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Thailand, Guatemala contestants win “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Friendly”

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Two minor titles of the Miss Earth 2010 pagean including “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Friendly” belonged to Watsaporn Wattanakoon of Thailand and Sue Ellen Castaneda Herrera from Guatemala.

Miss Thailand Watsaporn Wattanakoon

Watsaporn Wattanakoon, 23, was crowned Miss Thailand Earth 2010.  She is currently studying Communication Arts and serves as spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.

The final night of the beauty contest will take place at Vinpearl Land Resort and Spa on Hon Tre Island, Khanh Hoa Province’s Nha Trang City on December 4.

The event will be aired live on VTV1, VTV4, ABS-CBN, Star World and many TV channels in other countries.


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Source: SGGP

Vietnam, Thailand boost cooperation in tourism

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Vietnam, Thailand boost cooperation in tourism

QĐND – Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, on October 12th, worked with Thailand National Tourist Office to boost tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Over the past years, Thailand has always been on the list of Vietnam’s top ten key markets. In the first nine months of 2010 alone, the number of Thai tourists to Vietnam reached 161,000 people, a year-on-year increase of 39.5%.

At the working session, the two sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in information and experience exchanges, tourism promotion, and particularly the implementation of a programme, “One million tourists between Vietnam and Thailand by 2015”.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Thailand, Vietnam join hands to boost bilateral tourism

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The Tourism Authority of Thailand in Ho Chi Minh City announced the upcoming launch of the co-joint tourism development program entitled “One million tourists in 2015” at the press conference at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center, also known as part of the ongoing International Travel Expo 2010.

Thai arrivals will find out new surprises at the mysterious attractions of Vietnam

According to TAT representative, the program, which is set to debut on Oct 3, will highlight six points, including review and discuss program policies for both countries at agendas to ensure the target, exchange information between two countries, exchange the media between two countries, invite each other to Trade shows and other events, support each other to do roadshows in two countries, and joint-promotion to foster the relationship between two countries.

The program is co-organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand and Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

The TAT spokeperson also figured out that, in the first seven months of 2010, Thailand has welcomed over 240,000 Vietnamese visitors, about six percent higher than last year. At same time, about 120,000 Thai tourists already booked trips to Vietnam, he noted.

The spokeperson also said that the target is shared equally to both countries. That means they await about 500,000 Vietnamese tourists to Thai and 500,000 Thai to Vietnam.

When asked about Vietnam’s ranking on the International Arrivals to Thailand Billboard (Asian category), TAT answered that Vietnam positioned at second category, together with Singapore, following the first category of Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and China.

Vietnamese visitors can explore a peaceful Thailand at very competitive price thanks to the new program (Photo: Courtesy of TAT) 

The new program, a part from the 2010 “Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You” campaign by TAT, promisingly will help boosting the travelling needs between two countries also raising more interest to discover the culture and people.


Along with the program, TAT also introduced several travel activities & promotions in late 2010 and early 2011.

Some are the project “Bangkok Welcome You.Com”, also known as a news portal, featuring updates of impressive discounts on accommodation and entertainment in Thailand; two biggest golf tournaments of the year in Thailand  as “Thailand Golf Invitation TAT 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament”  and “5 Asian Tigers Golf Tournament”; Adventure TravelMart; and “Go Green, Go Thailand” campaign for the eco-tourism market.

In last speech at the press, TAT promised to discuss a suggestion by a reporter about common visa for Vietnam and Thailand at an agenda in Hanoi, a part of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long Citadel. The suggestion is expected to open wide the tourism market to foreigners, who always want to find easy to way to travel.

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Source: SGGP

Toyota to start Prius production in Thailand: reports

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

AFP file

TOKYO, Aug 7, 2010 (AFP) – Toyota Motor will start producing the Prius hybrid in Thailand this year, stepping up overseas output of the fuel-sipping vehicles amid swelling global demand, reports said Saturday.

Toyota, the front-runner in hybrid cars that use two power sources — a petrol engine and another source such as an electric motor — launched the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, in 1997.

It will make the latest model of the Prius in Thailand, the second hybrid car following the hybrid version of the Camry sedan, the Nikkei daily and Jiji Press said without citing sources.

Local subsidiary Toyota Motor Thailand Co. will oversee the Prius production, with the technology-sensitive hybrid system including batteries and engines to be supplied from Japan, the reports said.

The world’s biggest automaker wants eventually to export the hybrid cars from Thailand to quickly expanding Asian markets, the reports said.

Sales of hybrids have been brisk in recent years because of high petrol prices and increasing public awareness of global warming.

Last year, Toyota recalled 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles to repair a flaw in the braking system, as part of around 10 million recalls worldwide that have tarnished its previously stellar reputation for quality.

