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Forecasting Thailand’s Economic Growth in 2012 By Dean Outerson

After a disastrous year for the Thai economy, forecasts for Thailand’s 2012 GDP growth are currently hovering between 4.7% and 5%, figures described by some as ‘conservative’ and others as ‘optimistic.’ Both sides agree that any growth will depend heavily on the successful implementation of the

economic stimulus packages proURGENT! British posed by the government, restoraexpats see Page 20 tion of investor confidence, and NOW! the absence of any serious global economic or monetary shocks or nomic stimulus package and a further domestic disasters. 350 billion baht (US$11 billion) investment in water management Skeptics of the government’s plans initiatives to prevent future floods, to right Thailand’s economic ship in the face of Thailand’s current question the wisdom of the 120 debt. The government’s recent billion baht (US$3.7 billion) ecoStory continues on Page 20.


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Average salary hike at 6.2% for next year

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To read the full article of a story brief, enter the short code at the end of the story into your browser: that you have contributed much to its growth. You have put in the work required and more – and now it’s payback time. But while you are just itching to ask your boss for a much-deserved raise, you’re hesitant to get into an actual conversation about it. The boss might say the company is experiencing hard times, you might feel that you do not have negotiation skills, or you’re just scared of being rejected.

Pre-flood poll shows bonus at 3.4 months – Despite a turbulent economy in 2011, the average salaryincrease across all sectors for 2012 is 6.2%, with an average variable bonus paid at 3.4 months, re- The first thing you need to do is ports human resource consulting take these concerns off your mind. firm Towers Watson (Thailand). While your boss is not likely to give you a raise voluntarily, don’t... The salary rise is higher than 5.9% Full story at http://goo.gl/DT6ij last year and 5.7% in 2009. However, the survey was completed Steve Jobs inspires just before the floods in October. Big Cola brander to The top three industries for... follow his heart Full story at http://goo.gl/6VlHi After spending a decade in ThaiDos and don’ts of land’s beverage industry, Big Cola’s asking for a raise brand builder, Chanin ThienchaYou have been working in your roen, decided to start his own company for several years and feel business.

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Optimus Co was recently set up with 2 million baht in registered capital to engage in brand building and marketing consultancy services for Thai producers.

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Mahidol University (CMMU) recently. The Nation’s Pichaya Changsorn reports. First of all, says Ariya, Google’s culture is “bottom up”. “My boss in Singapore hasn’t told me what to do. And this is the same everywhere in the world. It’s the way we work.”

Mr Chanin left Ajethai Co, the producer of Big Cola soft drinks, after he was inspired by Steve Jobs’ speech that ended with: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. You need Everything at Google has been... to have the courage to follow your Full story at http://goo.gl/BymOg heart.” With his six years of... Profit-Based bonus Full story at http://goo.gl/ivN5f

Google’s first Thailand boss explains the ‘Googley’ way

Ariya Banomyong, the first country business manager for Google Thailand which set up its first office in Bangkok on July 1, explainsthe company’s corporate culture and its strategic priorities for the Thai market at the “CEO Perspectives” forum held by the College of Management

no joy for employers

Life is never easy for employees. After hard work and limited personal life throughout the year, now is the bonus time. The situation is even more complicated for employers. They start out by recruiting the right persons, train them properly and, most importantly, give them reasonable pay. Missing any of these and the process is back to square one, resulting in a high turnover rate and... Full story at http://goo.gl/2FvLk


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The Nation’s Business Desk reports on this year’s expected market trends in products and services.

