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After 35 Years Japanese Department Store Tokyu Closing MBK Branch In January

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After 35 Years Japanese Department Store Tokyu Closing MBK Branch In January

Japan’s Tokyu Department Store plans to close its Bangkok location at MBK after 35 years and becomes the latest in a lengthy list of Covid-19 casualties in Thailand.

The owners of the famous department store say a string of difficulties with the final straw being a lack of tourist traffic is behind their decision to close, according to Nikkei Asia.

The store at the MBK Center will shut its doors in late January.

Tokyu Department Store, part of the Tokyu Group, is the latest Japanese retailer to pull out of Thailand after Isetan closed down back in August.

The departure will leave Takashimaya, which opened at Iconsiam in 2018, as the only Japanese department store operator in Thailand.

News that Tokyu has decided to quit MBK and Thailand comes as a surprise following the news earlier this month that the department store had signed a newly extended lease agreement for another nine years which was announced by the operators of the shopping center when it unveiled plans for a 1 billion baht facelift

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Bangkok Named ‘Best Leisure City in Asia-Pacific’ For Fifth Year Running

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Bangkok Best Leisure City in Asia-Pacific

Readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific have named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure City in the Asia-Pacific’ for the fifth year running.

This win makes it a record 10th time Bangkok has won this award since 2008.

Mr Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “We are touched that even with the current travel restrictions, Bangkok remains top-of-mind with Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers. We look forward to welcoming them back soon.”

Bangkok’s rich diversity remains a major draw, showcased via its unique blend of New World experiences and Old World charms.

And it’s not just about street food either, though that remains a key attraction. Bangkok boasts multiple Michelin starred restaurants, it’s served by a modern transportation system and has world-class shopping across the city

Although there’s not much travelling this year, readers still voted for their favourite airlines, hotels, and airports for 2020.

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Firefighters Battle Blaze At Shopping Mall In Nakhon Nayok

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Firefighters Battle Blaze At Shopping Mall In Nakhon Nayok

Firefighters battled to extinguish a blaze that ripped through a shopping mall in Nakhon Nayok province this afternoon (December 2).

Flames erupted in a warehouse of the Big One Superstore shortly after midday, according to local reports.

Staff and customers were quickly evacuated from the building and nobody was hurt.

Ten fire trucks raced to the inferno to bring it under control.



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Hollywood Actress Rosie Perez Claims She Contracted Coronavirus Flying To Bangkok Last December

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Hollywood Actress Rosie Perez Claims She Contracted Coronavirus In Bangkok Last December

Hollywood actress Rosie Perez has claimed in an interview she contracted Covid-19 last December flying to Bangkok to film a new TV series for HBO.

Perez, 56, told Uproxx she was diagnosed with the deadly virus in Bangkok while on location filming “The Flight Attendant”.

“I had contracted COVID when we flew to Bangkok. And at that time, they were saying it’s a new respiratory tract infection. It’s a virus that’s going around. We don’t really know what it is and what it does, but it attacks the respiratory system first and then travels to other parts of your body,”

Perez continued, “And I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was terrifying. I remember my manager was with me, and I said, ‘Tarik, don’t let me die in Bangkok.’ And he goes, ‘Oh my God, you’re scaring me.’ And the head of the ICU says, ‘You should be scared, sir. This is serious. We’re going to have to put her in a separate room.’ Because it was new. [This] was in December.”

Perez goes on, “I remember the doctor saying to me, ‘The mask that you have on, the mask that I have on, every time you go outside, every time you meet someone wear that mask — not just for you, but to protect them too’.

In the interview, Perez gives no details on which hospital she was treated in, how long she was hospitalised for or any other information to substantiate her claims she caught Covid either flying to or in Thailand.

Perez shot to fame in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing which she followed with White Men Can’t Jump in 1992. Among many honours, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993) as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color in the early ’90s.

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