Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’

Actor Jackie Chan Support Koh Samui’s Poor Kids

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Actor Jackie Chan has donated Bt1 million for the education of 192 deserving but economically disadvantaged children of Samui. 

Lhin Phing, a representative from the Jackie Chan Foundation, visited the island recently to personally hand out the check to the Koh Samui District Chief Sakchai Jor Phalit.

The handover, done at the Kanchanaphisek Building in Samui, was also attended by other government officials including Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thueksuban, Suratthani Governor Theerayut Iamtrakul and MP Thani Thueksuban, and Ranong Governor Wanchat Wongchaichana.

Ms. Lhin also brought with her clothes, shoes, educational supplies and other goodies for distribution to Samui children from poor families.

The 192 students awarded scholarship by the Hong Kong actor’s foundation was picked from 26 schools around the island.
In brief remarks at the handover ceremony, Ms. Lhin Ling said that Jackie Chan, known among Thais as Choen Long, feels special affinity with the Thai people.

The actor set up the foundation in 1987 primarily to help Hong Kong teenagers deal with social problems and extend scholarship programs to poor but academically out- standing students in other countries.

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Foreigners flock to st register residences

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Bangkok’s residential property market surged in November with Thailand’s Minor Group completing sales of 7 luxury residences within November worth Bt680 million.

 Foreign buyers comprised 60 per cent of the buyers for the limited offering of 45 three- and four-bedroom residences and eight penthouses. Priced on a leasehold basis for 30 years, the units are located on the top 21 floors of the upscale mixed-use St Regis Hotel, which is scheduled to open in March next year.

While a global branding has played a key storyline, unit owners can avail a menu of hotel services and access to facilities but there is no rental pool operation so buyers are primarily end users.

Presently 26 units in the project are available for purchase in a finished hand-over condition. Six out of eight premium penthouse units have been sold. A pleasant surprise has been the strong Thai market making up 40 per cent of the market composition.

Full furniture fit-out packages priced from Bt7.5 million have received strong uptake. In line with the market positioning, important items like kitchens by worldwide brand Gaggenau and Pogen Pohl have struck a favourable note with clients as have the teakwood flooring and fully fitted bathroom specifications.

Given that all 53 residences directly overlook the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and are near luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt Erawan and Siam Paragon, the St Regis Residences look to become the premier address in the city once fully opened.

For entrepreneur Bill Heinecke, the strategy to develop a smaller number of premium-sized residences has proved to be a winning combination along with the confidence to build out during a time of economic and political challenges and to promote and sell them now ready. Clearly the current near-complete status is fuelling demand.


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TAT woos northern China

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The Tourism Authority of Thailand plans more marketing campaigns in big cities in northern China to draw visitors to Thailand next year.

According to Sansern Ngaorangsri, deputy governor for the East Asia market, the campaigns would be held in Lijiang, Changsha and Hebei, as an ambitious plan to draw 1.2 million Chinese arrivals in 2011.

He said Chinese visitors’ spending was now close to that of other foreign visitors, estimated at about 4,000 baht per person, with average stays of four to five days.

Chinese visitors to Thailand totalled 885,545 in the first 10 months this year, an increase of 50% from the same period last year, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

Mr Sansern said China’s strong economic growth and yuan appreciation had encouraged its citizens to travel abroad including Thailand, despite the country’s political turmoil from March and May.

Phuket and Samui are popular destinations for Chinese visitors.

According to Mr Sansern, the government’s policy to waive visa fees and to grant visas on arrival also played a vital part in increasing Chinese arrivals.

Mr Sansern said the TAT intended to ask the government to extend the visa fee exemption for another year beyond their scheduled expiration in March 2011.

In the meantime, he said the TAT would join with the Chiang Mai Business Tourism Association in a campaign to attract Chinese visitors, particularly from Kunming, using Asian Highway route A3.

The TAT opened an office this year in Kunming.


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