Thailand launches World Ruby Forum 2017 on 4 November

Thailand launches World Ruby Forum 2017 on 4 November

BANGKOK, 17 October, 2017 – The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) is launching the World Ruby Forum 2017 on 4 November. The event will be held in Bangkok, concurrently with the CIBJO Congress 2017, from 5 to 7 November.

Ms. Duangkamol Jiambutr, GIT Director said, “We are collaborating with partners in the private and public sectors to organise the World Ruby Forum 2017 to promote, support, raise awareness and create accurate understanding about ruby to the general public, business owners in the gems and jewellery industry as well as those in the public and private sectors.”

“With this World Ruby Forum 2017, organisers are aiming to establish ruby as Thailand’s most important exported gem and promote Thailand as the world’s leading gems and jewellery trading centre,” She added.GIT is collaborating with the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, the Association of Gemmology for France and the Department of International Trade Promotion, as well as business owners in the gemstones industry from across Thailand to form the first-ever World Ruby Forum 2017 committee. The event’s aim is to promote the image of Thailand as the world’s most important centre of gems and jewellery.

GIT, under the supervision of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, is the core institution that promotes, supports and develops the capability for competition in the world market for the Thai gems and jewellery industry. In collaboration with its partners, GIT recently held a World’s Most Beautiful Rubies Contest, and announced the winning rubies on 6 September, 2017, at the 60th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair.

The ‘Ruby Heart of Love’ is another important activity to be held at the World Ruby Forum 2017. This charity activity will feature 700 rubies that will be arranged in a heart shape, conveying the love and harmony of Thais, regardless of race, religion, gender or age, that joins together as one to remember the great kindness of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the event of 70 years of reign as well as to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 84th birthday.

The ‘Ruby Heart of Love’ will have the number 1 to 700 shaped as a heart. Those interested in giving can donate in any amount they wish and pick their number. Donors will be named in the book entitled “The Ruby Heart of Love Story” which will be compiled after the rubies have been made into the Ruby Heart of Love. This ruby will not be for sale, but it will be held as a national treasure and organisers plan to exhibit this ruby in leading museums worldwide to promote love and peace.

Moreover, donations from this ‘Ruby Heart of Love’ project will be given to the charity to develop medical equipment which was the last charity to receive patronage from His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The funds received from this project are also expected to be given to charities in need worldwide to continue the King’s legacy of giving to the people.

Thailand ready to host CIBJO Congress 2017 this November

The hosting of World Jewellery Confederation annual gathering – or CIBJO Congress 2017in Thailand enhances the Kingdom’s position as the world’s gems and jewellery trading hub

Thailand ready to host CIBJO Congress 2017 this November

BANGKOK, 17 October, 2017 – The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce’s Department of International Trade Promotion, is hosting the World Jewellery Confederation annual gathering or CIBJO Congress 2017, from 5 to 7 November, in Bangkok.

The congress opening ceremony on 6 November will be presided over by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Ms. Duangkamol Jiambutr, GIT Director, said Thailand’s hosting of one of the world’s most important events for gems and jewellery industry followed the Thai cabinet resolution and the government’s policy to drive Thailand towards being the world’s gems and jewellery trading hub.

“This international conference will showcase Thailand’s gems and jewellery competitiveness to the world and enhance the country’s image as the world class gems and jewellery trading hub within 2021,” she added.

The CIBJO Congress 2017 in Bangkok is expected to attract more than 300 delegates from 42 countries.

Thailand’s gems and jewellery is one of the leading industries that tremendously contributed to overall revenue and created more than one million jobs throughout its value chain. About 80% of the overall manufactured products are exported and 20% is for domestic consumption.

In 2016, Thailand was ranked in 10th place for world’s gems and jewellery, including unwrought gold, exporter with exporting values of US$ 14,246.83 million (500,000 million Baht) which accounted for 3.49% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

In 2017, the export value of gems and jewellery in the first eight months reached US$ 8,400 million (290,000 million Baht). This made gems and jewellery the third most important export product for Thailand.

