year increase in 2023, selling 3.01 million units. The Shenzhen-based…

  • Bangchak to balance expansion and emission reduction

    Bangchak Corporation Plc, the energy giant, has pledged to harmonise its business expansion with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next seven years. Chaiwat Kovavisarach, the CEO, emphasised the need to merge profitability with active initiatives to shrink the global warming-causing gases. The company and its subsidiaries are due to receive an allocation of 150 billion baht for…

  • Bitcoin surges above 1.537 million baht marking a significant peak

    With a noteworthy rise of 3%, Bitcoin surged above US$45,000 (1.537 million baht) today, marking its first significant peak since April of the previous year. This considerable leap has signalled an auspicious start to 2024 for the world’s leading and most recognisable cryptocurrency. Earlier in the day, Bitcoin had reached an impressive 21-month high of US$45,386 (1.550 million baht). It…

  • Thai government cuts local alcohol tax to zero to boost tourism and economy

    The Thai government has announced a tax reduction on local alcohol as part of a wider review of laws hindering domestic tourism and economic growth. Revealed on January 2 at the Government House, Prime Minister Settha Thavisin stated that the restructuring of excise and various national taxes, including reducing domestic alcohol tax to 0%, formed part of their strategy to…

  • Thailand’s economy braces for slow growth

    Thailand’s economy is set to experience slow growth in the coming years, with GDP forecasts for this year ranging between 3-3.4%. Several factors, including sluggish growth in exports, subdued Chinese demand for consumption and tourism, geopolitical risks, and a shortage of skilled workers, are expected to influence this. Despite these challenges, industry executives are optimistic and are devising strategies to…

  • Thai hospitality groups eye global expansion amid tourism recovery

    The global tourism recovery has spurred Thai hospitality groups to broaden their horizons beyond domestic borders, tapping into the robust demand in numerous destinations. In the previous year, many hotel management companies reported substantial profits, with some even witnessing their average daily room rates surpass 2019 levels, particularly in prime locations. Minor International (MINT), the largest hotel chain in Thailand,…

  • Thai investors anticipate surge in depositary receipts popularity in 2024

    Executives anticipate a surge in the popularity of depositary receipts (DRs) among Thai investors this year, with the investment tool offering a gateway to high-profile foreign stocks, risk diversification, and potential high returns. As they have become more prevalent on the Thai bourse, investors held DRs worth around 16 billion baht (US$466 million) on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)…

  • Thailand’s economy projected for strong recovery and growth in 2024

    Thailand’s economy is in a promising state of recovery, as projections indicate a boost in both domestic demand and tourist arrivals. With the resurgence of most industries and the emergence of tech-driven sectors like electric vehicles, there is a wave of optimism that the country’s economic growth will significantly strengthen in 2024. Six industries are predicted to experience rapid growth…

  • Thailand targets 3.5 trillion baht tourism boost for economy

    Thailand’s government is setting its sights on a 3.5 trillion baht (US$101 billion) boost to the economy via the tourism sector this year, aiming to establish the nation as an all-season tourist hotspot. A spokesperson for the government, Chai Wacharonke, revealed that over 27 million international travellers graced the country in 2023, with the majority stemming from Malaysia, closely followed…

  • AI set to revolutionise HR processes in 2024

    The transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of human resources (HR) was the primary topic of conversation at a recent meeting among strategic people and HR leaders. Industry reports are beginning to showcase how these conversations align with the evolving reality. HR is no longer a purely administrative function; it must lead transformative initiatives, with many professionals…

  • Centara Hotels marks 2023 as year of significant growth

    Noteworthy strides have been made by Thailand’s premier hotel operator, Centara Hotels & Resorts, in the past year. The chief executive, Thirayuth Chirathivat, marks this year as a year of significant accomplishment for the company, capitalising on the revived travel and hospitality industry to fortify Centara’s status and ensure a robust and sustainable future, reports Bangkok Post. With a rich…

  • Bitcoin value dips as traders speculate on potential US ETF impact

    Bitcoin’s value fell by 2.4% in the last 24 hours, trading at US$42,400 (1.4 million baht) on yesterday in Singapore. This comes as traders speculate on how the potential approval of the first US exchange-traded funds (ETFs) investing directly in the digital asset could impact crypto markets. Despite the recent dip, Bitcoin has seen a significant rise of 156% this…

  • Chinese tourists boost Thailand’s hotel sector with rapid recovery

    The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand is on a rapid recovery trajectory this month, a trend analysts predict will continue into the Chinese New Year on February 10. This resurgence is expected to provide a much-needed boost to local hotels during this peak season. Statistics from December have shown a revival in visitors from key markets such as China,…

  • PTT helps Thai government lower power tariffs using contract breach fine

    PTT Plc, Thailand’s national oil and gas conglomerate, is slated to assist the government in lowering the power tariff in the early part of next year. This is to be achieved through the utilisation of 4.3 billion baht (US$124) from a fine imposed on its gas supplier for a breach of contract, according to an energy official. An inside source…

  • Government confirms plans to increase daily minimum wage in January

    The government has confirmed plans to raise the daily minimum wage in January, according to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. This is in line with an earlier agreement made by the tripartite wage committee, composed of government, employer and employee representatives. However, the Prime Minister, who also serves as the finance minister, has considered the agreed 2.37% increase insufficient. Prime Minister…

  • Thailand’s 2024 inflation target approved: 1% to 3% range maintained

    The Bank of Thailand’s (BoT) headline inflation target range for the year 2024 has been given the green light by the cabinet. The approved target, set between 1% and 3%, remains unaltered from the current year, as reported by Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat yesterday. This target, which serves as a guiding beacon for monetary policy, is subjected to an…