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  • MONDAY IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Monday, IWD belongs […]

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    International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

    IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Monday, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

    The IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge

    A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

    We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

    From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

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    7 March 07 2021
    Entertainment & Events
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7413
  • AIRASIA SEEKING TO LAUNCH FLYING TAXIS

    The regional budget airline AirAsia is seeking to launch an app-powered flying-taxi business as soon as next year, according to co-founder and chief executive Tony Fernandes. “We are working on that right now. I think we are about a year and a half away from launching,” Mr Fernandes said on Saturday. With the airline business […]

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    The regional budget airline AirAsia is seeking to launch an app-powered flying-taxi business as soon as next year, according to co-founder and chief executive Tony Fernandes.

    “We are working on that right now. I think we are about a year and a half away from launching,” Mr Fernandes said on Saturday.

    With the airline business taking a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, AirAsia has been expanding in the digital space. It launched a “super app” last year that offers services from travel and shopping to logistics and financial services.

    “We took it as an opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to recast your business, re-look at things,” he said.

    AirAsia expects to start its own e-hailing services for rides in April, Mr Fernandes said. The flying taxis it hopes to begin providing next year will come with as many as four seats and will be powered by a quadcopter, he added.

    Separately on Saturday, the company announced that it was partnering with a state agency called the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre to develop an urban drone delivery service.

    While AirAsia is looking for further opportunities to expand its services into new areas, Mr Fernandes is optimistic that air travel will soon rebound with the rollout of vaccination programs. The group offers low-cost flights linking 22 countries, mostly in the Asia Pacific region.

    “I hope interstate travel will start in the next two to three weeks” within Malaysia, he said. He expects international borders to start opening in July or August.

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    6 March 06 2021
    Travel
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7411
  • COMING EVENTS AROUND THAILAND ANNOUNCED BY THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has provided an update regarding the gradual return of events and festivals with strict COVID-19 safety and control measures, as the country rolls out its first inoculation program. However, due to the volatile situation, it is recommended to double check before making the decision to attend any event. There […]

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    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has provided an update regarding the gradual return of events and festivals with strict COVID-19 safety and control measures, as the country rolls out its first inoculation program.

    However, due to the volatile situation, it is recommended to double check before making the decision to attend any event. There may also be new or returning events coming up at short notice.

    Eastern Region

    Chon Buri: The ‘Light of Arts Interactive’ event is set for 26-27 March, in Pattaya, Chon Buri. The event features photo and painting exhibitions, 50 product and food booths, light-and-sound shows from the Pattaya Music Association, as well as a 4-D projection where photos can be taken inside a space in which realistic objects are projected with holographic cameras.

    Northern Region

    Sukhothai: The ‘Sukhothai Mini Light & Sound 2021’ show, which celebrates the history and prosperity of the Sukhothai Kingdom, an ancient Thai capital, will be held on subsequent Saturdays every two weeks at Wat Sra Sri inside the Sukhothai Historical Park. The shows are scheduled on 6 March, 20 March, 3 April, 17 April, 1 May, and 15 May, and are free of charge. Entry is limited to 200 people at any one time due to the COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

    Northeastern Region

    Surin: Local residents and visitors are promoting traditional culture while helping both the elephants and mahouts by COVID-19’s impact on tourism. They are doing so by dressing up in silk and Thai costumes and participating in activities with the elephants; such as, giving alms, feeding them, and walking under their bellies for good luck. Taking place each Saturday at the Phraya Surin Phakdi Sri Narong Changwang Monument. The event has been held since December 2020.

    Southern Region

    Prachuap Khiri Khan: The ‘Taste of Prachuap’ culinary extravaganza will take place in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, from March to December 2021 at selected restaurants.

