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Special holiday weekend expected to generate 12.6 billion baht – TAT governor

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With this Thursday and Friday deemed “special holidays” in an effort to boost domestic tourism, 3.02 million people are expected to travel around Thailand and generate over 12.6 billion baht in tourism revenue, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The recent Covid-19 cases could influence travellers’ plans, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says. In Bangkok, a Hungarian diplomat tested positive after coming in contact with the visiting Hungarian foreign minister. In Rayong, a South Korean soldier tested positive after returning home from Thailand’s Cobra Gold military training exercise. The soldier also stayed in Bangkok during his time in Thailand. Last month in Koh Samui, a woman tested positive after being released from a Samut Prakan quarantine facility.

Along with Covid fears, the number of travellers might not be high because several private companies decided not to grant the extra holidays, Yuthasak says. He adds that there is another long holiday in December and some people might be saving up to travel then.

Yuthasak expects the total number of travellers to be close to the amount of travellers during September’s long weekend. He estimates that room occupancy will average at 37%.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Paul Mock

    November 17, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    How does the thai government expect domestic tourism to generate so much money to the tourism sector and more when when there is very little money spread around by holiday makers which would allow domestic thai tourists money to spend….surely the government offering thai people special deals and discounts just means the government is spending government money and not the thai people spending money ??!!

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    David Jackson

    November 17, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    A ‘Special Holiday’ doesn’t generate anything apart from causing planning issues for existing institutions such as schools, factories and companies.
    In terms of the 12.6 Billion THB, again, nothing is created … it merely relocates money from one bank to another.
    Open the doors now Thailand.

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      Nipral

      November 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      You are damn right but try to explain to military !!!
      The safest way to waste your time !

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    Nipral

    November 17, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Stupid remark ! This is simply domestic Baths which remain domestic !
    The only income that will eventually improve the economy is the the one
    imported ie foreign tourists ….Not anytime soon !!!
    Looks like the smart Thai government has not yet negociated vaccine supply neither
    with Pfizer nor Moderna.

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      Issan John

      November 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      “Stupid remark ! This is simply domestic Baths which remain domestic !
      The only income that will eventually improve the economy is the the one
      imported ie foreign tourists ….Not anytime soon !!!”

      …and that’s an even more “stupid remark”. The Thai economy has been hit considerably more by a drop in demand for exports than by the lack of “foreign tourists”.

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      Issan John

      November 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      “Looks like the smart Thai government has not yet negociated vaccine supply neither
      with Pfizer nor Moderna.”

      Why would they?

      Neither vaccine has been either proved or approved, and they’ve already “negotiated” to have a vaccine produced here, in Thailand, once proved and approved.

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        Mike Frenchie

        November 17, 2020 at 7:37 pm

        Because everybody else has booked the production… Thailand will end up in 2022 with 10 million unemployed people.

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    Gosport

    November 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Domestic tourism is the only way out current conundrum. Wait for vaccine, one say 90% effectiveness, the other 93, I think some guy someday, will put out 119 %. They just want to sell shares, borrow more free money.

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 17, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    A couple of beers on Jomtien beach, the bus trip and maybe one cheap restaurant (for the few rich ones).

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    Philip Tempe

    November 17, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Am I missing something here…the chinese are the ones that started this horrific pandemic.
    Yet Thailand wants them back in a hurry.
    I have been to thailand on holiday twice.
    Lovely country lovely people
    My girlfriend is thai.
    When I was there in 2019 the chinese are everywhere they seem to take the tourist spots over like an invasion..

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      Jowen

      November 18, 2020 at 4:16 am

      Because for one; China is the largest population in the world, and they’re not too far from the country of Thailand itself. Sure, some or many big spenders come from China. Second of all, how do you know that the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic is cause by the Chinese people itself? Sure it happened in China but could you please elaborate..? Where is the origin or who were the people that started this tests at the lab? Who are the people to backed this tests? Who approved and supply them with these things..?

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        Stephen Westrip

        November 19, 2020 at 2:42 am

        My take on the Chinese starting the pandemic (or not) is that it was not done purposefully but because of turning a blind eye to wet markets and illegal trading. The Chinese people know that some things sold at wet markets were illegal. Officials and the Chinese government turned a blind eye. Still these animals were bought and here we are. A virus infected humans via the food chain.

