Thai Rugby League has been formed


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Sawasdee Krab,

I came across this, through information from a close friend. I think this is very exciting.

Thai Rugby League has been formed.

Thai Rugby League has been formed to bring the great game of Rugby League to the Kingdom of Thailand on the 14th April 2011 by local businessman Shannon Crane.
“I hope to use my contacts gathered since starting my first business in the Kingdom in 2005 together with League enthusiasts to bring the game here not as a TV sport but a game played in schools and at stadiums every weekend during the cooler months.” say Shannon Crane, founder of Thai Rugby League.
“The first priority is to identify players and potential club owners before hopefully forming a resident’s side next year. Thai players will love League, as the lack of physical size is not as big an issue in Rugby League as it is to Rugby Union. On that note I am sure Thais will learn to love this game quickly.”

Please contact Shannon Crane at enquiries@thairugbyleague.com to express your interest in getting involved.
Click here www.thairugbyleague.com for more information.
Thai Rugby League TRL. © SJ Crane Global 2012

That’s all for now, until next time,Tuk-Tuk

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50 richest Thais control B2.5 trillion


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50 richest Thais control B2.5 trillion

The net worth of Thailand’s 50 richest totals $84 billion – 2.52 trillion baht, equivalent to one fourth of the nation’s GDP.

The country’s lucrative tourism-related businesses and the bull run at the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 2012 helped push up the wealth of several of Thailand’s richest people, according to the latest issues of Forbes Asia and Forbes Thailand magazines.

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Tourism is Thailand’s No.1 source of foreign exchange, and a growing part of the nation’s GDP, the article said. In 2012, more than 22 million tourists visited Thailand, up 16% from 2011, and an all-time high for the country.

Among the tycoons from Thailand’s 50 richest who benefited from the uptick in tourism was Vichai “King Power” Srivaddhanaprabha, whose duty-free airport stores and retail shops are bustling, with group sales up 35% in 2012. He was the year’s top gainer, jumping to No. 11 on the rich list from No. 37 in 2011, with wealth of $1.6 billion. 

Other Thai tycoons who gained from tourism include Nijaporn Charanachitta and Premchai Karnasuta (No. 37, $405 million), who have a stake in Onyx Hospitality, and William Heinecke (No. 20, $1 billion), the nation’s biggest hotel operator, who became a billionaire in May.

Thailand’s richest also got a boost from the robust stock market, which reached a 19-year high in May before sliding a bit _ and is up 14% from last August. Thai share sales, whether IPOs or secondary offerings, hit an all-time record in 2012.

One big beneficiary was transport tycoon Keeree Kanjanapas whose BTS Group Holdings led Asia’s largest IPO of the year through April. He also moved into the billionaire ranks for the first time.

On top of the list for the fourth straight year is Dhanin Chearavanont. The head of agribusiness Charoen Pokphand led the group on an acquisition spree; his CP All, the world’s third biggest operator of 7-Eleven stores, got approval to acquire discount retailer Siam Makro. He also bought a 15% controlling stake in Ping An Insurance in the biggest-ever foreign acquisition of a Chinese company. His wealth jumped $3.6 billion to $12.6 billion this year. 

No. 2 is the Chirathivat family, known for Central department stores. They had a net worth of $12.3 billion, up 78% from $6.9 billion in 2012, thanks to the strong gains in their stocks including hotelier Central Plaza (up 140%) and developer Central Pattana (up 85%). 

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi holds his spot in third place with $10.6 billion, up 71% from $6.2 billion previously. His Thai Beverage, the country’s largest brewer whose shares were up three-fourths in past year, paid $11 billion for control of Singapore’s beverage and property company Fraser & Neave. His private property arm, TCC Land, is the largest owner of Marriott Hotels in Asia-Pacific. 

There are seven new faces on this year’s list including Siam Global House’s Witoon Suriyawanakul (No. 27, $700 million); WHA’s Somyos & Jareeporn Anantaprayoon (No. 33; $525 million); Samart’s Watchai Vilailuck (No. 39; $370 million); Energy Absolute’s Somphote Ahunai (No. 40; $330 million); and SPCG’s Wandee Khunchornyakong (No. 43; $300 million).

For more information, visit Forbes.com.

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G’day Murray

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Bangkok Krung Thep Maha Nakhon part 2


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Bangkok Krung Thep Maha Nakhon part 2

Tourism

Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destination cities. It is ranked third in international visitors in MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, after London and Paris, with 12.2 million visitors projected to arrive in 2012. It also ranks third in international visitor spending, with 19.3 billion dollars projected for 2012, after London and New York. Euromonitor International ranked Bangkok fifth in its Top City Destinations Ranking for 2010. Bangkok has also been named “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure magazine’s survey of its readers for three consecutive years since 2010.

As the main gateway through which visitors arrive in Thailand, Bangkok is visited by the majority of international tourists to the country. Domestic tourism is also prominent. The Department of Tourism recorded 26,861,095 Thai and 11,361,808 foreign visitors to Bangkok in 2010. Lodgings were made by 15,031,244 guests, who occupied 49.9 percent of the city’s 86,687 hotel rooms. Continue reading

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Bangkok Krung Thep Maha Nakhon part 1


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Bangkok Krung Thep Maha Nakhon part 1

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and the most populous city in the country. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance.

Bangkok traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew in size and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of Siam’s (as Thailand used to be known) modernization during the later nineteenth century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was the centre stage of Thailand’s political struggles throughout the twentieth century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy and underwent numerous coups and uprisings. The city grew rapidly during the 1960s through the 1980s and now exerts a significant impact among Thailand’s politics, economy, education, media and modern society. Continue reading

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