    See our previously published article about this event at:

    Krabi: The ‘Krabi Food Fest: Eat, Change Your World’ event is taking place from 12-14 March, at Ao Nang Beach with over 60 local restaurants from around the province in a celebration of Krabi’s food culture and Southern Thai cuisine. The focus is on healthy local dishes with the background story and seasonality of each told by ‘Iron Chef’ Thailand finalists Chef ‘Boom’ Kantyarat and Chef ‘Keng’ Rachawat. Celebrity host of Thailand’s popular ‘Food Work’ programme and winner of the Olympic food gold medal, Chef Boonsmith, will also be on hand to share secrets of Southern Thai cuisine. Featuring a ‘beach chic’ dress code requirement, the event will also offer tattoo demonstrations, live music, and sundowners. Visitors are asked to bring their own personal food and beverage containers.

    Phuket: The second and third ‘Roi Rim Lay Phuket Festival’ will be held at Patong Beach on 19-21 March, and at Laguna Grove in Cherng Talay on 10-12 April. They are part of three large scale seafood festivals organised under the Roi Rim Lay banner, following the first festival held on 26-28 February, at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town, which featured over 170 stalls offering renowned local delicacies, freshly cooked seafood plus agricultural and tourism-related handicrafts.

    The next events of the first-ever ‘Amazing Thailand Phuket Surfskate Series 2021’ are scheduled for 20 March at Kata Beach, 23 May at Karon Beach, 14 August at Patong Beach, and 13 November at Surin Beach. These follow the launch event on 20 Februar,y at Phuket Old Town, and promise non-stop action in this fast-growing street surfing sport. Meanwhile, the ‘7th Phuket Night Run 2021’ will be held on 27 March, with the programme featuring a 10.2 km Mini (Night) Run, 5.4 km Very Fun Run, and 11.6 km Ekiden Night Sprinter. The start and finish lines are at Saphan Hin Park. For more events in Phuket, see: Phuket rolls out new events and festivals for 2021.

    Surat Thani: Ko Samui as well as its neighbouring islands of Phangan and Tao are also having a number of events and festivals lining up, see: Samui-Phangan-Tao offers discounts to tourists until 30 April 2021.

    For constant updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand, visit the TAT Newsroom website (www.tatnews.org); or follow us on Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

    For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

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    6 March 06 2021
    Entertainment & Events
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7402
  • “RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON” – Disney’s First Southeast Asia-inspired Animation

    Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last […]

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    Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well.

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, producers Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, and featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu, Walt Disney Animation Studio ventures far from the western hemisphere and the Pacific Ocean to the shores of Southeast Asia for the highly anticipated animation, Raya and the Last Dragon.

    The studio’s first creation with Southeast Asia–inspired setting, it’s crafted by a multi-cultural team who drew inspiration from their own roots and unique cultural upbringings.

    Screenwriters Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim turned to their Southeast Asian heritage to develop the characters of Raya and Sisu, the water dragon. “In Southeast Asia, there’s a great tradition of female leaders, military leaders and warriors,” says Lim. “And leaders of their realms. We also have the stories of Nagas and dragons, the creatures of the water. 

    In Malaysia, we have the warrior Tun Fatimah, and we have stories of Naga Tasik Chini, which is the dragon of Chini Lake.  The Nagas and strong females are present within a lot of the cultures in Southeast Asia, so we knew those were threads that would really resonate within the film.

    “Throughout different cultures in Asia including Southeast Asia, there is a very strong love and affection for dragons, but these dragons are very different from what you see in ‘Game of Thrones,’ for example. They symbolise luck. They signify life-affirming powers and fortitude, and those aspects were important to expand on since Raya is a Southeast Asian-inspired heroine.”

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya seeks the help of the legendary dragon, Sisu. Seeing what’s become of Kumandra, Sisu commits to helping Raya fulfill her mission in reuniting the lands.

    As the story of Raya’s journey in Raya and the Last Dragon evolved, a theme of unity and togetherness began to emerge, and this was further honed and defined when directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada came on board.

    “There had been some great exploration by the team into the concept of unity and togetherness,” says Don, “but Carlos and I felt that honing in on the trust required to achieve unity would lay a firm groundwork on which to base every decision in our lead character’s journey.”

    Joining the multi-cultural production team is also head of story, Fawn Veerasunthorn and her team of story artists.

    Fawn, who was born and raised in Thailand, felt it was essential for her and her team to be steeped in the cultural inspirations, so she put on a presentation of key learnings that she and the other filmmakers gleaned from their research trip to Southeast Asia. “I wanted to provide the same experience for my team,” says Fawn.

    “In the beginning it was kind of hard to understand culturally, because people are not as familiar with Southeast Asia as perhaps with other parts of Asia. So, a lot of artists didn’t know what to draw for the outfits or other cultural aspects. So, it was a way to get everyone on the same page.”

    Director Carlos López Estrada adds, “If you think about Raya in the context of the other movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios, it makes sense and belongs to the family. But, it also stands out in a way that is just super-exciting. I feel like she is going to be unlike any Disney heroine you’ve ever seen.”

    Raya and the Last Dragon opened in theatres on 4th March 2021.

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    6 March 06 2021
    Entertainment & Events
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7400
  • BAN ON PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES AHEAD OF PLANNED PROTESTS

    On Friday, ahead of planned protests in Bangkok on Saturday by various activist groups, Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat, in his capacity as the security chief of the current emergency situation, has issued an announcement forbidding public assemblies or public activities which may lead to the spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok and the provinces of […]

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    On Friday, ahead of planned protests in Bangkok on Saturday by various activist groups, Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat, in his capacity as the security chief of the current emergency situation, has issued an announcement forbidding public assemblies or public activities which may lead to the spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok and the provinces of Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Pathum Thani.

    Due to the ongoing risk of the spread of the virus, the announcement said it is necessary for restrictions to be strictly enforced, such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks in public, to prevent cluster infections, which may spread widely and cause further damage to the national economy.

    Unless public assemblies, such as protests, have prior approval from the authorities concerned, violators of this ban will face jail terms not exceeding two years and/or a maximum fine of 40,000 baht.

    The announcement was published in the Royal Gazette Friday and takes immediate effect.

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    6 March 06 2021
    News
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7399
  • MAJOR DOG MEAT SOURCE IN CAMBODIA CLOSED

    A notorious slaughterhouse in Cambodia that has killed more than a million dogs was closed on Thursday as the country steps up efforts to end the trade in their meat. Between two and three million dogs are slaughtered annually in Cambodia, according to estimates by animal rights group Four Paws, and there are more than […]

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    A notorious slaughterhouse in Cambodia that has killed more than a million dogs was closed on Thursday as the country steps up efforts to end the trade in their meat.

    Between two and three million dogs are slaughtered annually in Cambodia, according to estimates by animal rights group Four Paws, and there are more than 100 dog meat restaurants in the capital Phnom Penh.

    A single slaughterhouse about an hour and a half outside the capital is responsible for all the raw meat supply in the city, but operator Ouk Mol has told AFP he will no longer be killing dogs.

    Since he started his enterprise in 1995, business has been brisk for the 50-year-old former soldier, who said he had slaughtered over a million dogs in 25 years.

    “But I want to quit the business because I am getting old and a lot of people have criticised me about the dog meat trade,” Ouk Mol said.  “I feel ashamed.”

    Equipped with cages to hold the dogs, two large vats to drown them, scales, and blowtorches for removing fur, the facility slaughtered up to 200 dogs a day.

    On Thursday, the day of its closure, 16 dogs were still caged there and were sent by activists to an animal charity for rehabilitation.  The dogs will be offered for adoption abroad.

    The operator and his family decided to quit the trade after campaigners from Four Paws offered them financial support to open a grocery store.  Ouk Mol’s wife Sao Phally is glad that they have found a way out.

    “We were always worried about sin because of our killing. People looked at us in a bad way,” Sao Phally told AFP.