RETAIL: Luxury department will be a rising star in the Inflation tamed but stores retail sector as Thailand transrisks remain forms from a shopping destinaForecast unchangedin spite of oil tion for mass products to one spike – Oil price fluctuations have offering luxury goods luring not yet altered this year’s infla- tourists from around Asia. tion forecast in a range of 3.3% and 3.8%, but the private sector Tourists come to Thailand for is worried rising energy costs and two main reasons. The first is to higher wages will eventually push enjoy Thai hospitality, while... up goods prices. Full story at http://goo.gl/eZhZD

Yanyong Phuangrach, permanent Thai Confidence secretary of the Commerce Min- Rises First Time in istry, said the oil price volatility 5 Months on Flood would impact the inflation by only 0.05%, a level hardly affecting the Aid annual rate. Thailand’s consumer confidence rose for the first time in five However, it will add to the costs of months in December as the govsome products such as construc- ernment took steps to aid a recovtion materials, cement and steel ery from the worst flooding in alof which prices the ministry will most 70 years. closely monitor. An index measuring sentiment The ministry earlier based its in- increased to 63.1 from 61.0 in Noflation target for 2012 on the... vember, the University of the Thai Full story at http://goo.gl/XxrdC Chamber of Commerce said in a statement in Bangkok today. The Thai fortunes tied gauge is based on a survey of 2,242 to key economies respondents. The Asia-Pacific, including Thailand, remains vulnerable to an The Cabinet earlier this week apeconomic slowdown despite proved a plan for 350 billion baht strong trade links within the re- ($11 billion) in investment for wagion, a report from the Mumbai- ter management projects to prebased subsidiary of Standard & vent future floods on top of 120 Poor’s showed. billion baht in planned spending... Full story at http://goo.gl/t1L5M “Although the higher trade interaction within the Asia-Pacific Public debt forecast region provides some intermit- to rise rapidly on tent buffer, the eventual trade big borrowing exposure of China, South Korea, Japan and the five countries that Thailand’s Public Debt Manageform Asean-5 – Indonesia, Ma- ment Office (PDMO) predicts that laysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the country’s public debt will rise and Vietnam – with the advanced rapidly to 51% within the next two economies remains high,” Cri- years, as the government requires sil Limited’s report on “Growing at least 350 billion baht in loans to Global Risks Eclipse Asia-Pacific invest in permanent flood prevenEconomic Growth in 2012” said... tion projects. Full story at http://goo.gl/iINbx senior Finance Ministry official, Flood-hit economy Awho declined to be named, said retools for 2012 the debt projection is not only calThe flood aftermath and fast- culated on the new loan that the changing consumer behaviour in government plans to issue a royal the digital community have cre- decree for to be allowed to obtain ated opportunities for businesses loan for supplementary budget. whilephasing out those that are The PDMO has also forecast the... uncompetitive and outdated. Full story at http://goo.gl/Jm8kg


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With global trade forecast to slow this year, the Trade Negotiations Department will prioritise Asean and six key Asian markets in its trade and investment plan for the next five years.

Thailand’s cabinet is expected to be reshuffled soon, with Kittirat Na Ranong, the deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs, becoming finance minister and new ministers of energy and industry also appointed, media said on Tuesday.

It will also expand free-trade agreement negotiations to new potential partners and continue driving multilateral trade talks under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the World Trade Organisation as key channels to promote trade growth. Srirat Rastapana, director-general... Full story at http://goo.gl/QgPyW

The cabinet reshuffle reported by Thai newspapers was “about 90 percent accurate”, according to Kittirat, while a government spokeswoman said 10 changes had already been submitted to King Bhumibol Adulyadej for his endorsement. The reshuffle would... Full story at http://goo.gl/wD4Rl

Thailand and China want to work together to support each other’s entry into Burma, partly through the deep-sea port in Dawei being developed by a Thai company.

Burma projects could strengthen Thailand-China ties

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Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na- Ranong said Asean connectivity with the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) via the eastwest and north-south economic corridors could further enhance bilateral trade between Asean and China, on the order of US$300 billion.

