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  • BUSINESS

    The bling squad

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 28/09/2015

    » The swift evolution of the retail industry has lured a large pool of global luxury firms to establish their presence in Asia-Pacific over the last few decades. Sales for glitzy items across the region have been rising at whirlwind speeds amidst the surge of an aspirational middle-class and buoyant economy. 

  • BUSINESS

    Best Western in the right places at the right time

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 30/03/2015

    » From the new urban-chic Vīb hotel in Seoul to its new strategic partnership with the worldwide booking site Agoda.com, Best Western International (BWI) has signalled a strong commitment to expanding its footprint in Asia.

  • OPINION

    Grey is the new black

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 29/04/2019

    » Population ageing is often stereotyped as a drain on the economy, linked to a shrinking workforce, demographic imbalances and spiralling medical and social care expenses. Governments bear a heavy burden as they struggle to provide adequate healthcare funding and pension programmes.

  • BUSINESS

    Silent violence

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Earlier this month, a secret marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim sparked a public outcry when a picture of the ceremony went viral.

  • BUSINESS

    Making mobility work

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » Contrary to the global trend, the movement of people across national borders within Southeast Asia has been increasing significantly over the past two decades. The continuing vitality of intra-regional migration is fuelled by rapid economic development, demographic diversity and the mismatch in supply and demand of domestic labour.

  • BUSINESS

    Seeding startup success

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 20/06/2016

    » If there was a prize for buzzword of the decade, a top contender would be "startup", which has come to describe any kind of new internet-based business. They're being formed by the thousands and many will fail, but some that succeed -- think Uber, Airbnb and a few financial technology (FinTech) players -- have unleashed disruptive technology that has changed the very nature of business.

  • BUSINESS

    Easing the burden

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 17/08/2015

    » Like many other people who live in rural areas, Phaiboon Maomeesri, 48, decided to leave behind the hardship of northeastern Thailand and move to Bangkok in search for a better life.

  • BUSINESS

    Up in the air

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 11/05/2015

    » The rapid growth of the aviation industry in Southeast Asia has brought with it an urgent need to improve civil aviation regulations and develop regional safety practices that meet global standards.

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