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        TS

        November 19, 2020 at 11:38 pm

        Yes! This weekend will generate even more domestic tourist spending than the massive phuket veggie festival which was a huge success-so large a draw that fully booked STV flights from china had to be postponed. 12.6 billion revenue is a lowball estimate. Since the country’s economy has almost completely recovered thanks to mr. p.m. dick tater, millions of Thais are ready to head out on holiday again. WooHoo, tourist industry saved!

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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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Thai netizens say pro-government royalists carried out Wednesday’s protest shootings

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Thailand’s netizens are refuting police’s claims that pro-democracy protesters carried out Wednesday’s rally shootings. The shootings occurred at the rally site near Bangkok’s Siam Commerical Bank head office, where the rally site was originally planned but was then moved after protesters tried to avoid a clash with pro-government royalists. However, shots were fired, with police arresting a suspect on charges of attempted murder, shooting in public without reason, and carrying a firearm in public.

The netizens found footage of the scene, in which they say they identified the faces of the offenders. The revelation came after Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai blamed Ratsadon guards for the shootings and injuries.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy leaders have been called into questionby donors to the movement, as they have criticised how the leaders have used the donations, when a guard was shot and injured. Netizens took to social media to ask what “fairy godmother” Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura and Pakorn “Hia Bung” Pornchewangkurn were buying with the donation money with some online comments mentioning the display of yellow ducks and props as a poor use of donation funds. Some criticisers pointed towards using the donations to buy protective gear for protesters after the shootings occurred, prompting the 2 leaders to issue a statement that they would now use such funds for the injured guards.

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Thai protests to continue in full force into December in line with symbolic calendar events

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The pro-democracy protests are set to continue well into December, according to Thai security officials. Officials have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities as symbolic calendar events are coming up. Today the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group says a protest will take place outside the 1st Infantry Battalion on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Phaya Thai District, giving credit to the predictions that there will no end in sight to the protests.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, made the announcement yesterday in light of the Constitutional Court being set to pass a ruling this Wednesday on whether PM Prayut is guilty of occupying a house that is meant for military officials.

Prayut is accused by the opposition of engaging in the conflict of interest by occupying the army residence. Such a move should have ended with his army chief tenure in 2014, according to critics.

Following the upcoming ruling on Wednesday, the symbolic calendar event of Constitution Day falls on December 10, a day which will ignite more protests as one of the main demands of pro-democracy demonstrators is to have a new Thai charter, along with the resignation of Prayut and reform of the Thai monarchy.

But despite the anticipated rise in rallies, security officials have ruled out the possibility of a military coup. Critics remain sceptical as many demonstrators claim the government has put police on the front lines of the protests, dressed in yellow shirts, in an attempt to spark a clash to pave the way for a coup. The current PM, when he was the head of the Thai Army in 2014, also said there would be “no coup” against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. A month later the NCPO led a bloodless coup and installed Prayut Chan-o-cha as the interim prime minister.

Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says protesters yesterday gathered near the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan before marching to the Bang Na intersection to rally, partially blocking the road. According to Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy spokesman for the national police, the protesters did not obtain permission for staging the rally.

Some protesters also reportedly spray-painted traffic police kiosks with messages that criticised the police for “ditching the people,” and smashed kiosk windows. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a protest leader, posted on Facebook yesterday that she has been summoned for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which bans anyone from criticising the King which states:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

Rung says she believes the summons is linked to the September 10 anti-government rally.

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Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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The Australian Government is putting up A$13 million to Imagine Entertainment and film giant MGM to shoot a live-action feature film called Thirteen Lives, based on the Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue story. The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vince Code, Cocoon, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Splash, Frost/Nixon), and start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate.

The Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, says the production ishould inject more than A$96 million into the Australian economy, “directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew”.

Thirteen Lives will tell the remarkable story of the effort by many volunteers, including Australians, to undertake an incredibly complex rescue. And I am proud to say that this story will be told here in Australia.”

“I understand this project will also undertake a significant amount of cutting-edge visual effects work here, a great opportunity for our local post, digital and visual effects companies.”

Thirteen Lives follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, far north Thailand. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group of diving and rescue experts from all over the world were called up to work together with their Thai counterparts to save the 13 young men. Among those experts were a group of divers from the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

Ron Howard has worked with plenty of Australians in the past.

“From Thirteen Lives to the animated projected I am directing with Animal Logic in Australia, I am excited about the opportunity to film and work in Australia and dramatically expand on that list of collaborators whose sensibilities and work ethic I have long admired and respected.”

Imagine Entertainment and MGM’s Thirteen Lives will be distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Watch a message from director Ron Howard HERE.

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