Thailand to host Amour Asia Pacific 2018

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Travel log February 05, 2018 15:45

Show will boost Kingdom’s reputation as world-class honeymoon destination


Thailand will host the first ever Amour Asia Pacific 2018, a luxury travel trade event that will cement the Kingdom’s reputation as the destination of choice for lovers and honeymooners from around the world. To be held from February 14-17, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Amour Asia Pacific 2018 will help spur continued growth in the elite romance travel market.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said “TAT is proud to support the Amour Asia Pacific 2018. We are confident it will help to underscore Thailand’s reputation as a world-class romance and honeymoon destination, building on the success of the Destination Wedding Planner Congress 2017, which we also hosted. As a leader in this sector, we will continue to increase our competitive advantage in the romance and honeymoon market by innovating to deliver the latest products and services that couples value, while providing opportunities for Thai operators to meet with sellers from across the globe through platforms such as, the Amour Asia Pacific 2018.”

Thailand’s reputation as a host for honeymoons and weddings helped the Kingdom attract 1.1 million international romance travellers in 2016, representing 3.37 percent of all international visitors, and generating 1.65 billion USD for the Thai economy (or approximately 1,500 USD per visitor, per trip).

The Amour Asia Pacific 2018 is a luxury travel trade event specifically designed for the elite romance travel market, including honeymoon curators, destination wedding planners and romance travel designers. Organised by Big Worldwide Limited, a leading international tourism promoter behind major events such as M&I Forums in 2016 (including Europe, the emerging markets, and the Americas), PRIVATE Luxury Forums in 2016 (the Americas and Europe), and the Amour Europe Forum 2016.

The Amour Asia Pacific 2018 will welcome 77 high-quality buyers including both Romance Travel Buyers and Destination Wedding Planners. The show will also feature 84 exhibitors, ranging from hotel and accommodation providers to destination management companies from across the Asia Pacific including 15 from Thailand.

As a co-host, TAT will ensure that Thailand’s hospitality is extended to every delegate, from seamless on-ground transportation, to networking activities, and an exclusive gala dinner and after party at the Nai Lert Park Heritage Home. As a TAT partner, Thailand Elite (Thailand Privilege Card) will welcome delegates on arrival, provide fast-track immigration services, and offer access to a Welcome Lounge.

To enrich the delegates’ experience and offer them a glimpse into the various shades of Thai heritage and culture, TAT is also hosting pre- and post-tour activities. Pre-tour activities include a Thai Boxing Class – The Legend Thai Boxing, a Thai Cooking Class at the Blue Elephant Cooking School, a Bangkok Food Tour – Historic Bang Rak Food Tasting and Culture Tour, a tour of Khlong Bang Luang (Royal Barge Museum + Baan Silapin), and a tour of Rattanakosin Island. Ensuring guests will leave Thailand with memories to last a lifetime, TAT’s post-tour trips are to the island paradises of Krabi and Ko Samui, two of Thailand’s key wedding and honeymoon destinations.

Amour Asia Pacific 2018 will be held from February 14-17, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. For more information, visit


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Dressed for the fastival

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national February 08, 2018 20:15

By Chalinee Thirasupa

The Nation

Visitors at the royally-initiated winter festival Oon Ai Rak Klay Kwam Nao at the Royal Plaza and Sanam Suea Pa in Bangkok wear traditional Thai clothes and take selfies amid the flowers and picturesque structures that were prepared for the event.


Admission was free and traditional Thai attire available for people to rent at Bt250 per day per person.

Given royal wishes for Thai people to be joyful and overcome the sadness of the past, as well as to pay tribute to the great achievements of King Rama V and King Rama IX, the grounds of Dusit Palace and Sanam Suea Pa have been transformed for a grand exhibition. Admission is free for the event taking place from Thursday until March 11, but proceeds from associated earnings will be donated to royal charity projects.


Source :  The Nation Multimedia

PM2.5 air pollution up to four times safe upper limit in Bangkok

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national February 08, 2018 15:39

By The Nation

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Bangkok’s level of PM2.5 particulate matter reached well into the harmful zone on Thursday morning, leading to health warnings from officials and environmental organisation Greenpeace.


According to an international website over 200 micrograms of the particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) was recorded in the nation’s capital, posing a health threat to city dwellers. Meanwhile, local authorities put the measurements in the low-to-mid 100 micrograms – still high above official “safe” limits.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) and Greenpeace issued an air pollution alert for residents of Bangkok other major cities in the upper part of the country, after measurements showed that the level of PM2.5 has risen beyond safe limit in many provinces.

