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Who is this week’s Champion of Overstayers? – Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner

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PHOTOS: Thai Tourist Police Bureau

The Thai Tourist Police have executed the 20th raid in their “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner” campaign. Again, they’ve turned up dozens of foreigners on overstay and people entering the Kingdom illegally.

Eighteen schools were raided for illegals including three international schools and 2 language institutes.

Pol Maj Gen Surachete Hakpal – aka ‘Big Joke’ in the Thai media – spoke at 2 am this morning, near Khao San Road outside the Chana Songkhram Police Station (does this man ever sleep?!).

Eleven foreigners were arrested for overstaying their visas. Tourist police named the top three overstayers…

1. 40 year old Irina Mesheryakova from Uzbekistan. Living in Chonburi she had overstayed almost six years – 2,002 days.

2. 39 year old Tynkkyen Marko Samuel, a Finnish national arrested in Udon Thani on three years overstay – 1,101 days.

3. 33 year old Shivdayal Mahi Tiwari, living in Bangkok on 1,057 days overstay – nearly three years.

An additional 46 people were arrested for illegal entry – 23 from Myanmar, India 9, Cambodia 7, Laos 5 and Vietnam 2 people. Ten people from Myanmar, three Thais and one Nigerian were arrested on other matters. In total 75 locations were raided. This number included 13 regular schools, three international schools and two English language schools.

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SOURCE: Thai Tourist Police Bureau



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Thai exports fall 5.7 percent in January, year-on-year

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Thai export results have dipped for the third straight month, falling more than 5.65% compared to a year earlier. The fall was a lot bigger than expected, according to the Thai commerce ministry.

Shipments contracted 1.72% in December, compared to a year earlier as well.

January’s export drop was due to falling shipments of rice, gold, electronics and cars, according to the ministry. Digging into the numbers, exports to the US rose 8.3% in the first month of the year, compared to January 2018, but exports to China slumped 16.7%.

The strong Thai baht, Asia’s best performing currency this year, has increasingly hit exports, particularly rice orders.

Checking imports for the same period, and the numbers jumped surprisingly 13.99% year on year, after sliding 8.15% in December 2018. Analysts say the surge in imports was partly due to imports of arms and military weapons.

There was a trade deficit of $4.03 billion in January, compared with a forecast surplus of $320 million surplus. December 2018 had a $1.06 billion surplus.

But the ministry says they are still forecasting export growth of 8% for 2019 after a 6.7% increase last year.

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Weather for February 22

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Bangkok

Generally clear. High 35ºC. Winds S at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Phuket

Generally clear. High 32ºC. E winds shifting to S at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Chiang Mai

Generally clear. High 36ºC. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Pattaya

Generally clear. High 31ºC. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Hua Hin

Partly cloudy. High 33ºC. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h.

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Ko Samui

Partly cloudy. High 26ºC. Winds SE at 15 to 25 km/h.

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Strong baht a concern for Thai hotel sector

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by Bill Barnett

Thailand’s baht performance against Asian currencies in 2018, was unmatched, with the exception of the Japanese yen.

Commenting on the trend financial news Bloomberg have highlighted that in 2019, a further 4% in growth this year have it sitting at the top of the table.

Oddly, one of the underlying factors stimulating the baht’s appreciation is the recovery in tourism arrivals which has a double-digit impact on the country’s GDP.

While the elections remain a wild card on forward expectations, the reality is that the currency has not been hit like the Chinese yuan, which has been disrupted by a threatened U.S. China trade war and slowdown in its economy.

Despite higher than expected tourism numbers in 2018, hotel owners are cautiously optimistic on the prospects for the year.

In reality, despite rising prices for visitors, the economic climate is leading many property developers turning to hospitality assets as the real estate market remains volatile. The general view is that sustainable cash flow as part of their business mix is good and that tourism fundamentals remain strong.

Still, looking at nearby competitors such as Vietnam, which is rapidly growing from a cub into a tourism tiger, the issue of affordability is concerning. Currency swings remain a real and present factor in demand, so expect hoteliers to keep watching currency levels closely in 2019.

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