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The department is about to complete a trade blueprint for 2012-15, co-developed with Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, which also features a vision for the next eight years. According to Mrs Srirat, the new strategy will call... Full story at http://goo.gl/NtV4G

At the same time, the Asean-Chi- Tax reforms to na Free Trade Agreement, which benefit low- to took effect at the beginning of middle-income 2010, should further evolve to help Chinese and Asean firms invest... groups Full story at http://goo.gl/ntkz8 Reforms for the personal income system will benefit lower- to Top-10 ranking seen tax middle-income taxpayers, accordby 2020 ing to Satit Rungkasiri, directorNew international trade strategies general of the Revenue Departare being planned in an attempt to ment. make Thailand one of the world’s 10 largest trading nations by 2020. He said both current tax rates and deductions are under review, The country is currently ranked and authorities see the decline in 17th globally in the value of its the tax burden for the lower- and international trade, according to middle-income classes as supportSrirat Rastapana, director-general ing the government’s broader goal of the Trade Negotiation Depart- of reducing the income gap in... ment at the Commerce Ministry. Full story at http://goo.gl/qimFH


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Thailand plans to be Asean’s most active securities market by yearend, says president Charamporn Jotikasthira.

The SET currently ranks second the region after Singapore. AvThailand ‘needs to’ in erage daily turnover last year was restore confidence 29.4 billion baht for the SET comThailand must rapidly restore in- pared with 34 billion for the Sinvestors’ confidence in the wakew gapore Exchange (SGX). of the big flood and become the region’s industrial hub in the future, But Mr Charamporn said tradSupachai Panitchpakdi, secretary- ing volume in December actugeneral of the the UN Conference ally exceeded that of the SGX, and on Trade and Development, said the SET is targeting average daily on Tuesday. turnover of 31-32 billion baht this year. Mr Supachai was speaking at a CEO forum on ”Thailand’s invest- Meanwhile, the Thailand Futures ment strategies for sustainable de- Exchange (TFEX) expects even velopment” hosted by the Board of stronger growth, with daily turnInvestment. over of 55,000 to 57,000 contracts compared with an average of... He said the BOI’s five year-term Full story at http://goo.gl/KeOyI investment strategies were going in the right direction, and restor- SET spikes on good ing investors’ confidence after the news out of China, devastatimg flooding last year Germany must take priority. Thai stocks jumped 1.88% yesterThe country must not only rely on day as regional and global stock its core industries and must ex- markets gained on optimism over pand into being the region’s... the global economy. Full story at http://goo.gl/txmwr news about the Chinese Baht set for biggest Positive and German economies helped annual loss in 6 counter worries about the European debt crisis and a Greek debt years default. China yesterday reported The baht fell yesterday and is fourth-quarter economic growth heading for its biggest annual loss of 8.9%, the lowest growth rate in in six years as Europe’s debt crisis 2.5 years but above market fears of damped the outlook for exports a bigger slowdown. and economic growth. Bonds also fell. The announcement helped push the Stock Exchange of Thailand up Foreign investors sold 119 million 19.53 points to 1,056.54 on trade baht more Thai stocks than they worth 24 billion baht. Energy bought, bringing this year’s net stocks rose 2.92%, banks gained... sales to US$200 million, SET data Full story at http://goo.gl/Yty9n show.

Gold, not stocks, to remain investors’ favourite

The Commerce Ministry last week said exports dropped by 12.4% year-on-year in November follow- Funds would still concentrate ing a gain of 0.3% in October. their investment in gold rather than stocks, according to survey ”The 2012 outlook for Asian cur- results released yesterday by Capirencies isn’t bright, as Europe re- tal Nomura Securities. mains the biggest risk to exports,” said Kang Pan-seok, a Seoul... The return on investment in the Full story at http://goo.gl/1eWN0 gold market reached 474 per cent the past 10 years, which is highSET aims to be most in er than investing in other assets.

