Tourism and Sports Minister highlights tourism plan for world heritage site in 4 lower northern provinces

The Minister of Tourism and Sports has highlighted on the cultural world heritage tourism plan for four lower northern provinces, amplifying the local identity to stimulate spending through community-based tourism.

Tourism and Sports Minister Korpkarn Watthanawarangkul has stated that the strategic policy to drive tourism in Thailand is the distribution of tourists.

During her visit to the cultural world heritage development zone in four lower northern provinces including Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphaengphet and Tak, she found that both Thai and foreign tourists were interested in in taking routes through three historical parks from Sukhothai to Kamphaengphet and Si Satchanalai.

The statistics show that the revenue of the four provinces in 2016 totaled 18.114 million baht and 9.675 baht in the first half, up by 5.04 percent over the same period last year and it is likely to grow at the end of this year if tourists stay longer and spend more at world heritage sites and communities.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports also delivered the tourism development policy that will promote the development of local identities and the local way of life. Income distribution from the main cities to other areas will also be emphasized, she said.

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Thai Farmer SME market maintains popularity for third week

People have continued to show keen interest in the “Good Thai Farmers SME Market” event taking place at Khlong Padung Krung Kasem, even with the market now in its third week.

The market, being hosted by the Department of Internal Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, is aimed at elevating SMEs with a focus on promoting those with innovative ideas. It has garnered strong interest from the public with sales value already over 21 million baht.

The department stressed that the OTOP brands participating in the event only put out their highest quality goods and present them in attractive packaging. Silk textiles from Nakhon Ratchasima and Kalasin provinces have proven popular with cotton cloth from Chainat province also attracting buyers.

From the start of the market on August 4 to now, sales have reached a total 21.7 million baht. The event will continue until August 27.

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Tourism rakes in one trillion baht in first 7 months

The tourism industry generated over one trillion baht for Thailand in the first seven months of 2017.

Pongpanu Svetarundra, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, has announced that in the month of July alone, Thailand welcomed more than three million foreign tourists, accounting for a 4.81% increase compared to the same period last year, and generating up to 150 billion baht. Most of the tourists came from East Asia, Europe, and South Asia.

Between January and July 2017, no less than 20 million foreigners visited Thailand. The number represented a 4.47% rise year-on-year. During the first seven months, foreign visitors spent at least one trillion baht altogether.

In the meantime, Don Mueang Airport has seen a rise in the number of passengers of 40,000 per day, a 400% surge compared to 2012, prompting the Immigration Office to add more duty staff to facilitate the flow of arriving passengers.

Science short film contest for students returns for 2017

The National Science Museum has launched the short film competition “Science Around Us” to create awareness about science and technology. The winner will receive a prize of 300,000 baht.

The shot film competition has been organized for three years in a row. The National Science Museum hopes that the competition will help young people to be able to link science with everything around them by making a short film of any genre and encourage the public to pay more attention to science.

Secondary, high school and university students as well as the general public can submit their short film of 8-10 minutes long to the competition. Submission forms can be downloaded on from now until 30 November 2017.

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PM satisfied with Bangkok being named world’s best value tourist destination

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was satisfied with Bangkok being named the best value tourist destination in the world.
The premier acknowledged the survey published on the UK- based The Mirror website conducted by Post Office Travel Money which listed Bangkok as the Number One best value destination in 2017 where tourists spend the least amount of money in return for good quality services compared to other countries, especially on the costs of accommodations, travels to tourist attractions, transportation costs, and meal costs.

The survey shows the average payment made by tourists for a three-day stay in Bangkok amounts to 316.93 pounds, or around 13,700 baht.

Bangkok is also praised for its lively atmosphere full of activities and diverse tourism attractions, especially beautiful temples and the lavish Grand Palace.

The premier said the government had initiated several measures to support tourism policy such as the waiver of visa fee, the extended stay for visitors, the improvement in facilities for tourists, and the eradication of zero-dollar tours.

According to the survey, the 10 popular long-haul city destinations ranging from the least to most expensive for UK visitors are Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Dubai, UAE; Cape Town, South Africa; Singapore; Washington DC, USA; Toronto, Canada; New York, USA; and Boston, USA.

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Remarks by Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs at the 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila, Philippines (August 07, 2017)


August 09, 2017


  • At the outset, on behalf of the Indian delegation and on my own personal behalf, I convey my sincere thanks to His Excellency, Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano, for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us and the excellent arrangements made for our stay as well as our meeting today.
  • From the Indian perspective, ASEAN occupies a central place in the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific region. It is our view that ASEAN, placed at the cultural, commercial and physical cross-roads of the region, has a unique ability to reflect and harmonize larger interests of the world beyond it. ASEAN has celebrated this ability by playing a critical role in conceptualizing and implementing the East Asia Summit process.
  • We are appreciative of Philippines, as Chair, ensuring that EAS remains a Leaders-led forum for dialogue on broad strategic and political issues of common interest and concern. The proposal to empower our Ambassadors in Jakarta to continue the ongoing discussion on Regional Security Architecture in addition to discussing implementation of Leaders’ decisions on issues of regional and international import, shall contribute to making the East Asia Summit process more pro-active and relevant. The regular engagement among our Ambassadors in Jakarta, who have met three times since the last summit held in September 2016 is a welcome development in this regard.Excellencies,
  • We are celebrating the golden jubilee of establishment of the ASEAN at a time when the Asia Pacific region is aglow with the warm glow of shared progress and sustainable development. This however, is offset with geo-political ambitions manifesting itself in unilateral attempts at determination and appropriation of global commons.
  • Shared prosperity demands co-operation. Secure and open sea lanes are critical for peace, stability, prosperity and development. In this context, India reiterates the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight on the high seas, unimpeded lawful commerce, as well as resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law notably the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  • Making Maritime cooperation a priority and central to our discourse will contribute to fostering, among us, a sense of creation of a maritime community, with common interests and purpose and to empower us to respond effectively to the shared maritime challenges of the region. Carrying the process forward, we would be hosting the third EAS Conference on Maritime Safety and Security later this year.Excellencies,
  • We are of firm belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality. We share the international communities desire for enhancing physical as well as softer forms of connectivity and believes in transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices while underlining respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.Excellencies,
  • In an era when networking amongst terrorists is reaching critical mass, a cohesive response which should include blocking of terror financing, countering the use of ICTs for terrorism purpose as well as countering the spread of violent extremism and radicalization is the need of the hour.
  • We should work together to ensure adherence to and implementation of United Nation Security Council Resolutions on Countering Terrorism, in particular resolutions no. 1267 and 2354, in letter as well as in spirit.
  • On a similar note, DPRK’s continued pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its proliferation links, in violation of global concerns enshrined in the United Nation Security council resolution 2356 pose a grave threat to international peace and stability. India calls upon DPRK to refrain from such actions that undermine international peace and stability. We also urge the international community to work together to hold accountable all those parties that have supported these programmes.

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Thai and Indian govt launch photo book linking traces of Buddhism’s prosperity through ASEAN cultural map using geo-informatics technology

The Thai and Indian governments have launched a photo book on the traces of Buddhism’s prosperity throughout the ASEAN cultural map, in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th cycle of her birthday anniversary, 2 April 2015.

Mr. Anon Sanitwong Na Ayudhaya, Director of Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISDA), said that the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India have published photo books linking the traces of Buddhism’s prosperity through the ASEAN Cultural Map in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of the 5th cycle of her birthday anniversary on 2 April 2015, under the mutual cooperation in space technology and geo-informatics.

The project is to highlight the traces of Buddhism from India to South East Asia to commemorate both Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirindhon’s 5th cycle birthday anniversary and the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community.

Other than Buddhist archaeological sites, the map will also contain tourism information such as accommodations, routes and directions, operation hours, and historical details.

Some of the sites that will be mapped include Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Sanchi, Ajanta in India, Lumbini in Nepal, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, Ayutthaya in Thailand, Ankor Thom in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia, Nara in Japan and the Lung-men caves in China. There are more than 400 million Buddhists across the world, but a significant number of them are from South East Asia.

Interested individuals can ask for more information and the photo book for free by calling 02-1414548 during office hours.

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Women’s Cricket World Cup: Mithali Raj-led India ready for final vs England

India captain Mithali Raj has warned England not to expect an easy contest when they come up against her side in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday.
Harmanpreet Kaur struck an astonishing unbeaten 171 — the highest score by an Indian player, male or female, in a World Cup knockout match — to set the platform for a thrilling 36-run semi-final victory over defending champions Australia at Derby on Thursday.

That set-up a rematch of the opening fixture of the tournament, where India beat England by 35 runs, to decide who lifts the World Cup trophy in front of a sell-out Lord’s crowd.
“As a team we are all very excited to be part of the final,” said Raj, reflecting on India reaching their first World Cup final since 2005.


“We knew that this tournament wasn’t going to be easy but the way the girls have turned up at every situation when the team needed, whether it was the batters or bowlers, this win has definitely changed the scenario in terms of how the girls will look up to the final.

“It definitely isn’t going to be easy for England. But it will come down to how we perform on that day. We really have to work on our planning and strategy because England have also peaked after being defeated by us in the first game.


“They have performed well in the run up to the final, so playing a host in their own country is going to be a challenge. But saying that this unit is up for it.”

