1. First STV arrivals due next week : Two groups of Chinese tourists with Special Tourist Visas (STV) will arrive in Thailand on Oct 20 and 26, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has confirmed. Bangkok Post
  2. FTI urges caution in carrying out new emergency decree : The use of an emergency decree is aimed at crowd control and averting economic losses, says the newly appointed finance minister, but a business group is urging caution over how the measure is carried out. Bangkok Post
  3. Big shopping malls in the middle of BKK’s main shopping district are bracing for another whammy on top of the deadly Covid-19 crisis after anti-govt demonstrators yesterday gathered at Ratchaprasong intersection, the site of a major crackdown in 2010 that ended with scores of people killed.
  4. The new Finance Ministry said the use of an emergency decree is aimed at crowd control and averting econ losses, but a business group is urging caution over how the measure is carried out.
  5. Anti-govt protesters have besieged Government House and threatened to camp out there until Prime Minister Prayut bows to one of their demands and quits. But instead PM declared state of emergency in BKK with immediate effect, forbidding gathering of more than 5 people.
  6. A proposal to shorten the standard Covid-19 quarantine period from 14 days to 10 for visitors from low-risk countries will soon be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Admin (CCSA) for consideration.
  7. Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is worried about a further economy blow if the latest political conflict escalates, warning Thailand cannot absorb more risk during the pandemic downturn.
  8. The new 5G-compatible iPhone 12 line could help push up demand in the smartphone market, with the government’s tax rebate “Shop and Payback” scheme anticipated to be a key driver for the segment in 4Q, according to tech pundits.
  9. Association of Domestic Travel (ADT) proposed Tourism & Sport Minister for elderly travel stimulus, offers Bt5k allowance for senior aging range 55-75 year for hotel booking Monday-Thursday, aims to boost OCC during weekday.
  10. Thailand has agreed to manufacture and supply AstraZeneca’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine domestically and for other nations in the region, the British and Thai governments said.
  1. AstraZeneca’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine domestically and for other nations in the region = i hope they tell us whats in it and if its safe

    • Let Prayuth take it first. Then let’s see.

      Edit: And the CEO’s and Boards of these companies that are creating and manufacturing these vaccines.

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