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What's new in business news: December 29, 2014

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Thailand's airports see recovery & rise in holiday season traffic, Chinese, largest investor in Thai property this year, eye Bangkok condo investments & jump in Thais investing outside of Thailand.

Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok's main international airport, seen from the airport's control tower.

AVIATION

Airports see recovery & rise in holiday season traffic

Passenger traffic through all six of Thailand's main airports this holiday season is enjoying a healthy recovery from a year ago, when the political turmoil depressed growth. This holiday season (Christmas-New Years season, the period between Dec 26 and Jan 5 ) is projected to see an 8.5% increase in passengers, a total of 3.4 million passengers or 309,111 a day with 2,010 takeoffs and landings a day at the six main airports run by Airports of Thailand (AoT). The rise reflects the return in air traffic growth throughout the country, driven by the post-coup political stability that has been reviving inbound tourism.

All but two of the six AoT-operated airports envisage a double-digit growth in the period, while Suvarnabhumi and Phuket airports see a decline.  Suvarnabhumi, the airport that most people enter and leave the country from, expects a 4.4% drop in passenger traffic due partly to the airport's limited capacity and budget airlines moving to Don Mueang, Bangkok's other airport, now one of Southeast Asia's largest low-cost carrier (LCC) hubs. In the current holiday season, Don Mueang is expected to handle 43.4% more passengers and 25.3% more flights than a year ago.

Phuket, the country's third busiest airport, will see a 2.5% drop in passenger throughput due to the airport's limited capacity where demand has been far exceeding capacity for years. In Chiang Mai  passenger traffic was up by 21.4%  and Chiang Rai had 26.2% growth in passenger volumes.

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PROPERTY

Chinese, largest investor in Thai property this year, eye condo investments 

This year the Chinese made up the largest investor group interested in the Thai property market, followed by those from Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Chinese investors are eyeing new condominium development in Bangkok this year, with at least three groups planning to launch three new sites next year near mass transit and in eastern Bangkok worth a combined 5 billion baht. One project will be located near a station along the On Nut extension line of the skytrain and another near the subway station on Ratchadaphisek Road.

Chinese developers that invest in Thailand usually have their own contractor to build the project, import construction materials from China and tap Chinese buyers as a target buyer group. Chinese investors have been looking for investments outside of China as China's economy has not been so good recently. China's government has also been using preventive measures to avoid a dangerous bubble in the property sector. Thailand is very attractive to them, as property prices are not as high as in Hong Kong or Singapore and the number of Chinese wanting to buy a condo in Thailand is increasing. Besides Bangkok, Chinese investors are interested in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai, the favourite travel destinations of their fellow Chinese.

Most of the Chinese investors were interested in the middle-priced market segment of 70,000 to 80,000 baht a square metre and unit sizes of 35-40 sq m. at locations such as Sois Thong Lor, Asok and On Nut as well as Rama IX and Ratchadaphisek roads.

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INVESTMENT

Jump in Thais investing outside of Thailand

Outward portfolio investment increased by almost 41% from January-October, a sign that local investors were flocking to other markets which yield comparatively higher returns with lower risks than investments in Thai markets.

Globally, 2014 has been a volatile year for currencies on speculations of further monetary policy easing  by major central banks in China, Japan and the European bloc. Bank of Japan is expected to continue pumping more money into the system to stimulate economic growth, a monetary policy that could lead to further pullback in the yen and bolster Japanese equity markets. China is also expected to launch an economic stimulus to spur its slowing economy. European monetary policy will likely be eased more to boost economic growth in the euro zone, so liquidity is expected to still flood the market in 2015.

Thai portfolio investment abroad at the end of October amounted to US$35.2 billion, up $10.2 billion from $25 billion at the end of January with most of it, $34.5 billion, in mutual funds.  Hong Kong was the main investment destination for portfolio investment at 27.1%, followed by Macau at 13.1%, Turkey (11.8%), China (9.62%), Luxembourg (8.39%), Brazil (6.46%), Indonesia (4.42%), the US (4.13%), Switzerland  (2.31%) and Singapore (2.16%).

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Vocabulary:

abroad : in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ

attractive : having features or qualities that make something seem interesting and worth having - น่าดึงดูด

avoid : to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง

bloc : a group of people or a group of countries with the same aim - สมาชิกพรรคการเมือง

bolster : to make something stronger or more effective - ทำให้เข้มแข็ง

boost : to increase; to strengthen - เพิ่ม; ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น

bubble (noun): bubble - economic bubble; an economic situation in which prices of stocks or real estate rise very quickly and many people make a lot of money and then lose money when the "bubble bursts" - เศรษฐกิจฟองสบู่

budget airline : an airline that charges very low prices - สายการบินราคาประหยัด

capacity : the total amount or number that can be handled or contained - ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้

carrier : a company that carries goods or passengers from one place to another, especially by air - บริษัทขนส่ง (โดยเฉพาะสายการบิน)

central bank (noun): the main government bank in a country that controls the supply of loans (credit) and the supply of money in the country and provides financial services to the government and other banks - ธนาคารแห่งชาติ

combined : counted together - รวมกัน

construction : the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

contractor : a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. - ผู้รับเหมา

coup : the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

currency (noun): the system of money, usually, but not always, that a country uses - เงินตรา