    The Cambodian tourist city of Siem Reap last year banned the dog meat trade, in a big victory for animal rights campaigners who describe the area as the “lynchpin” of the industry.

    Dog meat, a cheap source of protein, is eaten in several Asian countries and is more popular in neighbouring Vietnam than Cambodia.

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    6 March 06 2021
    ASEAN
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7397
  • WHERE CANNABIS IS NOW ON THE MENU IN THAILAND; AND COMING SOON TO HUA HIN

    Restaurants and cafes nationwide have been quick to capitalise on relaxed drug laws enabling them to serve recipes infused with CBD hype.  While you’d have to really chow down to get a buzz – the law caps allowed THC content at 0.3% – there is something for anxiety, pain, appetites, sleep and even cancer if […]

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    Restaurants and cafes nationwide have been quick to capitalise on relaxed drug laws enabling them to serve recipes infused with CBD hype. 

    While you’d have to really chow down to get a buzz – the law caps allowed THC content at 0.3% – there is something for anxiety, pain, appetites, sleep and even cancer if all the boosters are to be believed.

    WHERE CANNABIS IS NOW ON THE MENU IN THAILAND; AND COMING SOON TO HUA HIN

    CANAVANA Hua Hin is set to be the next of these venues, with the opening coming in just a few weeks; the Royal Coast Review will be there to report on what you can expect.

    From Bangkok and Chiang Mai city to Korat and places in between, here are some of the places where weed is now on the menu. 

    420 Cannabis Bar (Bangkok)

    420 Cannabis Bar Bangkok offers a neon-lit vibe and some stools for customers to sip cannabis teas and bubble teas that contain cannabidiol, or CBD. The place also serves “Fly High Cookie” CBD chocolate chip cookies, CBD Brownies and baked pot leaf and spinach with cheese.

    Kanom Siam (Bangkok)

    A Bangkok dessert shop best known for its traditional pandan coconut-rice pancakes earlier this month teased that it will offer the Thai dessert infused with cannabis leaves “very soon.”

    “This dessert has fragrance from pandan and is mixed with cannabis species carefully selected by us – from the strains, controlled cultivation, harvest and logistics – ready to be cooked fresh for our fans to try,” the dessert shop teased with images of a cannabis leaf draped over equally green baked goodies.

    Kanom Siam currently has three branches: Siam Paragon, EmQuartier and inside the Suan Plern Market on Rama V Road.

    Kiew Kai Ka (Bangkok, Chiang Mai)

    The rustic Thai restaurant has launched a wide range of Thai crowd-pleasing dishes from green curry, stir-fried malindjo leaves with egg and chicken soup with tamarind leaves – all infused with cannabis. A “Happy Omelette” is also included on the menu.

    Kiew Kai Ka has two branches – one in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao area and another located on Nimman Road in Chiang Mai province. It opens from 11am through 10pm every day.

    Goodsouls Kitchen (Bangkok, Chiang Mai)

    With branches in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, plant-based restaurant Goodsouls Kitchen recently teased six new food and drinks on the menu including a smoothie bowl, pesto pasta, vegetarian burger, vegan steak and Burmese tea leaf salad – all infused with marijuana leaves.

    Hop Beer House Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima)

    Claiming itself to be the first place that serves cannabis menus in its province and Isan region, the craft beer bar and restaurant in Korat city now serves a selection of recipes such as sour and spicy chicken soup, minced pork omelette, pizza sprinkled with hemp leaves and green hemp puddings. The bar in the future will serve craft beer and wine infused with cannabis as well.

    Hop Beer House Korat has three branches in Nakhon Ratchasima province. It opens 4pm through midnight every day.

    Class Cafe (Nakhon Ratchasima)

    With its four branches spanning throughout the Korat city, Class Cafe serves cannabis caffeinated drinks under the brand “Khao Yai Calm” to go with its burger stuffed and sprinkled with cannabis leaf powder.

    Ban Lao Ruang (Prachinburi)

    Ban Lao Ruang is billed as the very first venue that serve cannabis-infused menus – some with wink-wink names – such as “Smiley Tempura” deep-fried weed leaves with spicy mango salad, “Good Mood Soda” cannabis juice-infused passionfruit soda and pot pizza.

    Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa (Prachinburi)

    Located only 5-minute drive from Ban Lao Ruang is the spa house recently overwhelmingly visited by locals and tourists who want to savor its kitchen’s cannabis menus from pad kaprao to spicy pork soup with weed leaves.

    Abhaibhubejhr Day Spa opens from 8:30am through 4:30pm daily. It’s located inside the Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi city.

    Baan Tool (Rayong)

    The restaurant-slash-cafe is the only place in Rayong province that’s allowed to serve food and drinks infused with cannabis. Some of the good-selling dishes include laab, tom yum goong, seafood spaghetti and fish cakes.

    Chi Samui (Koh Samui, Surat Thani)

    Claiming to be the first restaurant on Koh Samui allowed to serve dishes containing cannabis, Chi Samui opened with a wide range of food and drinks containing newly legalized cannabinoids, or CBD.

    The restaurant, which is licensed to obtain cannabis leaves from a partnering university, serves a varied selection of teas, cocktails, shakes and lemonades alongside dishes such as pizza, burgers, pasta, hummus and crowd-pleasing pad kaprao– all cooked with cannabis.

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    5 March 05 2021
    Dining
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7393
  • PLANS TO RESTART TOURISM BYPASS THE ROYAL COAST

    A report in ‘The Nation’ has described a government “area quarantine” plan to open Thailand to foreign tourists from next month.  The report describes Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn providing details of the plan after meeting with the Public Health Ministry and 216 tourism operators. Area quarantine is reported as being piloted in five […]

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    A report in ‘The Nation’ has described a government “area quarantine” plan to open Thailand to foreign tourists from next month.  The report describes Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn providing details of the plan after meeting with the Public Health Ministry and 216 tourism operators.

    Area quarantine is reported as being piloted in five provinces “popular with foreign tourists” – Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan) and Chonburi (Pattaya).   When asked why these provinces?; the Minister said “they are popular among tourists who usually stay for quite a long time, for one to three months.”

    This report follows soon after a Tourism Authority (TAT) announcement that four provinces considered to be “of economic significance”, Surathani (Ko Samui), Chonburi (Pattaya), Phuket, and Chiang Mai, will be prioritised to receive the first deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine.  The area quarantine announcement also includes Krabi Province to that list.

    Both of these announcements make no comment about either Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) or Phetchaburi (Cha-Am) provinces.  The clear message is that tourism in these two royal coast provinces is off the Thailand tourism ‘radar’.  The region is not considered to be ‘of economic significance’ but also not recognised as a destination popular with long-stay tourists. 

    SKAL International Hua Hin & Cha-Am President and General Manager of the Banyan Golf Club Stacey Walton had this to say when contacted by the Royal Coast Review about these announcements: 

    “I am sure the members of our association will be disappointed with this news. It was surprising to see that our region was discounted by not being included as one of the provinces which has an economic significance and it is popular with foreign tourists. Especially, during November to February.

    There must be an underlining reason not to include Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) or Phetchaburi (Cha-Am) provinces in these recent announcements. Our local TAT office has been leading a round table discussion on their tourism strategy with hotel general managers and hospitality business owners.

    Maybe, there was a vote of no confidence in the area quarantine plan which may have an affect on domestic tourism from Bangkok. There is a lot involved to be a quarantine prepared hotel and Thai tourism is very high in our area.

    The latest data publicly available published in 2017 showed 7 million Thai tourists and 1.3m foreign.”

    What is Area Quarantine?

    Under the area quarantine plan tourists will quarantine in their rooms for the first three days and be swab-tested for Covid-19 at their hotel.  If they test negative, they will be granted access to the whole hotel or resort until their 14-day quarantine ends.