However, the Prius has retained the popularity, being the most-selling cars in Japan for the past year, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam draws football with Thailand

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Vietnam draws football with Thailand

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

Hosts Vietnam drew with Thailand 1-1 in their first match at the ASEAN Football Federation’s U19 Football Championship in HCM City on July 24.

The unexpected draw created enormous difficulties for Vietnam , as they have to play tough rivals Australia and the Republic of Korea (RoK) in the following matches.

In the opening game of the same day, Australia defeated RoK 1-0.

The tournament will last until July 30.

Both Vietnam and Thailand have qualified for the final round of the Asian U19 Football Championship in China in October.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thailand lifts emergency rule in three provinces

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

BANGKOK, July 20, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand said Tuesday that it was lifting a state of emergency in three northern provinces but not in Bangkok, two months after the end of anti-government protests in the capital that turned deadly.

The emergency law, which bans public gatherings of more than five people and gives security forces the right to detain suspects for 30 days without charge, will remain in place in 16 other provinces.

Earlier this month Thailand extended the emergency powers across about one quarter of the country by three months, prompting concern among rights groups and key allies including the United States.

The cabinet decided Tuesday to revoke the state of emergency in Lampang, Roi Et and Sakon Nakhon provinces, in addition to five areas where the decree was recently lifted, said deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaismut.

“There are no political movements in those three provinces and local officials are confident that they can handle the situation,” he said.

In the 16 other provinces, security officials report continued political activities such as using community radio to incite unrest, as well as fears of sabotage and assassination attempts on important people, he added.

Two months of mass rallies by the Red Shirts, who were seeking immediate elections, sparked outbreaks of violence that left 90 people dead, mostly civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured, ending in a bloody army crackdown in May.

Critics say the government may be fanning the crisis as it clamps down and censors the protest movement — which broadly supports fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra — rather than addressing its grievances.

A visiting senior US envoy last week called for the state of emergency to be lifted “as soon as possible”.

William Burns, the State Department’s number three, said that to retain these powers indefinitely was “not healthy for a democratic system”.

The authorities have used the powers to arrest hundreds of suspects — including most of the top leaders of the “Red Shirt” protest movement — and shut down anti-government TV channels, radio stations and websites.

New York-based group Human Rights Watch said earlier this month the government was “systematically using” the emergency decree to hold suspects without charge for up to 30 days in unofficial places of detention.

Many detainees have been held at military camps but their exact numbers and whereabouts are unknown to their families, it said.

According to Human Rights Watch, putting detainees in the hands of security personnel who often lack training and experience in civilian law enforcement increases the risk of serious abuses.

The government has rejected calls from the opposition for the decree to be lifted in Bangkok for a parliamentary by-election in the capital on July 25 in which a Red Shirt leader detained on terrorism charges is running.

A separate state of emergency has been in place since 2005 in three Muslim-majority southern provinces where a separatist insurgency has left more than 4,100 people dead in six years, with no end in sight to the violence.

Source: SGGP

US names new Thailand envoy

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday named veteran diplomat Kristie Kenney as the US ambassador to Thailand, where political tensions are running high after deadly street protests.

Kenney most recently served as ambassador to the other key US ally in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, where she helped smooth out relations through a series of incidents including rape allegations against a US Marine.

The nomination as ambassador to Thailand requires Senate approval. She would replace Eric John, who is completing three years in his post.

If confirmed, Kenney would have to tread carefully in Thailand’s complicated politics. Thailand in May summoned John after a senior US envoy met with “Red Shirt” protesters, who have sought a US mediatory role.

The Red Shirts’ two-month protest in central Bangkok descended into several outbreaks of violence that left 90 people dead and nearly 1,900 injured, ending in a bloody army crackdown.

Kenney, who has also served as US ambassador to Ecuador, was known in the Philippines for her public diplomacy including taking to blogs and Facebook to reach out to Filipinos.

Source: SGGP

Thailand prolongs emergency rule over swathes of country

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

BANGKOK, July 6, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand on Tuesday extended by three months a state of emergency across about one quarter of the country, including Bangkok, due to lingering fears of unrest following deadly protests.

AFP/File – A Thai soldier stands guard in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in central Bangkok

The move comes despite warnings from human rights campaigners that the authorities’ use of the sweeping emergency powers lacks transparency and suppresses freedom of expression.

The emergency decree, imposed in April after a mass opposition rally began in the capital, will be maintained for three more months in 19 provinces — out of a total of 76 — but lifted in five others, officials said.

“The cabinet endorsed the lifting of the state of emergency in five provinces,” deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaismut said. “Emergency rule will still be imposed in the rest.”

