Phuket Update An Englishman on a motorcycle crashed into two Russian women as they crossed the street outside Patong Hospital in Patong last night, leaving them with a short journey for treatment.
mcot.net Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ministers were heading to Udon Thani for their second ''retreat'' Cabinet meeting today and tomorrow. Another follows on Phuket next month.
bangkokpost.com The number of Koreans visiting Thailand will increase by 20pc this year to 1.22 million people contributing 40 billion baht, says the Kasikorn Research Centre. Destinations are Phuket, Krabi and Samui.
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nationmultimedia.com In April, Thai Airways International is scheduled to start operating two flights a week on the Mumbai-Phuket-Bangkok-Mumbai route and a direct daily flight from New Delhi to Phuket. "We hope to welcome more incentive groups from those key cities," said Saranya Charuvastr, marketing promotion director at Phuket FantaSea.
nationmultimedia.com At the sixth Outbound Travel Mart in Mumbai, national tourism organisations and travel operators from Southeast Asia - including Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines - presented their aggressive marketing campaigns to attract Indian tourists to their countries.
wsj.com Thailand's economy contracted more than expected in the fourth quarter of last year as the country was hit by its worst floods in decades, pulling gross domestic product for the whole of 2011 to the verge of negative territory.
theage.com.au Hours before Air Australia was grounded, director Michael James urged staff to ''ignore speculation'' and told them it was ''business as usual''. The airline was put into administration in the early hours of Friday after a fuel supplier in Phuket refused to extend it credit.
news.com.au One of the top executives at the helm of failed Air Australia had no experience working in the aviation sector. Damien Vasta served as chief commercial officer of the Brisbane-based carrier, which collapsed last week stranding overseas about 4000 tourists and leaving 300 employees without a job.
smh.com.au Air Australia's entire fleet of aircraft will be returned to its owners within days, dousing hopes of resurrecting the failed airline. As administrators Korda Mentha try to untangle a web of companies linked to Air Australia, the competition regulator has declined to be drawn on concerns about a lack of protection for passengers when airlines go belly up. Lawyers specialising in travel have stressed most travel insurance policies do not cover consumers if an airline folds.
warwickdailynews.com.au Harvey World Travel agent Aly Palmer: "We had a lot of tears here on Friday and people were angry, which we totally understand. We have built this dream for our clients and they are so excited about going and having a holiday . . . and to have to give them news like that."
Phuket Update Jetstar [which flies frequently to Phuket] is equipping its fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft with the latest satellite-linked navigation system to improve safety and on-time performance. Aircraft fitted with the system known as Required Navigation Performance can safely navigate around cloud shrouded mountains, through valleys and over high terrain when low visibility would increase the chance of flight disruptions.
bangkokpost.com Qatar tour operators see positive signs in the medical tourism industry in Thailand, thanks to competitive prices and the international standards of medical facilities.
rnw.nl A court in Thailand has issued an arrest warrant for a sixth Iranian suspected of involvement in an alleged plot to kill Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, police said. The suspect, named as 57-year-old Norouzi Shaya Ali Akbar, faces charges of possessing and making explosives.
bangkokpost.com City police chief Winai Thongsong said the only information known about the latest suspect was that he had already left Thailand for Iran.
jpost.com Bangkok Police believe that a number of stickers bearing the word "Sejeal" found posted along a road in the city may have been used by the Iranian men arrested in a terror plot last week to mark potential targets, the Bangkok Post reported.
bbc.co.uk Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch appears to have signalled his support for Scottish independence via the social media network Twitter. The owner of News Corporation tweeted the message: "Let Scotland go and compete. Everyone would win."
mcot.net Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reaffirmed to visiting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that Malaysia did not support the insurgency and opposed violence in Thailand's southern border region.
theaustralian.com.au Four Australian tourists reported missing on a chartered boat off the coast of Bali have been found alive. The tourists and three crew members were on board the wooden boat heading out on a three-day diving holiday when the engine failed.
telegraph.co.uk More than 500,000 people were allowed into Britain unchecked due to the repeated suspension of vital checks, opening up an ''unacceptable'' breach in the country's defences against terrorists and criminals, an official investigation has found.
bbc.co.uk Former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, 90, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Earth orbit by chatting with the crew on the International Space Station.
telegraph.co.uk People should limit their showers to just four minutes, water firms have said, as drought was declared in South East England at the earliest time of year on record.
nationmultimedia.com John Christie, incoming chief executive officer at Tesco Lotus, gave a strong commitment as to the UK-based hypermarket giant's continued investment in Thailand, both in new-store expansion and the local logistics network.
telegraph.co.uk Manchester United's players have sought assurances about how long Sir Alex Ferguson intends to continue at Old Trafford before committing their future to the club, the United manager has revealed.
yachte.com Singapore has emerged victorious from the Ocean Sprint in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, covering the distance in 28 hours 20min 54secs, bettering De Lage Landen's time by close to 14 minutes to claim the valuable extra point and is now in third place behind De Lage Landen and Geraldton Western Australia.
February 23-26 10th Thai International Travel Fair, Bangkok
February 24-25 Phuket Blues Festival, Laguna Phuket
March 29-April 1 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina
April 23-28 Phuket Pride Festival
April Opening of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, three waterfront gardens that will dwarf Kew in London and provide ''green lungs'' for the city.
May 5 Krabi celebrates the province's 140th anniversary
May 26-June 5 National Youth Games, Phuket
November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket