Phuket set to be a new model for food waste disposal

With the Phuket tourism industry well on the way to recovery and aiming to welcome 12 million tourist arrivals this year, the problem of food waste is seen as an increasingly critical issue. In an effort to reduce that waste, the Thai Organic Consumer Association ...

Veena Thoopkrajae with additonal report by Patcharee Leunguthai

PPP Committee wants 6 more transport projects fast-tracked

The Public Private Partnership Policy Committee on March 29 resolved to place six more transportation projects worth Bt600 billion on the fast track for implementation. The Industry Ministry will also set up a working panel as soon as possible to promote investment support and tax incentives ...

Sahapat boosts logistics facilities

Consumer – goods distributor Sahapat will invest around Bt650 million to set up a new central warehouse and data centre as it targets revenue of Bt33 billion this year. The company says it will also come out with new products. Boonchai Chokwatana, chairman of Saha ...

Istanbul-Phuket en route to open

Turkish Airlines will make Phuket its second port of call in Thailand with the launch of regular flights starting in July. The airline is to operate four non-stop flights a week between Istanbul and Phuket beginning July 17 with A330-300 wide-body jets, according to insiders. ...

Phuket awaits Russian, Chinese rebound

Russian and Chinese tourist arrivals to Phuket are expected to rebound this year thanks to improving tourism sentiment, says hospitality market researcher and consultant C9 Hotelworks Co. Managing director Bill Barnett said Russian tourists are starting to return to a normal level while Chinese travellers are ...

Phuket hospitals rejecting migrant workers’ insurance

Some women are forced to abandon their babies at hospitals as they’re being denied universal health coverage. Financial difficulties in the healthcare system is leading to pregnant migrant workers only in Phuket province being denied access to Universal Coverage health insurance scheme when they deliver babies. Usually ...

Tanintharyi tourism committee to draft master plan

A Tanintharyi development committee, operating under the tourism ministry and chaired by local tycoon Serge Pun, is drawing up a master plan for sustainable tourism in the region. Tanintharyi boasts the Myeik archipelago, a cluster of more than 800 largely untouched islands that hold huge ...

Can tourism recover?

Despite a fall in Chinese arrivals after the zero-dollar tour crackdown, Thai tourism authorities are convinced that the market will return. The tourism boom is expected to continue in 2017 and remain a major growth driver for the economy even as the industry sees falling ...

Rainbow snake, tiny frog among new Mekong species

A rainbow-headed snake, a tiny frog and a lizard with dragon-like horns are among more than 150 new species confirmed by scientists last year in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region, researchers said on Monday. Winding its way from the Tibetan plateau through the ...

Four-year plan aims to boost tourism

The National Tourism Policy Committee has unveiled a four-year plan to enhance tourism competitiveness and has also approved a special zone focusing on four islands in southern Thailand. Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn on November 30 said the committee would organise a series of training programmes ...

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