    After 14 days they will be tested again. If no infection is found they will be allowed to travel freely through the quarantine area.  The plan is to operate via 29 travel agencies supervised by the TAT.

    The area quarantine announcements to date are incomplete in detail with many questions about both the appeal to travellers and the practical management of the requirements.  For example; after the 14 day period is complete why would travellers continue to be restricted to the (undefined) quarantine area and for how long would that apply.

    Editor’s Comment:  The veracity or appeal of these announced plans is not the issue.  However the lack of recognition by important official bodies of the importance and value of the tourism industry to our region cannot be ignored or be without response.

    The post PLANS TO RESTART TOURISM BYPASS THE ROYAL COAST appeared first on Royal Coast Review.

    5 March 05 2021
    Editorial
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7390
  • AFRICAN BEAUTY QUEENS TEST COVID POSITIVE IN BANGKOK

    Two beauty queens, from Nigeria and Kenya, who are in Thailand for the Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now being treated at Piyavate Hospital in Bangkok. The Facebook page of the pageant organizing committee reported Thursday that all the contestants were required to undergo swab tests and […]

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    Two beauty queens, from Nigeria and Kenya, who are in Thailand for the Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now being treated at Piyavate Hospital in Bangkok.

    The Facebook page of the pageant organizing committee reported Thursday that all the contestants were required to undergo swab tests and be quarantined in hotels for 14 days and the contestants from Nigeria and Kenya were the only ones infected.

    The committee also said that the hotel used as the quarantine facility for the beauty queens has been disinfected.

    Beauty queens from more than 60 countries have entered the MGI beauty contest, which is scheduled to get underway on March 27th, after the completion of the quarantine period

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    5 March 05 2021
    News
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7386
  • GROWING CALLS FOR THE RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

    The low-cost carrier, Thai Air Asia, is calling on the government to accelerate the re-opening of the country to international tourism. TAA chief executive Santisuk Klongchaiya says Thailand risks losing its status as a regional hub if the country does not re-open soon in order to re-ignite tourism and airlines. According to a Bangkok Post […]

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    The low-cost carrier, Thai Air Asia, is calling on the government to accelerate the re-opening of the country to international tourism. TAA chief executive Santisuk Klongchaiya says Thailand risks losing its status as a regional hub if the country does not re-open soon in order to re-ignite tourism and airlines.

    According to a Bangkok Post report, he warns that Thailand could lose out to places like Vietnam, should international carriers decide to move direct flights to other countries.

    “After facing the pandemic for a year, the key factors that can strengthen Thai tourism are re-opening borders and financial aid such as soft loans to help airlines maintain their business and save jobs. If the plan to welcome foreigners is not ready, Thailand may lose those potential tourists to other competitors that have prepared to attract them with a practical scheme.”

    TAA is one of 7 local carriers that have been calling for a 14 billion baht soft loan since March last year. In 2020, the airline reported 16.2 billion baht in total revenue, a year-on-year decrease of 61%, with a 57% drop in passenger numbers.

    Santisuk says the carrier is planning for similar numbers this year, with 15% of total passengers expected to come from the international market in the last quarter of the year. He is also hopeful that cost-saving initiatives, such as placing some staff on furlough, should help lower operational costs by up to 20%.

    In other tourism-related news, the Tourism Authority of Thailand says it will add a further 2 million room nights to the “We Travel Together” domestic tourism stimulus campaign.

    TAT is also planning another scheme aimed at tour operators, between now and July. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says the scheme will be put to cabinet for approval next week. TAT is proposing a “buffet-style” ticket scheme for airlines, aimed at frequent travellers. Passengers receive their subsidy once they use the first flight that is linked to a hotel booking at their destination. Each tour operator can have up to 3,000 customers.

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    5 March 05 2021
    Featured
    https://royalcoastreview.com/?p=7384