current : of the present time - ปัจจุบัน

demand (noun): the need and desire of people to buy goods - อุปสงค์

depress (verb): reduce, decrease, make lower -

destination : the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง

developer (noun): real estate developer, a person or company that builds new "real estate developments" including buildings, houses, shopping centers, etc - นักพัฒนาที่ดิน

development : the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc - การพัฒนา

double-digit (adj): 10 or more, by an amount that two or more digits -

driven by (verb): caused by -

due to : because of - เนื่องจาก

ease : to relieve; to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา

enjoy (verb): to get something that is good or special -

envisage (verb): to imagine what will happen in the future - คาดการณ์

equity (noun): stock shares - หุ้นทุน

exceed : to be more than something; to go beyond a limit - เกินกว่าที่กำหนด

extension : something that is added to make something longer, bigger, etc., in this case as electrical extension - สายพ่วงไฟ, สายต่อปลั๊ก

eye : to consider carefully; to look at someone or something carefully - พิจารณา, มองดู

flight (noun): a trip on an airplane; a plane making a particular journey - การเดินทางด้วยเครื่องบิน; เที่ยวบิน

flock : to go somewhere in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers - แห่กันไป

flood : a large amount or number of something - จำนวนมาก

growth (noun): economic growth, an increase in economic activity - การเติบโต

handle : to be able deal with a situation - ควบคุมได้, เอาอยู่, จัดการได้

hub : the central and most important part of a particular place or activity - จุดศูนย์กลาง, จุดรวม

import : to buy or bring in products from another country - นำเข้า

inbound : travelling towards a particular point, particularly into a city - ขาเข้า (opposite of outbound ขาออก)

invest : to spend money on something in order to make it better or more successful - ลงทุน

investor : a person or organization that invests money, i.e., uses money with the aim of making a profit from it, for example by buying property or buying shares in a company - นักลงทุน

landing : an act of bringing an aircraft or a spacecraft down to the ground after a journey - การลงสู่พื้นดิน

launch : starting something - การเริ่มต้น

limited : not much or enough; not very great in amount or extent - จำกัด

liquidity : a situation in which an organisation, company, business, etc. has the money it needs to pay its bills - สภาพคล่อง

major : very large or important - สำคัญมาก

market segment : products produced for a group of customers that have many things in common such as income or family size or age or location - ส่วนตลาด

mass transit : the system of moving large numbers of people around in a city, including buses, trains, subways, etc. - การขนส่งมวลชน

material : a substance that things can be made from - วัตถุ

monetary policy (noun): the policy of the central bank of a country to control the supply of loans and money in the economy - นโยบายการเงิน

operate : to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ

outward (adjective): going out of a place - ที่มุ่งไปด้านนอก, จากไป

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

portfolio (noun): a set of investments owned by a company, person or organization - หลักทรัพย์การลงทุน, หลักทรัพย์ในครอบครอง, กลุ่มหลักทรัพย์; หลักทรัพย์ทั้งหมด ในความครอบครองของ ผู้ลงทุนรายใดรายหนึ่ง

post : after -

preventive measure : an action which is intended to try to stop something that causes problems or difficulties from happening - มาตรการป้องกัน

project : to make a calculation or guess about the future based on information that you have - คาดคะเน

property : a building or buildings and the surrounding land - อสังหาริมทรัพย์

pump into (verb): put a large amount into something -

recently (adverb): not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้

recovery (noun): the process of becoming normal and healthy again - การฟื้นตัว, การฟื้นฟู

reflect : to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง

return : the amount of profit that you get from something; the amount of money you earn - เงินรายได้

revive : to come or bring something back to existence or use - ฟื้นฟู, ทำให้เกิดขึ้นอีก

risk : the possibility that something dangerous or unpleasant might happen - ความเสี่ยง

season (noun): a period of time during the year - ฤดูกาล, ช่วงเวลา, ระยะเวลา

sector : a part of a country’s economy or business activity - ภาคเศรษฐกิจของประเทศ

sign : a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something exists - ร่องรอย

site : a place where something is located - สถานที่

speculation : ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information - การคาดการณ์

spur : to cause something to happen - ก่อให้เกิด 

stability : a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes; when something is not likely to move or change - ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ

stimulate : to make something develop or become more active; to encourage something - กระตุ้น, ส่งเสริม

stimulus : a set of programmes, especially government spending programmes, designed to start an economy growing again - แผนกระตุ้นหรือฟื้นฟูเศรษฐกิจ

takeoff (noun): when an airplane leaves the ground at the beginning of a flight going somewhere; departure - การร่อนขึ้นจากพื้นดิน, การบินขึ้น

tap : to get or make use of something - ใช้เป็นประโยชน์

target : something you want to achieve; a particular number or amount that you want to achieve - เป้าหมาย

throughput (noun): the amount of people or things going through a place during a period of time - ปริมาณงาน, ปริมาณงานที่ทำในช่วงเวลาหนึ่ง

traffic : the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time; also used for data traveling along a network - การจราจร

turmoil : a state of uncontrolled activity - การจราจล ความไม่สงบ

unit (noun): a single item of the type of product that a company sells - หน่วย

unit : one office or building or group of people - หนึ่งหน่วย

volatile : of something that may change suddenly or become more dangerous - ที่ปะทุได้ง่าย

volume (noun): an amount of something - ปริมาณ

worth : having a value in money, etc - มีค่า, มีมูลค่า

yield (noun): the return or total amount of profits and income you get from an investment or a business - ผลตอบแทน, ผลตอบแทนจากการลงทุน

zone : an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต

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