According to an air pollution report at, the PM2.5 level in Bangkok reached peaked at 203 micrograms at around 7am, a level considered “very unhealthy” and leading to calls for children, adults, and people with respiratory disease to avoid all outdoor exertion.

The PCD sets 50 micrograms as Thailand’s safe level, while the World Health Organisation’s limit is 25 micrograms.

All air-quality monitoring stations in Bangkok found levels higher than 50 micrograms, according to a report from the PCD. The department advised those at high-risk, such as patients with heart disease and respiratory disease, to wear a facemask or avoid outdoor activities and consult their doctor immediately if they feel ill.

Greenpeace also warned on its Facebook fanpage that people living in Rayong, Lampang, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen, in addition to Bangkok, should be aware of the harmful air pollution level. The level of PM2.5 rose beyond 150 micrograms in all of those provinces.

PCD said that the severe air pollution in Bangkok was a result of moist and cool weather trapping pollution within the city, The Meteorological Department predicted that the cold and misty weather in Bangkok would continue until Sunday.

Due to this weather pattern, officials predicted that air pollution will remain a serious problem in Bangkok until at least this coming weekend.


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Resumption of Syrian-Iraqi trade exchange, press

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Syrian press sources expected the resumption of trade exchange with Iraq through Albu Kamal border outlet. 

Syrian Al-Watan daily reported that the visit of the Syrian trade minister Mohammed al-Sha’ar to Iraq yesterday denoted the nearness of trucks movement between the two countries.

The paper expected that both countries will make joint  actions along the borders between them.

Both countries, since the liberation of Albu Kamal area in both sides, are busy to rehabilitate the border outlet in preparation to resume trade exchange.

Syrian customs sources expected, last  month, that the trade exchange with Iraq will be very high.

Before the Syrian crises, the trade exchange with Iraq reached 3.5 billion dollars, mostly Syrian exports.


Source :  Iraq Trade Link News

Iraq utilizes produced gas, minister

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Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Lu’aibi disclosed the start of utilizing the gas produced with oil operation with an average of 50-70 million standard cubic feet per day.

This was contained in a telegram sent to Premier Haidar al-Ibadi, that included some of the achievements of the ministry.

The minister pointed out that the ministry achieved funds of 252 million dollars for exporting 80 shipments of liquid gas to foreign markets.


Source :  Iraq Trade Link News

Iraq plans to buy 30.000 tons of rice

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Economic sources reported that the Iraq Trade Ministry is planning to buy not less than 30.000 tons of rice in an international tender.

The final date of the tender shall be 18 February instant.

During January 2018, Iraq bought 30.000 tons of Argentinean rice.


Source :  Iraq Trade Link News

Dubai to impose ‘waste disposal fee’ starting May

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Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on February 8, 2018 | Last updated on February 8, 2018 at 02.33 pm

The decree also determines license fee for activities related to waste as well as the violations and fines.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council has issued a decree on the waste disposal fees and fines in Dubai that will come into effect in May.

Starting May 17, Dubai Municipality will apply fees for the disposal of general waste, unwanted materials such as papers, tapes, CD-ROMs, fee for hazardous and medical waste treatment, depending on the quantity of waste carried by the transporter.

The decree also determines license fee for activities related to waste as well as the violations and fines.

Eng. Abdul Majeed Sifaie, Director of Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality, noted that residential establishments do not come under its purview. The decree includes commercial establishments, factories, and private and public institutions in the emirate of Dubai.

He said the decree aims to encourage all categories and segments of the society to enhance the culture of sorting waste from the source and increase the quantity and quality of recycled materials. Therefore, it will provide a safe working environment to encourage investment and create new competitive opportunities in the field of waste management and treatment in Dubai.

The new decree seeks to regulate the waste management sector in the Emirate and to consolidate the principles and foundations of achieving sustainable development in this sector, namely the principle of segregating waste from all domestic, commercial and industrial sources, he said.

“Dubai is the largest business and economic center in the Middle East that attracts visitors and tourists, especially after being nominated to host Expo 2020, the world’s leading economic event. The emirate is also an ideal destination for the world’s leisure and medical tourism sector. Hence, the rates of all types of waste generation from all sectors of the society will increase steadily and will increase significantly unless legislation is adopted to contribute to the promotion of integrated waste management in the Emirate,” said Sifaie.

He said the implementation of the new decree will lead to significant achievements in the field of integrated waste management, environmental and social sustainability, reduced carbon footprint, and reduced waste generation from the source.

“It is worth mentioning that many industrial and commercial companies have already begun to implement waste reduction plans. The number of these companies and institutions are expected to increase after the adoption and implementation of the new decree,” said Sifaie.

Source :  The Khaleej Times