1. Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) wants authorities to step up efforts to amend the controversial charter to find a way out of political turbulence threatening plans to restore the economy.
  2. Government Saving Bank will announce non-bank partner to expand consumer credits & car title loan business today, plans to curb interest ceiling at 18%, target cod within 1H21.
  3. Over one million cubic metres of water burst out of a partially broken reservoir wall in Pak Thong Chai district, inundating at least two downstream villages and triggering flood alarms for areas along the water’s path.
  4. The cabinet yesterday backed a proposal to convene a special parliamentary session to discuss ways to defuse the ongoing political conflict arising from anti-govt protests urgently next week.
  5. The 1st Chinese tourists, 41 in total, under the special tourist visa (STV) scheme arrived in Bangkok yesterday and are in quarantine, another 147 are expected on October 26.
  6. Credit card spending expects to accelerate for remaining 2 months from shopping tax break scheme, BAY’s Krungsri consumer targeting 4Q card spending +20%yoy, AEONTS & KTC on-top & cash back to boost sales, Tabloid.
  7. First batch of tourists Covid-free : More arrivals from China due this month. The result of the first Covid-19 test on arrival for 39 Chinese tourists who travelled using the special tourist visa reported no positive cases. Bangkok Post
  8. Index sees up to 100,000 job losses : SET-listed event and marketing services firm Index Creative Village Plc expects as many as 100,000 employees in the sector to lose their jobs because of the pandemic and ongoing anti-government demonstrations. Bangkok Post
  9. Prayut doubles down on media : Voice TV defiant as court blocks content. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has told authorities to take no chances in censorship scrutiny of broadcast and online content that could be deemed to violate the state of emergency. Bangkok Post
  10. TAT says country’s reopening must proceed with small steps : Thailand must start its reopening plan slowly after the first Chinese tourists under the special tourist visa (STV) scheme arrived yesterday, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Bangkok Post

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