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tomaker known for its strength in the compact-car segment, is gearing up its eco-car marketing campaign and sales, targeting sales of Chonburi Concrete Product tar- 10,000 units in Thailand’s highly gets revenue growth of 15-20 per competitive small-car segment cent to between Bt2.7 billion and this year. Bt2.8 billion this year on strong demand for building materials to Becoming the third or fourth ecorenovate both residences and fac- car carmaker after Nissan and tories in the wake of the recent di- Honda, Suzuki has not yet decidsastrous flood. ed on the trade name of its eco-car built in Thailand. Mitsubishi also... Managing director Chakrit Full story at http://goo.gl/XgSsR Theepakornsukkasame told a group interview on Tuesday that Four new industrial 40 per cent of revenue would estates planned come from the private sector and along borders 60 per cent from government conThe Industrial Estate Authority of struction projects. Thailand (IEAT) plans to develop Last year the mix was 30:70, when four industrial parks along the revenue rose an expected 11 per borders to help promote trade and cent to Bt2.4 billion. The company investment. now has an order backlog of... The plan supports the East-West Full story at http://goo.gl/W6qBT Economic Corridor development, Suzuki fires up which aims to link China’s southeco-car ern provinces with its neighbours Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest au- in the lower Mekong region, dep-

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uty governor Verapong Chaiperm said at the BoI Fair yesterday. Construction will begin this year and the new estates should be ready to begin operation within 2015, when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is formed. The potential developers and operators of each project may be the IEAT itself or its partnerships with the private sector. The first industrial estate will likely be in Ban Phu Nam Ron in... Full story at http://goo.gl/HH4I1

Garment-makers eye Burma as production base

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The recent opening of the luxurious facility, built at a cost of 13.5 million baht, made Oman Air the second carrier from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to run http://goo.gl/QyrTE Thai Airways International Plc has its own lounge at the airport. revised its strategic and operatCentral Silom ing plans for its new airline, Thai The only other airline with such a Complex unveils Smile Air, by shifting its focus facility is the Dubai-based Emirfrom the domestic to the regional ates, while other GCC airlines new look Central Department Store Co will market in the first year, aiming to such as Etihad and Qatar Airways spend 250 million baht to give its maintain the group’s 29-per-cent use third-party lounges at SuvarSilom Complex branch a facelift in share in Asia. nabhumi. 2012. “The adjustment came after THAI The opening reflects the Omani President Yuwadee Chirathivat increased its stake in Nok Air national carrier’s strategy to build... said the budget will be used to from 39 per cent to 49 per cent, so Full story at http://goo.gl/JJEIT renovate the Central Department Nok Air will continue to serve the Store and Tops Supermarket at the domestic market while Thai Smile Dutch mall Silom Complex branch, which has Air will go overseas,” Woranate... developer eyes been closed since Saturday. Full story at http://goo.gl/q6Ivs Thailand, VN

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while magazines saw spending stagnate at Bt5.7 billion. Television remained the main medium with a 2.42-per-cent increase to Bt62.2 billion from Bt60.1 billion. Out-of-home advertising enjoyed strong growth – 20 per cent to Bt7.22 billion for cinema, 10.9 per cent to Bt4.2 billion for outdoor, 18.9 per cent to Bt2.6 billion for transit and 46.3 per cent for instore media. Advertisers and marketers also... Full story at http://goo.gl/8oCnJ

Labour shortage looms in Thailand

Demand and supply mismatch ECC Intl budgets $500m for six will be unresolved next year: Manproperties after project in Chiang power Mai Thailand will face a labour shortNetherlands-based mall developer age next year and a mismatchof ECC International RealEstate yes- market demand and labour supterday announced a five-year plan ply, according to Simon Matthews, to invest between US$400 million country manager of Manpowerand $500 million (Bt12.5 billion Group, one of the world’s leading to Bt15.6 billion) to develop five recruitment agencies. or six malls in Thailand and Vietnam. The group also plans to do business in Cambodia next year and is The move follows ECC’s exist- looking for business opportunities ing investment of Bt2.9 billion to in Laos and Burma, Matthews said develop its first resort-style mall, yesterday. Promenada, in Chiang Mai, which is scheduled to open in December He said he expected manufacturnext year. ers in six submerged industrial parks to resume operations within Tjeert Kwant, president and chief the first quarter of next year. Workexecutive offficer of ECC Interna- ers who temporally lost their jobs tional Real Estate, said the com- because of the floods are expected pany would announce details of its to be re-employed. A mismatch second mall-development project between market demand and supin Thailand, a community mall in ply will be unresolved next... Bangkok, in the second week of... Full story at http://goo.gl/GxLGL Full story at http://goo.gl/cv5jq

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Airlines brace for turbulent 2012 setting

Euro crisis, US growth remain wild cards – Almost against all odds, the global airline industry showedsurprising robustness in 2011, but the air freight business was a different story.

Although local advertisers were hard hit by the recent flooding, ad spending last year increased almost 4 per cent to Bt104.6 billion from Bt101 billion in the previous year, according to Nielsen Global passenger demand was likely to grow by 6.1%, a pace Research. faster than the International Air However, advertising on radio Transport Association (IATA) had declined by 3.07 per cent from earlier anticipated, while air cargo Bt6.1 billion to Bt5.9 billion and growth rates started to fall in midin newspapers by 2.95 per cent 2011. By October the air freight... from Bt15 billion to Bt14.5 billion, Full story at http://goo.gl/y4Vuu


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Social media trends in 2012 McCann Worldgroup Thailand (MW) – through its research tool McCann Pulse, has scanned the globe for the key social media trends influencing consumers’ live. The digital 2012 will be shaped up by the significant moves in social media platforms driven by the concept of individualisation of experience and social discovery. “We will see the growing trends in which consumers expand their social media usage to more and across devices where they embrace the new social media experience as their primary source of content and in-depth community... Full story at http://goo.gl/HW5UW

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Meanwhile corporate social responsibility activity assisting the country’s rehabilitation after the flood disaster will be key to strategies to create brand loyalty and will have a big impact on their marketing campaigns.

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B2S, IT Works offer e-book app for phones, tablets

B2S, a bookstore chain, in cooperation with IT Works, a software developer, has launched an e-book application for tablet computers and mobile phones, to be followed next quarter by a download service for movies and music. “We have launched ‘B2S eBook Store’ to respond our customers’ needs as well as to match new behaviour trends,” Nath Vongphanich, managing director of B2S, which is a subsidiary of Central Retail Corporation, said yesterday.

Ronnachart Mahattanapreut, the 3G concessions country director of Infor Global under fire Solutions (Thailand), said Thai- Thailand’s third-generation (3G) land is the group’s biggest market service on high-speed packet acin Asean. cess (HSPA) technology is being challenged again, with some sayHe said the company this year ing it should be terminated for expects to see high demand from not falling under current concesclients in discrete manufacturing sion agreements. businesses to invest in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solu- The state telecom enterprise TOT tions, especially those in industry Plc is the sole operator with the equipment, machinery and high- right to provide commercial 3G technology computer and elec- service on its 1900-megahertz frequency, said Anuparb Thitronic components, thanks to... Full story at http://goo.gl/s6wV6 ralarp, an independent academic who follows the telecom industry. Social media will play a vital role in the event organisation business this year, leading event organisers and marketing-communications agencies say.

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Infor Group, a US-based provider of enterprise applications and services, is making a major stride in expanding its business footprint in Thailand by offering heavy promotional discounts on its software for flood-affected factories. “Developed for both Android and iOS [iPhone operating system], The world’s third-largest applica- the e-bookstore application will tions software company aims for a become an alternative channel for 30% growth rate for its Thai busi- book lovers besides our existing... ness unit this year. Full story at http://goo.gl/Ghnua

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Thailand as best sailing venue: Survey

Thailand was voted the favourite sailing venue and best regatta location in Asia thanks to the best sailing grounds, good weather conditions and beautiful scenery. That was a result of a survey conducted at the 2011 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta of international sailors from around the world. The survey was (taken)... with the aim to find out sailing trends in the region, provide useful information in helping to attract more sailors to the region, and to improve facilities and services in the region. The survey found that of the sailors who came to the Regatta, 53 per cent were resident in... Full story at http://goo.gl/3qc5V

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spite the flood crisis, Supol Sriphan, director general of the Tourism Department at the Tourism and Sports Ministry, said on Thursday.