The strict laws ban public gatherings of more than five people and give security forces the right to detain suspects for 30 days without charge.

Two months of mass anti-government protests by the “Red Shirt” movement, pushing for immediate elections, sparked outbreaks of violence that left 90 people dead, mostly civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured.

The government rejected a call from the opposition for the emergency decree to be revoked for a parliamentary by-election in Bangkok on July 25.

A Red Shirt leader detained on charges of terrorism is running in the vote as a candidate for the opposition Puea Thai Party.

Security officials on Monday proposed extending the state of emergency, warning that some weapons seized during the anti-government protests were still missing.

But a leading think-tank, International Crisis Group, voiced concern Monday that the emergency laws had empowered authorities to stifle the anti-government movement and should be lifted at once.

“While the Red Shirts have no opportunity for open and peaceful expression because of draconian laws, their legitimate frustrations are being forced underground and possibly towards illegal and violent actions,” ICG said.

Thailand should lift the law “or risk further damaging its democracy, hindering much needed reconciliation, and sowing the seeds of future deadly conflict,” the Brussels-based group said in a report.

Enraged protesters went on a rampage of arson after a deadly army crackdown ended their rally on May 19. The unrest also spread outside the capital, particularly in the Reds’ stronghold in Thailand’s impoverished northeast.

The five provinces where emergency rule will be lifted are Si Sa Ket, Kalasin, Nan, Nakhon Sawan and Nakhon Pathom, scattered around north, northeast and central Thailand.

Source: SGGP

Viet Nam, Thailand ink MICE deal

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Viet Nam, Thailand ink MICE deal

QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Department (Viettrade) yesterday, June 30, in Ha Noi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening MICE trade co-operation between the two countries.

The event aims to create opportunities for the development of two countries’ MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) industry, implementing MICE market surveys in the Southeast Asia region and exchanging information on industry.

“The MoU is the latest pledge between the two countries and it is hoped that it will help the progress of economic integration of Southeast Asian countries through the MICE industry,” said Ta Hoang Linh, deputy head of the Viettrade under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The number of Vietnamese arrivals in Thailand increased to over 362,000 visitors in 2009, up from 2008’s figure of 338,300, with MICE visitors accounting for 13 per cent of the total.

Supawan Teerarat, director of the TCEB said that Viet Nam and Thailand had good relations and shared many common viewpoints. Strengthening trade co-operation would benefit both sides.

She also confirmed that the recent political crisis in Thailand had no affect on the country’s MICE industry.

According to the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, bilateral trade turnover with Viet Nam is expected to reach US$10 billion this year, an increase of nearly $4 billion on 2009.

Last year, Thailand’s investors ranked 8th position among foreign investors in Viet Nam, up from the 12th position in 2006. So far, 25 Thai companies have invested in Viet Nam with a total of 216 FDI projects, according to the National Statistics Office of Thailand.

At present, Thailand ranks third in trade exchange in the ASEAN region.

The TCEB said that it was deploying a promotional programme named “One more night, one more smile” to encourage Vietnamese MICE visitors to Thailand to take part in exhibitions.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Ford to build new plant in Thailand

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 am

BANGKOK, June 24, 2010 (AFP) – US carmaker Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it would spend 450 million dollars to build a new plant in Thailand, giving a much-needed boost to an economy reeling from deadly political unrest.

Ford said the factory in Rayong, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Bangkok, would employ up to 2,200 workers with production scheduled to begin in 2012, starting with the next-generation Ford Focus.

It will have an initial output capacity of 150,000 vehicles a year, mostly for export, boosting Thailand’s efforts to be a regional hub for car production.

Ford said it planned to buy about 800 million dollars of local components every year through Thai suppliers.

The move is welcome news for the Thai economy, which has seen its growth stunted by two months of anti-government protests in Bangkok that paralysed parts of the capital and scared away foreign tourists.

The mass rally by the “Red Shirt” movement, seeking immediate elections, sparked outbreaks of violence that left 90 people dead, mostly civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured.

Ford chief executive Alan Mulally said the investment “is another important step in our aggressive expansion in the Asia-Pacific region”.

The company, which expects the region to account for roughly 40 percent of the car industry’s growth over the next five to seven years, has invested three billion dollars in expanding its operations in Asia since 2006.

Ford has enjoyed a turnaround in its fortunes following a dire period for the industry, battered by a severe global economic downturn that forced the US government to rescue General Motors and Chrysler from bankruptcy.

The auto giant said increased global sales helped it to a 2.1-billion-dollar profit in the first quarter of 2010. This followed earnings of 2.7 billion dollars for all of 2009 — Ford’s first annual profit since 2005.

Source: SGGP