With its headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, the World Jewellery Confederation or CIBJO is the oldest international organisation in jewellery sector, having originally been established in 1926. The annual CIBJO Congress serves as the official gathering place for its Assembly of Delegates, and also the venue for the annual meetings of its sectorial commissions.

To enhance the positioning of Thailand as the world’s hub for gems and jewellery, GIT will launch the first World Ruby Forum 2017 on 4 November.

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The Air Race 1 is considered as one of the fastest, most thrilling motorsports in the world and is sure to excite all who attend this high-octane aerial event.

According to H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the fantastic success of last year’s test event in Thailand proved once again that the kingdom is Asia’s most reliable sports event host.

“Thailand is passionate about sport, especially motorsport. The Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 presents a unique opportunity to showcase our multifaceted tourism, as we are very keen to welcome international Air Race 1 fans to the Kingdom,” she added.

Last year, Thailand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to successfully host a pylon air race during a test event in preparation for the full World Cup of Air Racing this year.

The sport is growing dramatically year on year and is the only international air race that allows aeroplanes to race at the same time. 

The Air Race 1 is the international level of the sport known for 100 years as formula one air racing. It is true air racing in which eight aeroplanes race competitively against each other at speeds up to 450 kilometres per hour trying to finish first after eight laps around a tight five-kilometre circuit just 10 metres off the ground.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said: “Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 will enhance Thailand’s position as a must-visit destination for international travellers.

“We are always striving for new ways to attract visitors, and this event helps us distinguish Thailand as an ever-changing innovator and leading global tourist destination.”

The event is pulling in the crème de la crème of international air racing. Among them, the top five pilots who will be maxing out their aeroplanes include:

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  • Trevor Jarvis from the United Kingdom flying for the ‘Sonic Zoom’ team in a ‘Cassutt’ aeroplane;
  • Steve Temple from the United States flying for team ‘Quadnickel’ in a Cassutt IIIM aeroplane.

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BANGKOK, 16 October, 2017 – Thailand is imposing a smoking ban on some 20 popular beaches across the country as part of the country’s sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017.

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These beaches are in the provinces of Phuket (Patong); Surat Thani (Bo Phut on Ko Samui); Krabi (Phra Ae and Khlong Dao on Ko Lanta); Chon Buri (Bang Saen and Pattaya as well as Tam Pang on Ko Si Chang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Khao Takiap); Phetchaburi (Cha-am); Phang-nga (Ko Khai Nok and Ko Khai Nai on Ko Yao); Songkhla (Chalatas); Pattani (Tha Wa Sukri); Rayong (Mae Phim); Chanthaburi (Laem Sing), and Chumphon (Sai Ri).

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “These beaches are among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, and the aim is to keep them that way.”

Many tourists include a visit to one or more beaches as part of their holiday in Bangkok and wider Thailand, and these beaches offer the opportunity to enjoy some unique Thai local experiences.

“People who do smoke need not worry, as they will still be accommodated. The new smoking ban on Thai beaches is aimed at maintaining a clean and safe environment for everyone and to help with Thailand’s positive image as a wonderful tourist destination,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

While the smoking ban covers the beaches themselves, officials say there will be designated smoking areas provided inland with refuse containers for the disposal of cigarette butts.

Cigarette butts, apparently, are the main reason behind the new smoking ban on Thai beaches. More precisely, the disposal of butts, or even more precisely, the disposal of butts in the proper way.

Thailand’s Department of Marine And Coastal Resources says it has had to retrieve tens of thousands of butts from the sands of beaches, with this accounting for a large amount of all rubbish collected. A department official said up to 138,000 butts had been collected from just one particular beach – a 2.5 km stretch of Phuket’s popular Patong Beach.

Come November, the new smoking ban on Thai beaches that has been making Thai tourism news recently will carry a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or a year in prison. Far better, it will be, to head to the designated smoking areas for a cigarette.

Officials say the ban initially being implemented on the 20 or so beaches could be expanded to all beaches in Thailand, if it is successful in tackling the waste problem. Meanwhile, under consideration is a similar measure against smoking on tourist boats.

Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from public places.

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