According to Tony Tyler, directorgeneral of the International Air He said 19.09 million tourists Transport Association, “The natu- came to Thailand in 2011, up 19.8 ral condition of the airline indus- per cent on the previous year,. try is crisis.” The largest number of foreign tourThe last few years have redefined ists were from Malaysia, at 2.47 the term “volatile”. Crises have million, followed by China (1.76 increased the magnitude of the million), Japan (1.12 million), peaks and troughs in travel, and Russia (1,014,493), South Korea changing consumer demand is (1,014,292), India (916,787), Laos forcing the industry constantly to (887,677), Australia, (854,064), meet new expectations. Great Britain (844,221) and the United States (684,073). For this reason, it could be said that crises are in fact helping our... Tourists from these countries... Full story at http://goo.gl/mbyPo Full story at http://goo.gl/JBS9X

2011 tourism revenue a record high

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ATF event proves a flop in Indonesia

Thai tourism operators attending the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) in Manado, Indonesia were disappointed with the lower-than-expected buyer turnout and lack of venue facilities and services. The number of sellers from 10 countries participating in the event fell to 316 compared with 429 that joined the previous event at Diamond Island in Phnom Penh.

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Chon Buri, Phuket, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Rayong, Songkhla, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Krabi. The ranking was completed with an aim to encourage provinces to develop their tourism sites, said permanent secretary Suwat Sidthilaw. Local and foreign tourists who contacted the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s call centre (1672) for tourism information were polled, in addition to using studies from private operators. “We want to see each province... Full story at http://goo.gl/yUUI7

Passengers at AoT airports up 15%

The number of passengers passing through the six airports operated by Airports of Thailand Plc this year was up 15 per cent over last year to a total of 66.3 million, AoT president Anirut Thanomkulbutra said on Wednesday. The six airports are Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket and Chiang Rai.

Of the total, 42.11 million were international passengers, up 17.53 per cent year-on-year, and the Jurairat Sirisambhand, Dusit In- other 24.18 million were domestic ternational’s group director for passengers, an increase of 12.02 sales and marketing, said buyers per cent, he said. were sparse, but the company still attended the event to keep con- A total of 441,440 flights had used tacts and update new products. services at the six airports this fiscal year, up 14.43 per cent from Most buyers were from Europe, last fiscal year, he added. followed by Southeast Asia, South Asia and the US. AoT president said altogether 109 airlines are now using the six... “I think the tourism infrastruc- Full story at http://goo.gl/2Ovtr ture in Manado is not enough to serve an event like this,” Ms Jurai- Chinese shun rat said. “It is very inconvenient Thailand to come. They say Manado is one Chinese tourists are expected to of the best places for diving, but buy fewer package tours to Thaithere are no interesting tourism... land during the Chinese New Year Full story at http://goo.gl/DCCYh this month due to safety concerns six bombs were found in Bangkok top tourist after Bangkok shortly before the New destination Year. Bangkok was ranked first among the top 10 tourist destinations in The Association of Thailand Travel 2011 by the Ministry of Tourism Agents (ATTA) has revised down & Sports, which completed the list the number of charter flights from with assistance from private op- China to Thailand in the coming erators. Chinese New Year to around 100, down from the projection of 150... The other nine destinations are Full story at http://goo.gl/NSgPi


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Nana area gained most from BTS Steady rise along all transport lines – Among land located along the skytrain route, prices near Nana BTS station have risen the most, by 270%, since operations began in 1999, says the Agency for Real Estate Affairs (AREA). President Sopon Pornchokchai said land prices along the route have risen by an average of 210% over the past 12 years.

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said last year’s floods affected 23 housing projects which were subsequently closed down for renovation. The floods also delayed project launches in the fourth... Full story at http://goo.gl/PsuOG

Developers flock to Pattaya

Strong demand seen for condos priced under Bt3 million – Amid strong demand in Pattaya, listed property firms are launching condominium projects worth more than Bt10 billion, offering units priced lower than Bt3 million. According to a Nation survey early this week, several listed property firms plan have been inspired to launch condo projects in Pattaya after LPN Development successfully sold out its debut condominium project in the city with units priced lower than Bt3 million.

The mass-transit line transformed the area around BTS Nana station from a small business centre on lower Sukhumvit Road into a prominent trading district connected to the more upscale Phlo- Quality Houses plans to launch enchit neighbourhood, he said. its first condominium project, offering units priced lower than Bt3 On the new BTS extension route million in South Pattaya this year, between On Nut and Bearing sta- worth nearly Bt1 billion. Raimon tions, prices have risen by an... Land, which has experience of... Full story at http://goo.gl/U8Ltv Full story at http://goo.gl/53omY

Real estate firms prepare for future floods

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According to Krairit Nilkuha, director-general of the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Development, who recently had a discussion with Australian Ambassador James Wise and five Australian Members of Parliament led by Sid Side Bottom, the discussion also focused on algae-based fuel research and development as well as carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Thai researchers could be invited... Full story at http://goo.gl/YNVdF

THAI tests out biofuel flight

Thai Airways flew its first flight in the region yesterday under its biofuel pilot programme. The airline is ready to continue using bioPromoting fuel for future commercial flights alternative energy if PTT can supply the fuel at the Australia has shown interest in same price as current jet fuel. Thailand’s solar power development, seeing the possibility of The company is set to be the first welcoming Thai investment to airline in Asia to fly a commercial Australia, which is known as the passenger flight using biofuel to land with the world’s highest solar support its “Travel Green”... Full story at http://goo.gl/CnC9U power concentration.

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As regional political tensions ease, Cambodia takes over Asean chair with a golden opportunity to help group pursue economic goals. More peaceful Cambodian-Thai relations, modest democratisation in Burma, and hopes for reduced The upcoming aec tension with Beijing over the prompts rethink South China Sea are among the of thailand’s tax factors that should help Asean focus on creating a truly integrated approach economic community in the next In a globalised world like we’re in three years. today, going it alone is not a good idea. Few countries have the abilChairing the 10-country group ity to bargain with others in the this year is Cambodia, and the international arena on a one-onearly days have been smooth one basis or to share with their given the improving atmosphere neighbours resources such as geobetween often-antagonistic Bang- graphical advantages, public facilkok and Phnom Penh. Cambodia, ities, raw materials, trade quotas, like other smaller members in the skilled labour, and tax and duty group, fully understands the need systems. This applies to Thailand to catch up with others in light of and its fellow members of the Asglobalisation, says Edmund Sim. sociation of Southeast Asian NaAs long as potential distractions tions (Asean). such as the... Full story at http://goo.gl/ilFbh With a population of around 600 million, Asean ranks fifth worldThe time is now, wide in terms of purchasing powThe place is asean er. Nonetheless, loose integration One day in June this year, traders over the past four decades has... on Southeast Asian stock markets Full story at http://goo.gl/07HaR will wake up and be able to seamlessly trade shares on each others’ Banking and the exchanges. The Asean Trading aec: More talk than Link will initially connect Bursa action Malaysia and the Singapore Ex- Amid all the buzz about the Asechange, with the Stock Exchange an Economic Community (AEC) of Thailand joining in August. coming in 2015, there has been Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila very little talk about the bankand Jakarta are slated to join later. ing industry. Partly at fault is the This is an unmitigated benefit. In- AEC Blueprint itself, which is vestors will gain a vast number of vague about what financial seroptions, companies will get larger vices might be integrated by 2015, investor bases, and both groups making it hard to quantify the... will enjoy lower costs. Full story at http://goo.gl/Ak6Nm How did this come to be? Asean Thailand shows has sometimes been dismissed as progress on AEC a “talking shop”, but as the trading preparation link indicates, regional cooperation has very tangible benefits... Thailand has shown progress Full story at http://goo.gl/xZ7Vf over the preparation towards the Economic Community, acChina-Asean Expo Asean complishing 79.56 per cent of the steps up its efforts AEC Blueprint. Asean as a whole Goals are revised to turn the event achieved 68.6 per cent of the into a platform for the develop- preparation guidelines. ment of bilateral free trade – The Full story at http://goo.gl/2hBjW

