"Thailand Elite'' celebrates its 20th anniversary and launches new brand "Thai Privilege Card''
Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited (TPC), which operates the Thailand Elite Card Project under the supervision of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, they is introducing four new membership packages under the brand name "Type Privilege Card (TPC)".
TPC membership packages will allow members to accrue privilege points and redeem exclusive privileges, encompassing premium airport assistance services, exclusive lounge access at the airport on both arrival and departure, limousine transfers, and personal liaison services available in four languages – English, Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese.
The four packages are:
●RESERVE: The membership fee is 5 million Baht with a membership duration of 20 years or more. This option is designed for individuals seeking long-term entry and exit to Thailand. Membership can be renewed every 5 years, and members can earn 120 accumulated points annually for redeeming top-tier privileges, including accommodation, travel convenience, investments, health and wellbeing, and more. The RESERVE membership is exclusively available through invitation and is limited to 100 individuals per year.
●DIAMOND: The membership fee is 2.5 million Baht with a membership duration of 15 years and exclusive privileges throughout the stay in Thailand. Members earn 55 accumulated points annually to redeem additional privileges.
●PLATINUM: The membership fee is 1.5 million Baht with a membership duration of 10 years. Members accumulate 35 points annually to redeem additional privileges.
●GOLD: The membership fee is 900,000 Baht with a membership duration of 5 years. This option is curated for individuals seeking short-term entry and exit to Thailand. Members can accumulate 20 points annually to redeem additional privileges.
For details, please refer to TAT's announcement.
Pattaya Floating Market burnt down, damage estimated at 50 million baht
At around 8pm on September 7, 2023, a fire broke out at the Pattaya Floating Market in Bang Lamung District, Chonburi Province, Thailand. The fire destroyed the floating market, but fortunately no one was seriously injured.
After the fire broke out, more than 20 fire engines worked to extinguish the fire, but most of the buildings were made of wood. It was completely burnt down.
The fire was extinguished around 10:30 p.m., but the damage was estimated at 50 million baht. The cause is still under investigation.
Thailand's women's volleyball team wins 2023 Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championships
In the final of the 2023 Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship held in Nakhon Ratchasima, the Thai team defeated the favorites, China, in a heated five-set battle, marking their third victory after winning in 2009 and 2013.
The biggest hurdle for Thailand to advance to the finals was the semi-final against Japan, who had won the tournament five times in the past. In this semi-final, Thailand won an upset victory and advanced to the final. Japan won the bronze medal with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Vietnam in the third-place match.
In the final, Thailand faced China, who have won the tournament 13 times in the past. Thailand had never defeated China before, but in this final they beat China for the first time and won the championship.
Planning to build Thailand's first cruise terminal in Pattaya begins
The Marine Department of Thailand has begun planning a project to build Thailand's first cruise terminal at Pattaya's Bali Hai Pier, with the aim of strengthening Thailand's marine tourism capabilities. The project will be proposed to the next government.
A cruise terminal will be built, extending about 900 meters from the cape to the sea. Construction of the cruise terminal is expected to cost between 6 billion and 7 billion baht. This construction investment will be in the form of a public-private partnership. If this cruise terminal is realized, it will be the first place in Thailand that can accommodate super-large cruise ships.
A report on the economic, environmental and other impacts of the project will be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Justice, which will request the cabinet's consideration of the project.
Bottled beer ban on Koh Tao in southern Thailand from September 1, 2023
On Koh Tao in Surat Thani Province, Thailand, the sale of bottled beer will be baned from September 1, 2023, and only canned beer will be sold.
Thailand's Pollution Control Department Director General said on August 30, 2023, Koh Tao would ban bottled beer and only canned beer would be allowed as part of a solution to the garbage problem.
They are also asking people living on Koh Tao to reduce their use of single-use plastics to minimize the amount of waste entering the ocean.