THAILAND’S tourism industry has turned the corner after a very difficult 2014, bouncing back in the fourth quarter with strong growth, according to data released exclusively at Thailand Tourism Forum 2015 by STR Global.
Held at InterContinental Bangkok and now in its fourth year, a record number of delegates totalling over 500 from throughout Asia gathered to gleam insights from industry leaders on Thailand’s tourism industry at the hospitality event.
BAD news, music fans. Matt Smith, aka Jimmy Livewire, the founder of Popscene Live, which over the past few years has brought in international bands such as The Cribs, Thee Oh Sees, Cold Cave and Ice Age is heading back to the UK to undertake a six-month course in barbering, with no plans to return. Here’s hoping that someone just as passionate about music follows Matt’s fine example and continues to snag all those indie acts that would otherwise bypass Bangkok en route to Singapore or Hong Kong.
A SERIES of tradeshows hit Bangkok this month offering big savings on a variety of products. Grab yourself some bargains at the following:
• Feb 12 – 15: Thailand Mobile Expo 2015 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC). Mobile phone trade fair offering handsets and accessories at reduced prices. www.thailandmobileexpo.com
THAILAND’S nationwide beach clean-ups continue with Pattaya and Jomtien receiving a new zoning regulation to reduce space for beach chairs and umbrellas and offer larger space for more fun under the sun for holidaymakers.
Under the new zoning regulation, Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches are now offering 10 metres of public space or empty sand every 100-metre-wide beach-chair zone, with each vendor concession separated from another by one metre. In addition, authorities have declared Wednesday as the ‘day-off’ for beach vendors who are operating businesses on Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches.