Social media key influence over Gen Z travel

Social media is a key influence for Generation Z (ages 16-24) travelers, with 51 percent of those surveyed saying they would trust travel recommendations from influencers and celebrities they don’t know. Around 26 percent took over 50 pictures a day while on vacation and 56 percent shared the pictures on social media. Instagram is the top source of inspiration and 60 percent of Gen Z’ers said they're interested in traveling that will look good in pictures and that WiFi was their favorite amenity, with 51 percent saying it was the most important.

A recent report predicts that co-working spaces will rise by 50 percent in the next two years in Bangkok as many overseas firms move to Thailand because of the escalating US-China trade war. This is in part due to the low vacancy rates for prime office space in the Central Business District. Sukhumvit, Siam, Silom and Sathon are seeing high occupancy rates for co-working and major players are entering the market including WeWork which is opening five spaces around the business areas. Singaporean operator JustCo is opening three large spaces in central areas as well.

Four airlines are planning new Asian routes in the fourth quarter, Thai AirAsia will be adding two new routes; Bangkok to Varanasi in India four times a week starting November 25 and Chiang Rai to Hangzhou, China four times a week starting December 1. The new Chiang Rai route is expected to attract more Chinese to the northern city. NokScoot is adding four flights a week to Sapporo from Bangkok starting October 27 and adding more flights to its Tokyo route while Thai Lion Air will be adding daily flights from Bangkok to Manila and Bangkok to Siem Reap in the fourth quarter.

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Any foreigner working in Thailand must obtain a Work Permit before beginning work. While a prospective employer may file an application on the foreigner’s behalf in advance of his starting work, the actual Work Permit will not be issued until the foreigner has entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws and has presented himself to receive his Work Permit.

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