Thailand economy

  • Business News

    Thailand faces first consumer confidence dip in eight months

    A recent survey has revealed a decline in Thailand’s consumer confidence for the first time in eight months. This dip in March is attributed to a sluggish economic recovery and escalating living expenses. The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), which conducted the survey, reported a decrease in the consumer index to 63.0 in March, down from 63.8…

  • Thailand News

    Thai govt explores legalisation of casino entertainment complexes

    The Thai Cabinet yesterday endorsed a House committee report, greenlighting the prospect of legalising entertainment complexes featuring casinos within the country. The Ministry of Finance received orders to conduct a further feasibility study concerning this potential investment within a 30-day timeframe. Kenika Ounjit, the deputy government spokeswoman, highlighted that the entertainment complex initiative constitutes a vital component in the government’s…

  • Business News

    Commerce Ministry sees business boom: Registrations set to soar

    The Business Development Department of the Commerce Ministry foresees a positive trend in new business registrations for the year. The projection rides on the anticipated recovery of the tourism sector, thriving e-commerce, and the burgeoning electric vehicles (EV) market. In the first couple of months of 2024, new business registrations have seen a 1.57% increase, reaching a total of 17,270.…

  • Thailand News

    Less than 5% pay rise for Thai employees this year

    According to Aon Plc’s latest survey, Thai employees are set to experience a modest 4.9% pay rise this year, trailing behind their regional counterparts. The forecast anticipates a slight uptick from 4.7% last year but still falls short of the salary growth expected in Indonesia (6.5%), the Philippines (5.5%), and Malaysia (5%). Meanwhile, Singapore is projected to witness a 4%…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s minister calls for industrial sector transformation

    Thailand Industry Minister Pimpatra Vichayakul likened the nation’s industrial sector to a sleeping tiger ready to awaken and roar, emphasising the need for a transformation towards S-Curve industries. This declaration came during the Thailand 2024: The Great Challenges seminar held yesterday, January 23, at the Pullman King Power Hotel in Bangkok. Pimpatra highlighted the government’s role in supporting local and…

  • Business News

    Thai PM announces stimulus measures amidst economic crisis

    Acknowledging Thailand’s struggling economy, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who also serves as the Finance Minister, said today the government is set to introduce a series of stimulus measures to bolster growth. This revelation comes amidst criticism from Bank of Thailand‘s (BoT) Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, who argued that the government’s efforts will not rectify the underlying structural problems at the root…

  • Pattaya News

    Pattaya targets 27 million tourists in 2024 with robust strategies

    Thai government officials have set their sights on ambitious targets and goals to bounce back from the economic fallout caused by the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in 2024. Pattaya, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, amounting to about 90%, was majorly impacted as it has not yet fully recovered to the 2019 levels, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand…

  • Business News

    UTCC lowers Thailand’s 2023 economic growth forecast to 2.5%

    The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) lowered its economic growth forecast for 2023 to 2.5%, a dip from the previous prediction of 3% made in October of the previous year. The UTCC also anticipates a growth rate of 3.2% for the current year. The UTCC’s president, Thanavath Phonvichai, linked this downgrade to the third quarter’s lower-than-expected 1.9%…

  • Economy News

    Thailand’s biggest budget requests come from interior, education, finance ministries

    Thailand’s parliament has disclosed that the Interior, Education, and Finance ministries are making the largest budgetary requests for the ongoing fiscal year. The budget bill, which governs annual expenditure, is set for its initial reading from January 3 to 5, and is anticipated to be approved by April. This follows a delay due to the transition from the preceding to…

  • Economy News

    Thailand’s fiscal position geared to absorb potential economic shocks

    According to Pornchai Thiraveja, the director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, Thailand’s robust fiscal position is well-equipped to buffer any potential economic shocks. The country boasts a fiscal space substantial enough to absorb crises equating to 10% of the GDP. The Thai financial institutions are stable economically, with a 19.9% Bank for International Settlements ratio, which is well above the…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s soft power strategy under fire: Experts advocate for creative economy

    The Srettha Thavisin administration’s strategy of bolstering the economy through soft power is under scrutiny, as experts at a recent seminar suggested the concept is impractical and unclear. Seksan Anantasirikiat, Advertising Director at the Korean Association of Thai Studies (KATS), recommended a shift in focus towards promoting Thailand’s creative economy. The government, he suggested, should rebrand its strategy to reflect…

  • Business News

    Thai economy in crisis: Government seeks foreign investment and tackles debt

    The economy in Thailand is in crisis and needs some significant stimulation, according to the nation’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who also acts as the Thai Finance Minister. The nation’s reliance on tourism has been heavily impacted by lower-than-expected foreign arrivals, resulting in a need to prioritise foreign investment and tackle household debt. The 61 year old prime minister made…

  • Thailand News

    Thai government seeks urgent economic stimulus amid rising household debt

    The Thai economy is in a dire state and in urgent need of a stimulus package to prevent further deterioration, according to the government. This stance arises amid ongoing discussions about the true state of the economy, with some expressing doubts about the actual need for the government’s proposed US$313 million handout scheme, which would necessitate a loan of US$15.6…

  • Business News

    Thailand sees 2.3% rise in fuel consumption amid economic growth

    Thailand has witnessed a 2.3% surge in fuel consumption in the initial nine months of this year, averaging at 154 million litres daily, in harmony with the country’s economic expansion, according to the Department of Energy Business. There was an upswing in the demand for most fuel types, except for diesel, which saw a minor decline of 4.5% to 69.2…

  • Pattaya News

    Thailand to cut retail gas price following energy conservation fund resolution

    A significant resolution was announced by the director-general of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Prasert Sinsukprasert, on November 2. The pronouncement concerned a resolution on the Fund of Energy Conservation, which is set to bring about a substantial reduction in the retail gas price of Gasohol 91 by 2.50 baht per litre. This change is slated to take effect from…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s economy set to grow despite potential export decline

    A prominent joint business group announced today that Thailand’s economy is set to grow by 2.5% to 3.0% this year, a prediction consistent with their previous forecast. This anticipated growth is attributed to government support measures and the tourism industry. However, the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Banking (JSCCIB), which represents these sectors, warned of a potential decline…

  • Business News

    Thai bonds surge 5.8% amid elevated corporate debenture issuance

    Thai bond valuations experienced a notable increase of 5.8% within the first nine months of the year, skyrocketing to a colossal 16.7 trillion baht. This rise was predominantly propelled by government and corporate bonds, as revealed by the Thai Bond Market Association (ThaiBMA). Corporate debentures, a significant part of this upswing, saw an issuance of 825 billion baht from January…

  • Business News

    Thailand hikes interest rate amid economic uncertainty, shifts focus to soft power

    The Bank of Thailand unexpectedly hiked its interest rate to a decade-high of 2.5% in an effort to combat inflation and prepare for global economic fluctuations. This move has cast uncertainty over the nation’s economic outlook. The government has set an ambitious GDP target of 4.4% for the following year, a significant increase from this year’s projection of 2.5-3.0%. Despite…

  • Economy News

    UOB report uncovers economic concerns and investment trends in ASEAN nations

    The United Overseas Bank (UOB) released a significant report revealing the current economic sentiments of citizens and businesses across five ASEAN nations – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Two days ago, Yuthchai Tayaratchakul, the Executive Vice President of UOB, provided a statement regarding the ASEAN Consumer Sentiment Study (ACSS). The UOB report aimed to shed light on the top…

  • Politics News

    Digital wallet pioneering: Prime Minister’s blueprint for national advancement

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin revealed his readiness to manage the country’s development and drive full-fledged policies. The concept of a digital wallet is at the top of his agenda. PM Srettha emphasised that the current coalition government, comprising various political parties, needs to respect each other’s policies. The formation of the Cabinet is still in progress, with negotiations and discussions…

  • Economy News

    Economic predicament: Ipsos Study reveals Thai citizens’ fears of surging inflation

