As people in Thailand celebrate our traditional Thai New Year, Songkran, this April, the Royal Thai Embassy is pleased to bring the celebrations to the Washington Metropolitan Area by organizing a “Thai Restaurant Week 2014” on April 10-17, 2014. The event will feather special lunch and dinner menu of noodle dishes from various participating Thai restaurants in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, showcasing the vibrancy of Thai food, one of the world’s best cuisines, throughout the Songkran week.
On 28 February 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi met with Mr. Kenneth Hyatt, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, Department of Commerce, at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Both sides shared the same objective to enhance more trade and investment between Thailand and the U.S.Ambassador Vijavat and Mr. Hyatt exchanged views and discussed various aspects on the Thai-U.S. relationship, particularly in terms of trade and investment between the two countries.
On 2-4 March 2014, Ambassador Vijavat visited the State of Florida to deliver a speech at the 24th Asian Cultural Festival in Homestead, Miami. At the event, Congressman Joe Garcia welcomed the Ambassador to his district and both visited Thai booths such as Thai Trade Center Miami, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Wat Buddharangsi, Singha Beer, Thai food stalls and Thai handicraft stalls.
On 1 March 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi and Mrs. Wannipa Isarabhakdi attended the Chinese New Year and 19th annual event celebrations, organized by the Chinese Hainan Association in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi met Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and Congressman Joe Garcia of Florida at their respective offices on 28 February 2014 to introduce himself as well as exchange views with them, ahead of his visit to their districts on 2-4 March 2014.
As the protesters move out, the shopping begins. Retailers in commercial districts where anti-government demonstrators had been staging protests for 49 days until last week said consumers are already returning to their stores now that the protesters have left and the roads are clear.
The United States issued strong praise last week on World Wildlife Day for Thailand’s efforts at ending wildlife trafficking as Thai authorities said the nation’s law enforcement officers had seized over 10,000 endangered animals from smugglers and arrested over 600 suspects during 2013.
With competition fierce among domestic companies in China’s car market, China’s carmakers are increasingly looking to expand in overseas markets with Thailand high on the list of potential destinations for exports and new production facilities, according to an analysis by the Economic Intelligence Unit of Siam Commercial Bank.
Eleven Thai business magnates made Forbes magazine’s most recent list of the world’s richest billionaires, although only one – CP Group Chairman Dhanin Chearavanont – cracked the top 100 wealthiest people on the planet.
The Asian division of United States-based social media giant Facebook is urging small and medium sized business in Thailand to use its website as a platform for advertising, saying that social media is becoming the most effective marketing vehicle for businesses and that Thailand’s high number of Facebook users presents them with golden opportunities.