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  • OPINION

    Unnecessary complications

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/11/2018

    » The working of government and the making of sausages are quite similar, a wise man said more than a century ago. It is often unappealing to watch the process, even if the outcome is often uplifting. Two events sparked by the Thai government last week rather prove the point. The quest for "Taobao Villages" and a sudden demand to protect Thai food from foreigners both came out of the blue, and are more off-putting than attractive.

  • OPINION

    Opening up duty-free

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/11/2018

    » As the auction for the concession to operate the duty-free zone at Suvarnabhumi airport comes closer, the fate of an underachieving industry hangs in the balance. The state-run Airports of Thailand (AoT) has not yet revealed whether it will do away with the current monopolistic concession model that has allowed only the sole operator, King Power International, to grow richer -- at the cost of both the state and shoppers.

  • OPINION

    Tourist cash cannot buy back lost beauty

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 27/10/2018

    » Tourism is a big deal for many developing countries; it brings in a lot of money. But it is also a disruptive force and ruins a lot of good things.

  • OPINION

    Slump shows govt must clean up tourism act

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 24/10/2018

    » The sharp drop in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand in recent months has become a cause for concern for the Thai government. This is mainly because tourists from China have been the largest revenue contributors to the Thai tourism industry.

  • OPINION

    Saving our overburdened beaches

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/10/2018

    » One of my favourite New Year memories is from Boracay in the Philippines, where the entire sky was lit up in red from fireworks set off from boats offshore.

  • OPINION

    Malaysia's new dynamic in the deep South

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 09/10/2018

    » Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is coming to Thailand later this month to try and tamp down the festering violence in southern Thailand. As his return to power in May has rejuvenated his country's openness and democratisation, he offers a ray of hope to Thailand's future peace and stability.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar's shirked duty

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Last Thursday, police arrested two men in Ayutthaya for possession of drugs. They were driving a pickup with 700 one-kilogramme bags of crystal methamphetamine, a so-called recreational drug without medical or social value.

  • OPINION

    Two hats not good

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 07/10/2018

    » When Bangkok got too noisy because of all the criticism about cabinet ministers taking advantage by openly playing politics unfairly, the general prime minister escaped to the North on another scrupulously non-political trip to give away money and be photographed with every local personality and housewife within 20 kilometres.

  • OPINION

    Passengers 'held hostage' in transport row

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 04/10/2018

    » A large number of Bangkok commuters are being held hostage. But not at gunpoint. They are victims of a piecemeal public transport policy that sees van operators whose vehicles have hit the 10-year age limit being decommissioned by the Land Transport Department while there are no alternatives.

  • OPINION

    Woo tourists with safety

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/10/2018

    » While many Chinese travellers will be making overseas trips this week during China's long "Golden Week" holiday, fewer will be coming to Thailand.

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