Indian Tourists to Thailand is on the increase

By Sun Narin

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in New Dehli says that the number of Indian tourists in Thailand is up to 552300, increasing 36.21 percent in the first half of 2011 comparing to last year.

Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, the director of TAT New Delhi Office, says that the excellent strength of the Indian economy is the major reason leading to the increase of tourists in Thailand, following the increased accessibility between the two countries.

“Indian people have more disposable income to travel. This is why there is a demand for international travel and now there are a lot of interesting places in Thailand that the tourists can enjoy for their holiday,” he said.

Recently, Bangkok Airways is likely to start running six flights a week between Mumbai and Bangkok to boost Indian tourists flow to Thailand. More airlines are flying to Thailand than ever before. The imminent launch of IndiGo flights from New Delhi to Thailand will be on 8 September 2011. There will be direct flights from Phuket to Kolkata in the mid-2012, he adds.

Kolkata has seen the remarkable increasing tourists to Thailand and 45 percent of passengers flying from Kolkata to Thailand came to Phuket. According to the Royal Thai Consulate General in Kolkata, the number of Indian tourists in the first half of 2011 is up to 26200 increasing 71.6 percent comparing to last year (18750).

Mr. Panupat Chavananikul, the consul in Kolkata said that: “Consulate in Kolkata is always working together to boost up the number of Indian tourists from time to time. Kolkata itself, we do have a function called “Destination Thailand” that will be held annually to promote Thailand tourism.
Last year, there were around 791,185 Indian tourists to Thailand. Most travelers from India to Thailand go for tourism. The percentage is around 60% for leisure and 40% for business, according to TNT.

“Thailand will expect the number will increase to 1052000 in 2012,” he says.

In July 2011, during the visit of the governor of Trang Province in Kolkata, he suggested Indian tourists to visit underwater wedding in Trang Province in southern Thailand. The underwater wedding is generally for western couples seeking a novel way to exchange vows.

Thailand covers the tropical island paradise of Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand which is attractive to everyone, magnificent beaches of Chaweng and Lamai, the
Big Buddha Beach, Wat Phra Yai, Laem So pagoda, Grandmother and Grandfather
Rocks, and Hin Lat Waterfall.

Thailand is keen to work with tourism authorities in India to ensure flight connectivity, lower airfares and cheaper hotels to make India and Thailand among the most preferred destinations.

Nearly 60,000 Thai visited India last year, of which 80 per cent were Buddhist pilgrims.




Cambodia keen on Indian investments

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KOLKATA, 1 SEPT: Indian investors are keen to invest in agriculture and mining sectors in Cambodia, according to the Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “A few investment proposals are being processed in the farm and mining sectors. However, we do not know the amount of money involved as yet,” says an Embassy official. The total bilateral trade between the two countries in 2009-10 was $50.60 million (Indian exports $45.54 million and imports $5.05 million). In the year 2010-11 (April to September) it was $31.43 million (Indian exports $28.08 million and imports of $3.35 million). In 2010, the Mumbai-based Bank of India launched its first branch in Cambodia, becoming the first bank from the sub-continent to set up shop there. The bank is gradually expanding its operations. Many reputed pharmaceutical companies of India, the famous liquor group United Breweries and several automobile companies have been doing well, the official says. During her visit to Cambodia in September 2010, India’s president, Mrs Prativa Patil signed two documents with Cambodia’s Prime Minster, Mr Hun Sen, including a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the National Auditing Authority of Cambodia and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. There was an agreement for Stung Tasal Water Resource Development Project (Phase 2) between the Cambodian government and the Export-Import Bank of India. China tops the list of investors in Cambodia, which mostly focus on agriculture, mining and dams. Bilateral trade between Cambodia and China reached $498 million in the first quarter of this year, a 216 per cent rise from $157.5 million in the corresponding period last year, according to statistics available from the Council for Development of Cambodia.

Cambodia Becomes the Place for Rice Export

Recently, we see North Korea and Thailand’s delegation came to Cambodia to discuss the possibilities of rice from Cambodia. Now Dubai’s delegation visited Cambodia for rice export too. See the report from:


‘Rice Dubai 2011’ sees Dubai as thriving re-export market

(Staff Report)
1 September 2011
DUBAI — The Founding Committee of Rice Dubai 2011 is led by a businessman in Dubai, Dr Faisal Ali Mousa who will lead a core delegation to Cambodia in the first week of September to explore the possibilities of the Royal Government of Cambodia entering the export market to impact positively the rice export market and rice re-export market from UAE to the rest of the world.The delegation will meet with Royal Government of Cambodia’s key officials in the Ministry of Commerce. Rice Dubai 2011 Chairman, Dr Faisal Ali Mousa,  said: ‘The delegation looks forward to meet with  Seun Sotha, Advisor – Ministry of Commerce and  Dr Cham Prasidhi, Senior Minister of Commerce of Cambodia.

