Hotel rates to go up as Chinese tourists spend big, Thai roads deaths ranked 9th in the world & more automatic passport screening machines for airports.
Chinese tourists on a group tour sightseeing in Bangkok.
Hotel rates to go up as Chinese tourists spend big
Survey results indicate that Chinese travellers were the highest spending tourists last year surpassing tourists from Germany and the United States, thanks to the rising income of China's new middle class Chinese travellers spent US$102 billion on international travel in 2012, up 40% year-on-year. 96% of Chinese tourists went abroad for leisure purposes in 2012, while 52% travelled for business and education.
Thailand is the third largest global destination for the Chinese after the United States and Hong Kong. Chinese travellers also make up the biggest group of foreign nationals visiting Thailand.
The government's new policy to reduce import duties on luxury items is expected to to attract increasing numbers of Chinese travellers. The top two activities for Chinese tourists in Thailand are sightseeing cited by 77% of visitors, and shopping, mentioned by 69%.
55% of the hotels in Thailand plan to raise room rates next year. 30% of hotels expect to see a doubling in Chinese guests over the next three years. Independent Chinese travellers usually stay for two to three days, spend more than those who visit as part of group tours, and can communicate in English.
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Thai road deaths ranked 9th in the world
Thailand is ranked ninth highest in the world for the number of deaths on its roads, according to an annual report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The country had 13,766 road fatalities, or an estimated 38.7 deaths per 100,000 people, between May 11 and Dec 13, 2011.
Riders of motorised two and three wheelers accounted for almost 74% of road deaths in Thailand, followed by drivers and passengers of four-wheel cars, who made up 13% of the total, and light vehicles and pedestrians who accounted for 8%.
The countries with more road fatalities than Thailand are India, where there were 130,037 road deaths, China, with 70,134, Brazil, with 36,499, the United States with 32,885, Russia with 26,567, Iran with 23,249, Mexico with 17,301 and South Africa, with 14,804.
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More automatic passport screening machines for Thai airports
The automatic passport screening machines now operating at Thai airports for Thai passports (Photo Courtesy of Pol Maj Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn)
Passengers insert the first page of their passport in the machine, wait for the gate to open and then stand on a mark to have their picture taken and fingerprint scanned before they proceed
The auto-gates will be used only for Thai passengers because authorities don't have to examine Thai passports that much. Foreign visitors will use the old method of manually checking passports
With the new machine installations, total machines will increase to 48 with eight more at Don Mueang airport and eight at Phuket airport. The new machines are expected to be operational in late January 2014. The 16 auto-gates already in operation cost 76 million baht and are split equally between the departure and arrival halls at Suvarnabhumi.
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abroad: in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ
activity: a thing that you do for interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม
annual: happening once a year - ประจำปี
arrival: when someone reaches where they are going (arrives) - ขาเข้า การเข้ามา
authority: a person who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
automatic: when a machine does something by itself without needing a humaN to operate it and make decisions; self-operating, automated - อัตโนมัติ, เป็นไปโดยอัตโนมัติ
cite: to mention something as an example - กล่าวถึง
communicate: to express thoughts, feelings, or information to another person or animal, for example by speaking or writing - ติดต่อสื่อสาร
departure: leaving - การออกจาก
departure terminal: the terminal that passengers leave from when travelling to another place -
destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง
double: to become twice as big, twice as much or twice as many - เพิ่มเป็นสองเท่า
ease: to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา
equally: evenly; the same for all - อย่างเท่ากัน
estimate: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ
examine: to look at somebody/something closely, to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem - ตรวจ
fatality: a death caused by an illness, accident, crime or war - การเสียชีวิต
fingerprint: a mark that you leave on something when you touch it, showing the pattern of lines on the skin of your fingers - รอยนิ้วมือ
flow: continuous movement, in this case, of traffic - การไหล
global: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก
halve: to reduce by a half; to make something reduce by a half - ลดลงครึ่งหนึ่ง, หั่นครึ่ง
immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
in operation: (of a machine, a business, etc.) working normally - ดำเนินการ
income: money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้
independent: not connected with or influenced by something; not connected with each other - ซึ่งเป็นอิสระ, ไม่ขึ้นกับใคร
indicate: to show - แสดง
insert: to put something into something else or between two things - ใส่, สอด, สอดใส่
install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง
international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ
leisure: relating to activities that you do to relax or enjoy yourself - เกี่ยวกับเวลาว่า
luxury: the best and most expensive of something - ที่หรูหรา
manually: by hand - ด้วยมือ
mark: a small area of dirt, a spot or a cut on a surface that spoils its appearance - รอย
mention: to refer to someone or something in speech or writing - กล่าวถึ, เอ่ยถึง, พูดถึง
method: a particular way of doing something - วิธีการ,วิธีดำเนินการ
middle class: people who earn enough money to pay their family's expenses and save some too; people who are not rich and not poor but in the middle, in between; bourgeoisie, white-collar class - ชนชั้นกลาง
national: a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน
operating: carrying out an activity - ดำเนินการ
operational: working; able to be used - ที่สามารถใช้งานได้
passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
passport: the official government document that people need to travel outside their own country - หนังสือเดินทาง
pedestrians: people who are walking, especially in an area where vehicles go - คนเดินถนน
proceed: to continue as planned - ดำเนินการ
process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
purpose: the intention to achieve something - ความตั้งใจ, ความประสงค์, ความปรารถนา, ความตั้งใจ
queue: a line of people waiting for something - คิว
rank: to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc - จัดลำดับ
results: what you get in the end when activity is completed (test results, research results, etc) - ผล
scan: to look at something very carefully, because you hope or expect to see a particular person or thing - มองกวาด, ดูผ่าน ๆ ตา
screen: to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something - คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก
screen: to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something - สครีน, คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก
sightseeing: going around a place to see the interesting things there; on a tour, go on excursion - การเยี่ยมชม,การท่องเที่ยวดูสิ่งของหรือทิวทัศน์
speed up: make go faster -
split: to divide - ทำให้แตกแยก
surpass: to do or be better than somebody/something - เหนือกว่า, เก่งกว่า, ดีกว่า, เกินกว่า
survey: to make an examination of something to find out about its condition - สำรวจ
survey: to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions - สำรวจ
vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