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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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