Ministry of Labour considers removing some occupations from restricted list

The Ministry of Labour is considering removing some professions from the restricted list of occupations including labor work, bricklaying, carpentry and other construction work but workers are expected to get permission first. Others include agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry or fishery, except work requiring specialized knowledge, accountancy services except internal auditing, making mattresses or quilts, knife making, civil engineering, architectural work, dressmaking, and pottery. However, the worker must be hired by a company and not do their own business, and are not permitted to do work which shows Thai identity, culture or art. Twenty-eight occupations still remain restricted to Thais including tour guides, front-shop sales, driving vehicles, hair dressing, and working with gemstones. The proposals went for approval to the Ministry and, if all goes to plan, will be published on July 1 in the Royal Gazette.

A recent survey by the travel technology firm Amadeus found that millennials are looking for unique experience and are open to new technologies to enrich their travel experiences with 42 percent reporting that they use ride-sharing apps while traveling and 35 percent use accommodation sharing apps like Air BnB which was recently found to be illegal in Thailand. Thai millennials said they social media content and online travel booking sites as most influential followed by family and friends. Celebrities and social media influencers ranked at the bottom of the list, slightly higher than brochures. Millennials are also less likely to avoid a destination that has had extreme weather, or safety or security issues than baby boomers. Millennials are also more unwilling to share personal data for personalized or special offers than Gen X travelers.

Maya Beach on Koh Phi Phi has been closed to tourists for four months to give authorities a chance to rehabilitate the popular tourist destination. The site, which was featured in the popular Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” has seen beach erosion, coral damage and pollution from the 5,000 visitors a day. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will be building a floating dock and a boat parking zone for visiting tourists and will use an online ticketing system to register income from entry to the park and guard against corruption. The Department plans on instituting a quota to protect sensitive sites including Maya Beach.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand continues to roll out promotions for tourism to secondary provinces which saw a 13.4 percent year on year jump in tourism arrivals in the first five months of the year. The TAT Governor predicts that secondary destinations will earn no less than 3 trillion baht in tourism revenue this year. The tourism industry is still bustling despite the start of the rainy season as more people come for unique cultural and community tourism. The TAT is collaborating with the Community Development Department of the Interior Ministry, to promote OTOP products or locally-made goods such as traditional handicrafts, cotton and silk garments, pottery, fashion accessories, household items, and food. First tier provinces include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Koh Samui

Work Permit

Any foreigner working in Thailand must obtain a Work Permit before beginning work. While a prospective employer may file an application on the foreigner’s behalf in advance of his starting work, the actual Work Permit will not be issued until the foreigner has entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws and has presented himself to receive his Work Permit.

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