Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tourism rebounded 25% in Thailand

The number of visitors arriving in Thailand is up 25% over the first five months of 2015.

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Between January and May 2015 the number of foreign visitors arrived in Thailand totaled 12.4 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same period in 2014.

A good performance in perspective
A quite spectacular performance, but in perspective by the fact that the first five months of 2014 were marked by serious political unrest in the form of demonstrations and attacks in Bangkok.

Extrapolating the current trend, Thailand is on track to meet the goal of 28 million visitors in 2015.
By region, strong growth was recorded in arrivals from East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and America.

Only the European market declined, mainly due to lower arrivals from Russia.

Growth driven by China
According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the top five source markets from January to May 2015 were China (3,273,695), Malaysia (1,397,241), Japan (575,186) Korea (546 520) and Laos (459 225).

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has reported that arrivals from January to May 2015 generated a total of 592.9 billion baht in tourism revenue, an increase of 25.13% compared to the same period in 2014.

During the month of May alone, Thailand welcomed 2,309,250 tourists, an increase of 38.21% compared to May 2014 and 18.79% compared with May 2013.

The Ministry of Tourism has projected that total tourism revenue is expected to reach the 2015 target of 2.2 billion baht, including 1.4 billion baht from international tourism and 800 million baht of domestic tourism.

The highest revenues were generated by travel there by travelers from Israel, who spent an average of 84,995 baht per person per stay t (2230 euros), followed by Sweden (78 177 baht / person / stay), Canada (78,010 baht / person / stay), Switzerland (75,893 baht / person / stay), and Brazil (75,533 baht / person / trip).

During the period January-April 2015, the most visited provinces were Bangkok (18,137,860), followed by Nakhon Ratchasima (5,481,327), Phuket (5,337,616), Chon Buri (4,862,017) and Chiang Mai (2771407).

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Mers coronavirus: Thailand affected in turn

Mers coronavirus epidemic has spread to a new country in Asia, with the first cases confirmed Friday in Thailand where authorities have asked residents to “avoid panic.”
“The tests confirm that this is the Mers coronavirus,” said Rajata Rajatanavin, Health Minister, at a press conference.la sante en thailande
A native of Oman, this 75 year old man had arrived on June 15 to be treated for a heart problem in a large hospital in central Bangkok popular with patients from the Middle East to medical tourism in Thailand.
The three members of his family who accompanied him were also placed under observation in hospital Bamrasnaradura Bangkok, specializing in infectious diseases.
“When the man arrived at the private hospital, he was coughing and had difficulty breathing,” said Minister of Health.
“The Ministry of Health has followed the disease control procedures to prevent the epidemic,” assured in the evening Sunsern Kaewkamnerd, spokesman of the government, asking his fellow citizens to “avoid panic.”
The Thai authorities are seeking particular passengers were aboard the flight WY0815 Oman Air, on which the patient arrived on June 15
The epidemic of Mers coronavirus has killed 23 people so far in South Korea, and, according to WHO, China has reported one case – an infected person in South Korea – from the beginning of epidemic late May.
A German who died June 6 in Germany is so far the first fatal case of the year due to this disease in Europe.
Mers coronavirus is less contagious than the SARS virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which had nearly 800 deaths worldwide in 2003.
It nevertheless is no vaccine or treatment for this virus Seas, which has a mortality rate of about 35%, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
In Saudi Arabia, more than 950 people have been infected since 2012 and 412 have died. The outbreak in South Korea is already the largest outside Saudi Arabia.

– “Exemplary” Effort Seoul –

The WHO director Margaret Chan praised Thursday in Seoul “exemplary” efforts of the South Korean authorities after a first reaction labored to contain the epidemic.
The World Health Organization had harsh words this week about the management of the epidemic by the health authorities of the country, considering that their mistakes should serve as a “red flag” abroad.
After an initial reaction too slow, adequate measures have been put in place “very quickly and systematically” which has reduced the number of newly diagnosed cases, insisted Margaret Chan.
As a result “the epidemic Seas will be controlled (…) even if it might take a little longer than we would like,” she concluded.
In his criticisms echoed those growing population concerned, WHO had cited the “lack of knowledge” of health workers and the general public on the coronavirus and “inadequacies in infection control and measurement control in hospitals. ”
Patients have indeed often been hospitalized in crowded emergency rooms for long periods. The habit of South Koreans to visit several hospitals to get a second or even a third diagnosis, may also have played.
A total of 165 people were infected by the Mers coronavirus (respiratory syndrome Middle East) since diagnosis on May 20 of a patient returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
Of these 165 cases, 24 patients were declared cured, but 17 people are in a state described as unstable.
More than 6,700 people were quarantined Thursday while 4,500 others who had also been placed under observation were declared cured and allowed to leave the hospital.

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Thailand: a man killed by an elephant on the beach

One man was killed by an elephant while dining on a beach in Thailand, according to police on Wednesday, reviving the debate over the use for commercial purposes of elephants in the country, where they are often used as tourist attractions.

The victim, a Thai 28 years working for a local telecommunications company, dined Monday night with a colleague in one of the many restaurants of Rayong Beach, on the east coast of Thailand, said police Lieutenant Thawat Nongsingha.

“They were talking with the owner of the elephant the ability to offer food to the animal, when the latter suddenly pierced the chest of one of the men suddenly Defence” also wounding his colleague, said the police official. The man died Tuesday in a hospital.

Thailand has around 4,000 domesticated elephants, against 2,500 in the wild, according to Traffick animal rights NGOs. They are most often used for rides on the backs of elephants, offered to tourists in tourist places like the ruins of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok.

Many centers of elephants across the country also offer this attraction criticized by animal advocates. Traditionally exploited by man for transporting tree trunks, elephants kingdom gathered en masse in the tourism industry after the ban on their use in the forest industry in 1989.

Since then, the sector has been regulated in part, with a ban on elephants in cities, but some continue to use their mahouts elephants begging in public places. The mahout of Rayong drama has admitted that he went to the beach to “make a living”, police said, without being able to tell whether he proposed walks or begging. He was released, with his elephant, police said, but was placed under investigation for “negligence causing death”, punishable by ten years in prison.

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