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SBD Global/June 6, 2014/International Football
Pew Research Center Survey: Majority Of Brazilians Say World Cup Bad For Brazil
Published June 6, 2014
THAILAND WORLD CUP FEVER: In Bangkok, Wassana Nanuam wrote football fans in Thailand "have to watch the World Cup tournament at home due to the curfew, unless they are in tourist areas where the restriction has been lifted." After the National Council for Peace and Order lifted the night curfew in Pattaya City, Koh Samui in Surat Thani province and Phuket island on Tuesday to help the tourism industry, "football fanatics were hopeful the junta would also give them a break by easing the curfew elsewhere during the tournament in Brazil." NCPO spokesperson Winthai Suwaree "brought down their hopes on Thursday." He said that the World Cup is not the only factor for consideration, "as the junta also looked at security concerns when deciding the fate of the curfew" (BANGKOK POST, 6/5). The BANGKOK POST reported a survey by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce revealed that Thais are expected to spend nearly 70B baht ($2.1B), "more than half of it gambling on results, while following the World Cup 2014 tournament in Brazil." UTCC Economic and Business Forecast Center Dir Thanavath Phonvichai said that "spending was projected to be 16% higher than for the last World Cup four years ago" (BANGKOK POST, 6/5).