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Thailand is upset with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) resolution that the kingdom has made little progress in addressing unrest in the deep south. Government to protest to OIC over criticism of “meager” progress. Court may rule today to revoke bail for red shirt leaders. Thaksin criticizes Pheu Thai’s “weak” response during censure debate. Weather man says rain will continue into winter due to southern fronts.
Syria cuts Internet as Obama mulls intervention. 2012 is 9th warmest in 160 years. Palestinians win UN statehood. UK government urges more media watchdogs.
– THAI 2012 TOURISM: Thailand will enjoy good business in the fourth quarter due mainly to December’s long holiday periods, predicts the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT). The tourism confidence index is expected to rise to 104 points from 88 points in the third quarter. The index, which is based on responses from 600 tourism operators nationwide, shoots up to 120 points on the long New Year weekend and 110 points on Constitution Day.
December has many holidays including Constitution Day, His Majesty the King’s birthday, and New Year’s Eve. The index of 88 points for the third quarter was lower than the expected 92 points due to high competition, economic uncertainty, and concern over higher operating costs.
Convenient travel, development of tourism sites, and effective promotion of destinations have boosted prospects for tourism in the fourth quarter. The growth of low-cost airlines in the country is also helping tourism, said 60% of respondents.
In the fourth quarter, the tourism index records 109 points for restaurants, 108 for spa and massage providers, and 104 for hotels. The transport sector, with 93 points, is slightly lower than normal.
The TCT’s recent survey of 300 domestic tourists found 53% plan to travel in the last quarter.
The most popular destinations are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phuket, Krabi, Rayong, Hua Hin, and Cha-am.
Some 74% want tourism operators to improve security, followed by cleanliness (68%) and services (51%).
The TCT predicts the number of international arrivals in the final quarter will increase to 5.76 million.
Asean arrivals will grow by 11.3% year-on-year to 1.7 million, Europeans by 4.17% to 1.41 million and East Asians by 15.4% to 1.79 million.
Arrivals for the full year are expected to increase by 15.4% from last year to 21.7 million.
– DEADLY WEDDING PROPOSAL: Two men have been arrested for slitting the throat of a 15-year-old Afghan girl after her family refused a marriage proposal, police say. The girl was carrying water from a river to her village home in northern Kunduz province when she was murdered.
– TAT TURNS TO LINE TO HOOK MORE TOURISTS: The Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched an account on NHN Japan’s popular chat platform Line. Its goal is to create another channel by which it can update travelers about promotions and activities.
The Governor of the TAT, Suraphon Svetasreni, noted that this effort is part of its worldwide social media strategy. Line has risen rapidly to be counted alongside social networks like Facebook and Twitter as important channels through which to reach consumers.
Recently, Thai foodstuff and retail giant CP Foods joined Line and AIS mobile.
Line has a user base of approx 75 million with nearly half of those based in Japan and Line is also popular with users in Asia.
Line has been in the top 10 social networking apps for Thailand on iOS (currently sixth) and also on Google, ranked fifth overall for free apps in Thailand.
– LARRY’S CHRISTMAS CHEER: A tourist’s photo of a New York City police officer Larry DePrimo giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.
– THAIS FLOCK TO CAMBODIA: Thai tourists are visiting Cambodia in increasing numbers – with visitors almost doubling in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year.
Almost 92,000 Thais visited the neighboring country from January to June, an increase from 48,000, or a 90 percent jump from the same period last year, according to a Cambodian Tourism Ministry report.
– PORKY PIES IN THE SKIES: Airbus and Boeing have clashed over the performance of their latest revamped models as the aerospace companies battle for market share by offering fuel savings to cash-starved airlines. In the latest exchange, Airbus ran an advertisement in Aviation Week accusing its rival of ”exaggerating the capabilities” of both the 737 and the latest 747 models.
– CHINESE SATIRE: People’s Daily Online deleted a story and 55-photo slide show that named Kim Jong-un, the young, chubby ruler of North Korea, the “Sexiest Man Alive of 2012.” An editor at China’s People’s Daily Online said that the news organization had now realized the original story was satire and had pulled the feature.