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proposal to move US$35 billion of that debt to the Bank of Thailand’s balance sheet, a move that saw the baht fall dramatically over a five-day period, has further added to skepticism about Thailand’s ability to get itself out of its economic doldrums.

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US$3.7 billion package, the government wants to spend an additional US$11 billion on water management projects in order to boost investor confidence and prevent an exodus of companies that were forced to halt production because of the flooding. Whether these measures will ultimately be implemented in their current form is now the question.

prevent future flooding, growth economist Thanavath Phonviin 2012 could go as high as 7%. chai said that “economic problems in Europe remain the key At a briefing in Singapore, Dep- risk factor this year.”3 uty PM Kittiratt said the government scheme “would offer better Indeed, the Eurozone crisis has purchasing power to lower-in- already affected Thai exports to come people [who] will consume Europe and to the West, in genmore local-content items and eral, resulting in a 6.8% weakenless import-content items. The ing of the baht since July 2011.4 multiplier effect of this domestic With the Thai economy’s reliconsumption will help support ance on exports and tourism, any the economy.”1 further negative developments with the Euro would have a proAchieving 7% growth in 2012 found effect and lead to a signifiwould only be the third time cant reduction in the forecasts the Thai economy has reached for GDP growth in 2012. such heights in the past 13 years and would be a dramatic turn- 1 http://online.wsj.com/article/ around from 2011. Thailand’s BT-CO-20120112-705000.html best years were 2003 (7.1%) and 2010 (7.8%), with the worst be- 2 I nternational Monetary Fund ing 2009 (-2.3%) in the midst of (IMF) - World Economic the global economic recession.2 Outlook October 2010

Meanwhile, energy prices are rising and the massive cleanup and rebuilding of homes and businesses is still underway, leading to predictions that consumer confidence will fall again in January and February. Many economists acknowledge this possibility, but point to an uptick in consumer confidence in December, the first such increase in five months, as a sign that the Thai economy can – and will – bounce back, with consumer Despite government optimism The proposed government stim- confidence rising again in the that domestic initiatives will help ulus package includes giving second quarter of 2012. stimulate the economy and lead credit cards to farmers, estabto a healthy GDP in 2012, global lishing a 15,000-baht-minimum Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt monetary shocks still loom large monthly salary for all university Na-Ranong, however, has called on the horizon and would, acgraduates, programs to help first- the forecast of 5% growth ‘con- cording to most economists, time car and home buyers, and servative’ and estimates that with scuttle any economic recovery in cutting the corporate income tax the government initiatives to the Kingdom. Speaking at a news from 30% to 23%. On top of this both stimulate the economy and conference this week, UTCC Thailand’s growth in 2011, originally projected to be 4.5%, has dropped significantly to a range of 1.5%-1.7% in the wake of the floods that devastated large parts of the Kingdom. Despite this dramatic drop, the Bank of Thailand projects 4.8% growth in 2012, while economists at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) predict 4.7% growth.

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