Player-of-the-match Harmanpreet Kaur hit an unbeaten 171 off 115 balls, the second highest score of the tournament.

Only her third ODI century, Harmanpreet Kaur produced an innings of destructive batting, smashing 20 fours and seven sixes, as India set six-time champions Australia 282 to win.

Elyse Villani’s 75 kept Australia above the required run rate but their dreams of making it to a ninth final was lost when she was dismissed, despite the best efforts of Alex Blackwell (90) late on.

For pre-tournament favourites Australia, it meant a second international tournament in a row without silverware despite reaching the knockout rounds in both.

A defeated Meg Lanning cut a solemn figure and the captain believes there’s a lot for Australia to improve on if they’re to achieve more silverware, although they are still waiting on their future with contract discussions on-going between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association.

“It’s definitely a very disappointing finish to the tournament, we came here to win,” said Lanning who was out for nought.

“We’re going to have to look at a few things and see what we’re going to need to do, because all of the teams around the world are improving.

“We’ve got a fair bit of work to do to make sure we keep getting better to make sure we beat sides like England and India.”

Insight into Indian-Thailand Relations with H.E. MR. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Ambassador of India to Thailand

India has been Thailand’s great allies for over 70 years. At the same time, India has long enjoyed good economic and trading partnerships with ASEAN countries, This issue, MICE  Spotlight by NCC is honored to have a chance to talk with H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Ambassador of India to Thailand, on the relations between these countries, as well as the upcoming grande-scale event to mark the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN relations.


70th Anniversary of India-Thailand relations

“Thailand was one of the first countries with which India established diplomatic relations in 1947. The relationship between Indian and Thailand is actually rooted and antiquity. Our relationship covers all aspects, covering political aspect, economic and commercial, education, scientific, technology, basically just about everything (smile). We have frequently hosted High-Level Exchanges between our two countries. Also, India and Thailand have always been solid bilateral economic partners. Whenever Indian companies thinks of establishing a manufacturing base in Southeast Asia, for many of them, the obvious choice is Thailand. Many of Indian largest conglomerates such as the Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, and Polyplex (Thailand) Public Co., Ltd., all have manufacturing bases in Thailand. At the same time, India offers the largest and the most attractive market for foreign investors and a number of leading Thai companies are operating in India such as CP Group, Italian Thai Development and Thai Summit. The governments of our two countries jointly support and facilitate the international trade to ensure our trade’s continuing growth (smile).”


25 years of India-ASEAN Solidarity

“Apart from the bilateral context, for India it is also about region and global context. So when we look at Thailand we recognize the fact that Thailand is the center of ASEAN, and as far as India is concerned, ASEAN is the center of India’s ‘Look East’ policy. Throughout the past, we have arranged knowledge exchange, trade negotiations with ASEAN countries, as well as numerous events, including the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN, the 25th Anniversary of AEAN-India Dialogue Partnership, he 15th Anniversary of Summit Level Interaction and the 5th Anniversary of Strategic Partnership is organizing ASEAN-India Expo and Forum to celebrate the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN relations, which is guaranteed to be a very interesting event.


ASEAN-India Expo and Forum… Celebrating 25 years of Friendship and The Future of Economic Prospects


“The ASEAN-India Expo and Forum, which is scheduled for August 2 – 5, 2017 at QSNCC (Queen Sirikit National Convention Center), is an excellent opportunity for India to present our economic information. We plan to focus of five areas:

  1. Pharmaceutical issues
  2. Automobile
  3. Textile
  4. India’s flagship investment programs
  5. India’s innovations and technologies.

Most importantly, this is the event where all ten ASEAN countries to present the best our countries have to offer. We hope to bring the business sector of every country even closer and encourage more investment partnership. We hope to see significant increase of India’s investment in Thailand and also of ASEAN’s investment in India (smile).”

The friendships between these nations are set to grow even further. This will surely contribute to the growth and prosperity of “ASEAN” in the foreseeable future.

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ASEAN-India Expo and Forum

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India relations, Thailand is delighted to host a far-reaching ASEAN-India Expo and Forum from 2-5 August 2017 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok that will offer exciting business, trade, investment and tourism opportunities.

ASEAN-India Expo and Forum will strengthen the strategic partnership between the 10 ASEAN nations and India, multiply trade and investment, strengthen tourism connectivity, and attract business and investment from outside the region. With vigorous connectivity, the world will be amazed at the power of the “ASEAN-India” economy, a dynamic destination with enormous potential for trade and investment.

Executives of leading companies, entrepreneurs and policy makers from ASEAN and India will be able to meet and conduct business, to find partners and opportunities, and to engage in cultural diplomacy.

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