ATBC Meets new Australian Ambassador Designate to Thailand

On Thursday 27th November 2018, ATBC President, Doug Blunt, and Vice President, Jamie Gibson, had the pleasure of meeting the new Australian Ambassador to Thailand Designate, Allan McKinnon, at the DFAT offices in Sydney.

The ATBC welcomed the opportunity to meet the new Ambassador Designate, and discussed a range of issues including the history and role of the ATBC, bilateral trade, bilateral business sentiment, Thailand’s role in ASEAN, and other items of mutual interest.

The ATBC welcomes Allan’s appointment and looks forward to a positive productive working relationship with the Ambassador Designate and his office.

Allan takes up his new role in January 2019.

The ATBC would like to reiterate its thanks to the outgoing Ambassador, Mr.Paul Robilliard, and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.

New Australian Ambassador to Thailand Appointed

The ATBC wishes the outgoing Ambassador Paul Robilliard all the very best, he has been a strong advocate for Australia’s interests in the region and developed good relationships with the Kingdom of Thailand.

Travelers Spend More Money in Thailand Than Anywhere Else in Asia

According to a visualization of recent UN World Tourism Organization data by HowMuch, a financial literacy and infographics agency, Thailand outranks every other nation in Asia when it comes to tourism spend.

Last year, it collected $57 billion in international tourism receipts, nearly doubling Macao ($36 billion), Japan ($34 billion), Hong Kong ($33 billion), and China ($33 billion). Globally, the only countries that out-earn Thailand in terms of tourism dollars are France ($61 billion), Spain ($68 billion), and the United States—which handily takes the gold medal, at $211 billion.

Read the full story at Bloomberg.

ATBC at ASEAN Business Council Networking Event

The ATBC was proud to be a joint partner in the inaugural ASEAN Business Council’s Networking Event held in partnership with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the NSW and Australian Governments at the NSW Trade and Investment Offices in Sydney.

Approximately 70 people attended the event from a wide range of backgrounds that included business, commercial, diplomatic, academic and trade attendees. Each of the 4 Business Councils gave short updates on their respective areas, as did the NSW and Australian Governments. A particular highlight was a presentation given by Dr Sandra Seno-Alday from the University of Sydney Business School, on various growth trends across the ASEAN Business Sector. The respective Business Councils agreed to capitalise on the success of this event with another event in the future.

You can read a PDF copy of ATBC National President’s Speech from the event here:

ASEAN Networking Speech – D Blunt July 2018

Thai Business confidence improves in June

Thai business confidence improved in June, boosted by the government’s economic stimulus measures, a weaker baht, which is good for tourism and exports, growing border trade and recovering farm prices.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce’s new index, which gauges nationwide business sentiment, increased to 48.4 points in June from 47.7 in May — the month it debuted.

Read the full story at the Bangkok Post.

Source: the Bangkok Post