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A recent report from Expedia showed that its partner hotels had shown a steady 10 percent growth in guests year on year, with the bulk of Expedia’s bookings coming from the United States. China is the second-largest market overtaking Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea for the first time in two years. Expedia also reported that Chinese and Indians showed growing interest in premium hotels with more than 60 percent of the bookings made by Chinese and 55 percent of those made by Indians being in 4-star and 5-star hotels. While Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket remained the most visited cities by Chinese and Indian tourists, Hua Hin saw 110 percent growth in bookings through Expedia, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lipe both saw 100 percent growth.

Charoen Pokphand Group will be working with China Railway Construction Co Ltd and other companies including Italian-Thai Development and CH. Karnchang, as well as subway operator Bangkok Expressway and Metro to construct the high-speed rail line linking Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Don Mueang International Airport and U-Tapao in Rayong near Pattaya. The Cabinet approved the contract last week and the company is expected to sign the contract with the State Railway of Thailand this month. The goal is to start operations in 2024.

The single card linking the MRT and Airport Rail Link will come into use in September but an all- purpose card/payment system has been delayed until 2020 as the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), the state agency overseeing construction and the operation of urban mass-transit rail systems determines if it will develop the payment system or if it will have Krung Thai Bank do it. A single ticketing system linking all mass transit, including the Expressway, buses, boats, BTS, MRT and ARL is expected to take about 12- 18 months to develop.

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Jun 16 2019 >> Expedia shows hotel partners have steady growth
Jun 8 2019 >> LINE pay and Visa team up to offer digital credit cards
Jun 2 2019 >> New exemptions on Foreign Business License
May 26 2019 >> Expat Pay Packages Jump in 2018
May 18 2019 >> MICE travel numbers jump
May 12 2019 >> Passenger arrivals up 4.49 percent in the first quarter at AoT airports
May 5 2019 >> Bangkok number two destination in YouDiscover index
Apr 28 2019 >> Amazon opens new office in Bangkok to increase global reach of Thai vendors
Apr 21 2019 >> Cabinet approves budget for third runway at Suvarnabhumi
Apr 13 2019 >> New labor laws to be implemented May 5
Apr 6 2019 >> AoT expects over 3 million passengers during Songkran
Mar 31 2019 >> Large convention center planned for Phuket
Mar 24 2019 >> TAT predicts 2.3 million for Songkran
Mar 17 2019 >> Don Mueang Airport expansion on track
Mar 10 2019 >> Half of all new condo purchases by foreigners in Bangkok by Chinese
Mar 2 2019 >> Seventeen foreign firms approved for business, BOI approves five new projects for incentives
Feb 24 2019 >> Thai Economy grew 3.7 percent in the fourth quarter
Feb 17 2019 >> Thailand climbs up WEF Global Competitiveness ratings
Feb 10 2019 >> Thailand's e-commerce sector fastest growing in ASEAN
Feb 2 2019 >> Thailand top destination for Chinese tourists at Chinese New Year
Jan 25 2019 >> Elections expected to boost economy, attract investors
Jan 20 2019 >> Gems and Jewelry exports continue to grow
Jan 12 2019 >> Bangkok number one city in Mastercard Global Cities Index for overnight visitors
Jan 6 2019 >> Annual audits due - please book by February 15
Dec 30 2018 >> Strong economic growth in November is expected to continue through the end of the year
Dec 22 2018 >> 2G networks to be shut down next year
Dec 16 2018 >> Digital economy continues to grow
Dec 9 2018 >> Thailand's internet economy ranked second in SE Asia
Dec 2 2018 >> Immigration Department trialing new SMS notification service
Nov 25 2018 >> Exports rise 8.7 percent year on year
Nov 18 2018 >> New categories added for Smart Visa
Nov 11 2018 >> Visa on arrival fees lifted for 21 countries for 2 months
Nov 4 2018 >> Thailand in Top 30 in World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Report
Oct 31 2018 >> Government to no longer require factories submit license application annually
Oct 21 2018 >> Tourism experts warn of changing demographics
Oct 14 2018 >> Thailand tops list for Chinese tourists during Golden Week
Oct 7 2018 >> Digital assets licensing expected later this year
Sep 30 2018 >> Newsletter listings for October 1, 2018
Sep 30 2018 >> Applications for Permanent Residency now open
Sep 22 2018 >> Exporters urged to take advantage of AFTA tax incentives
Sep 16 2018 >> Thailand tops list as most popular destination for Chinese tourists in first six months
Sep 9 2018 >> Thailand "Best for People" in Conde Nast Travellers UK Readers awards
Sep 2 2018 >> Thailand fourth in tourist spending globally
Aug 25 2018 >> Young Chinese travelers seek authentic local experiences
Aug 19 2018 >> MICE visitors from China jump 35 percent
Aug 12 2018 >> New Copyright Law allows for removal of online infringment
Aug 5 2018 >> Secondary tourism destinations see strong growth from international tourists
Aug 5 2018 >> Secondary tourism destinations see strong growth from international tourists
Jul 29 2018 >> Important news for Americans on the impact of the new Emergency Decree and Work Permit requirements
Jul 22 2018 >> International tourist arrivals hit 19.48 million in first six months of 2018


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