“It is expected that Dr Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister of Commerce of Cambodia will preside over a Press meeting to encourage Cambodia’s participation in Rice Dubai 2011.”  Dony Cyril, Project Manager, RICE Dubai 2011,  said: “Rice Dubai 2011 is a concept of exhibition, which is scheduled for November 3, 4 and 5, 2011 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, to bring together global players from the rice producing and exporting markets to benchmark new business thoughts and impact effectively the reach of rice to its consuming markets.The initiative could not have come at a better time, than now, when the world is screaming ‘food crisis’ or ‘famine’.”

The UAE is top re-exporter of rice in the world and its feasible logistical location in the world map as well as its very accommodating Export-Import Trade Laws makes re-export easy from Dubai ports. Keeping with the need for rice exports to be increased from Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2010 axed its rice export licenses to exporters. —

Country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a new order in this regard to replace an old order of 2008 and introduced the Green Trade Permit. This initiative was taken to sell more than 200 tonnes of the grain.

According to International Business Times, ‘ Agriculture is central to Cambodia’s socio-economic development, contributing nearly 33 percent to the country’s GDP. Eighty-five percent of the population lives in rural areas and agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for the rural poor.  This sector has become stable and less dependent on natural changes because of the advances in irrigation scheme and application of agricultural technologies.

Cambodia has been successful with rice production during the last decade, producing 7.58 million tons in 2009, of which the country has another surplus of about 3.5 million tons for export. Cambodia’s rice cultivated area could be expanded up to 3.5 million hectares from 2.6 million hectares. This could help the country reach a potential harvest of 12.25 million tons of rice.

The vision of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is to transform the country into a rice basket making it a major rice exporting country in the global market. In this regard, the RGC has set the year 2015 as the target to achieve paddy surplus of more than 4 million tons and achieve rice export of at least 1 million ton.

The RGC has planned a number of programs and activities to increase rice production to make Cambodia one of the major rice exporting countries in the near future. To address the climate change problem, Cambodia needs to increase its adaptive capacity to climate change and develop more climate resiliency programs.

FAO sounds fresh birdflu alert

31 August 2011

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KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, 31 AUG: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that Indo-Gangetic plain and West Bengal are to be considered at the highest risk of H5N1 and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
This comes after FAO has warned India of a possible resurgence of H5N1 (better known as birdflu) and the recent outbreaks of the disease in many other countries in Asia. “All chickens have to be considered susceptible. However, the poultry being raised in Indo-Gangetic plain is at higher risk as the disease is entrenched in this region. The areas with previous history of HPAI outbreaks and areas where animal movements and trading have taken place, including West Bengal, would be considered at high risk,” says Dr Wantanee Kalpravidh, FAO Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific.
India notified the last outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) in Tripura in February 2011 and nothing thereafter. In early 2008, the disease had spread to more than half of West Bengal after the H5N1 strain was first confirmed in dead chickens. At least 2.2 million birds were slaughtered to control the outbreak. The government of India has just declared itself free from Notifiable Avian Influenza since July 2011.
Dr Kalpravidh said that so far the government has not adopted the vaccination policy and the strategy being used is early detection and rapid response to any disease outbreak. Procedures for outbreak containment would be culling of diseased and exposed flocks. Improvement of biosecurity at poultry farms and market has been included in the national strategy, he added. “The government of India is giving its best attention to improve biosecurity system of poultry farms and strengthen their systems to early detect and respond to any outbreak that might occur,” he said.
FAO chief veterinary officer Mr Juan Lubroth said in a report that the government of six Asian countries, including India, should focus on preparedness and surveillance to tackle the possible outbreak. There were signs that a mutant strain of the deadly virus, with unpredictable risks to human health, is spreading in Asia and beyond. Apart from India, FAO has rung the alarm bell for Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam.
The H5N1 virus has infected 565 people since it first appeared in 2003, killing 331 of them, according to WHO figures. The outbreaks have risen progressively since then, with almost 800 cases recorded in 2010-11, FAO said. The latest death occurred in Cambodia earlier in the month, killing two children. Cambodia has had 16 deaths from 18 confirmed cases of bird flu since 2005. They include seven children, according to Cambodian Health Ministry official.
Mr Madan Mohan Maity, general secretary, West Bengal Poultry Federation, said that so far there is no case of H5N1 or even bird death in Bengal or any part of India. “We hope there will be no panic over bird flu because our poultry sector is highly mechanised. The government is prepared for the disease,” he said. And in New Delhi, the government said it is fully prepared to deal with any eventuality arising out of the outbreak of avian influenza. “A few reports have come out in the press mentioning an FAO alert against a new and deadly mutant strain of avian influenza, popularly known as Birdflu. The government has taken note of the FAO’s alert and is prepared for any eventuality,” an official statement said.