Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

Thailand 'among top 20 most dangerous countries' to visit

THAILAND: Thailand has been ranked as one of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists to visit, with high rates of crime and violence and 'low reliability' of police assistance, according to a recent survey. Of the 136 countries around the world covered by the World Economic Forum’s 'Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report', which was released last month, Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score for safety and security for tourists. The index indicates tourists' and businesses' exposure to security risks, taking into account serious harm such as violence and terrorism. While a score of seven is conside

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 02:15 PM

Comments (14) 5,872 Readers

Bad 1stQ for Thai Media and Telecoms

Bad 1stQ for Thai Media and Telecoms

BANGKOK: With but two exceptions, listed telecom and media companies in Thailand continued in the doldrums in the 1stQ this year, with stagnant revenue growth resulting in continued or worsening losses. According to Nielsen Thailand, ad spending in the first four months of 2017 dropped almost six percent, to 35 billion baht, from the same period last year. Analog TV was still the market leader with 15 billion of the total spend, but that was 11 percent down from the previous year, with the erosion flowing into digital TV whose share rose close to six percent to 7.5 billion, Print advertising remained sluggish during the qu

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 03:09 PM

Comments (0) 3,833 Readers

Nation Analysis: High defense spending at expense of education, welfare

Nation Analysis: High defense spending at expense of education, welfare

THE CONTROVERSIAL submarine deal has sparked public debate about the way the Thai Defense Ministry spends tax money on military hardware and other national-security projects. Many question whether such projects should take priority over education, public healthcare or improving the lives of the country's millions of poor. Since the coup in 2014, the budget allocated to the Defense Ministry has increased substantially. For the fiscal 2015 national budget, the first fully controlled by the junta, the ministry's budget jumped to192.9 billion baht from 184.7 billion baht the year before. The defense budget was again raised sub

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 11:36 AM

Comments (0) 4,459 Readers