    A feeling of despondency is evident among the population of Thailand as an Ipsos study revealed concerns over increasing inflation and interest rates. The research, which comprised of responses gathered from a substantial 6,000 persons, displays a disconcerting economic predicament, with more than half of the respondents predicting an inflation upswing within the next 12 months. The study was headed by…

  • Business News

    Thailand sees ten-year high in new business registrations, surpasses projections

    The Business Development Department of Thailand’s Commerce Ministry reported an exceedance of its new business registration projections for the first half of the year. The original estimate of 42,000 to 45,000 new registrations translated to a practical figure of 47,286. A positive development which signals a thriving entrepreneurial climate. This buoyant climate has encouraged an upward revision of predictions for…

  • Economy News

    Business uncertainty fuels Thai Baht dip amid political unrest and Asian currency devaluation

    Embroiled in political and business uncertainty, the Thai baht plummeted to a low unseen since last November, a seven-month dip, agitating investor confidence. This occurred alongside a universal lowering in the value of various emergent Asian currencies versus an emboldened dollar, fuelled by robust US data allaying recession fears. Stock markets in the region largely painted a bleak picture, with…

  • Economy News

    Thai GDP growth at risk as new government formation faces delays

    Concerns are rising within the private sector as the potential delay in the formation of Thailand’s new government could lead to a decline in the country’s GDP growth to 1-2%. Kriengkrai Thiennukul, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, stated that the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) is closely monitoring the political situation. A new government…

  • Economy News

    Pheu Thai candidate Dr Silp champions cultural diversity for economic revival

    Dr Silp – Silpwichai Noisyamitr, a candidate for the constituency 24 of Khlong San, Thonburi, and Ratchaburana, Bang Pakok, under the Pheu Thai Party, aims to revive the economy with the diverse local culture. Growing up, he was a keen reader of Bangkok’s column in the newspaper, which made him an “active citizen” with a great knowledge of urban development.…

  • Economy News

    Employment at Thailand’s venues slowly picks up following nightlife reopening

    Aspiring bartenders can dream again, because now that Thailand’s nightlife is ‘officially’ back on, venues are slowly employing again. The country’s pubs, bars, karaoke bars, massage parlors and other venues are picking up the pieces after having to lay off employees during the Covid-19 pandemic. This news comes after Thailand stopped requiring such venues to call themselves ‘restaurants’ on June…

  • World News

    More Laotians travelling to Thailand for business, travel, and fuel?

    More Laotians have been travelling to Thailand ever since the Nong Khai border checkpoint reopened. Before travel restrictions lifted, there were about 300 Laotians visiting Thailand per day. Now, that number has soared to about 2,000 Laotians per day, according the the head of customs control at Nong Khai Customs House, Pakin Tiabkam. Pakin said 30,000 foreigners crossed the Nong…

  • Economy News

    Now there’s a Pepsi price surge coming to Thailand, too

    Amidst Thailand’s skyrocketing prices on fuel, postal services, and palm oil, another item’s price is set to go up- Pepsi. Suntory Pepsico (Thailand) Beverage announced today that Pepsi’s price will rise by up to 2 baht per bottle starting June 1, now that the cost of plastic bottles and aluminium cans has risen. The company noted, however, that the price…

  • Economy News

    As fuel prices climb, Thailand’s delivery workers struggle

    As Thailand’s fuel prices climb, some delivery drivers are saying the country’s attempts at subsidies aren’t helping them much. One motorcycle taxi driver told Thai PBS World that, even though the government offers a 250 baht discount per month on benzene or gasohol, it’s not worth it when he has to travel a long distance for it. The driver added that…

  • Economy News

    Thailand’s bottled palm oil price continues to skyrocket

    Efforts by Thailand’s palm oil farmers, extractors, and producers to cap the price of bottled palm oil at 64-66 baht per litre have proved fruitless. The price has now skyrocketed to 70-76 baht in some markets, according to a survey by Thai PBS. The survey says that in department stores, the price is 68 baht per litre or lower. Palm…