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  • OPINION

    The wheels on the bus go around Khon Kaen

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 26/11/2014

    » Last week, the mayor of Khon Kaen and a group of locals showed strong commitment to improving the city's public transportation system. They are no longer waiting for a budget from our centralised government.

  • OPINION

    A plea for peace

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 04/03/2019

    » The travel advisory has been issued for years to warn visitors to avoid travelling to the Deep South where periodic violence occurs in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and sometimes Hat Yai in Songkhla province.

  • OPINION

    Empty promises, shallow projects

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 17/12/2018

    » Since tourism is the rising economic star of the country, it is no surprise to see the Community Development Department of the Interior Ministry jump on the tourism bandwagon. It officially launched the Otop Nawatwithi project nationwide in June to promote tourism in 3,273 Otop communities or villages that have products certified as One Tambon One Product (Otop) by the department.

  • OPINION

    An accident waiting to happen

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 16/07/2018

    » It is sad to know that tourist safety would be treated as a national issue only when there is a fatal accident.

  • OPINION

    A lack of green

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 26/09/2016

    » The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has announced an all-time-high revenue since the department was founded in 2002.

  • OPINION

    Expect a smaller golden egg this year

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Thailand has always been regarded by tourists as the destination for "exotic, fun and friendly people". About 32 million visitors are expected to visit the Kingdom this year, an increase of 7% from an estimated 29.8 million tourists in 2015. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul expects the tourism revenue to grow from 2.2 trillion to the targeted 2.3 trillion baht in 2016.  

  • OPINION

    Courting the halal market

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 27/08/2015

    » Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul recently marketed Thailand as a quality destination for 2016 -- her focus being on niche and rich visitors like golfers, honeymooners and health and wellness visitors. The minister also added a new target group -- wealthy Muslim travellers. The Muslim population accounts for almost one-fifth of the global population or about 1.8 billion people. It's growing rapidly and is expected to become 26.5% of the world's population by 2030, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 of MasterCard and CrescentRating, which is a globally recognised rating standard for Halal-friendly travel services.

  • OPINION

    Public toilet hygiene down the pan

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 23/06/2015

    » Public restrooms were put on the agenda when the three ministers of Public Health, Transport and Tourism and Sports joined forces to launch the "Happy Tourist Toilet" campaign last Wednesday at Hua Lamphong railway station.

  • OPINION

    Lack of road safety is criminal

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 20/05/2015

    » You may shake your head in disbelief when you learn that reckless drivers who cause fatal accidents in Thailand can walk away without a jail sentence.

  • OPINION

    This sand is your sand, this sand is my sand

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 19/11/2014

    » Phuket hotel staff Sudjai (not her real name) is very happy that beaches in her neighbourhood have been cleared of the unwanted sun loungers and umbrellas. Before the junta's clean-up campaign, the vendors acted as though they were the owners of public beaches.

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