Month: February 1999

  • Phuket NewsBoom Year For Local Pawn Shop | Thaiger

    Boom Year For Local Pawn Shop

    PHUKET TOWN: The economic crisis fueled an increase in the number of loans against valuables at the Phuket Municipal Pawn Shop last year, according to Manager Phuwadon Chin-nupathum The number of customers seeking loans increased by nearly 2,000 in 1998, compared with 1997, while the total amount of money lent rose from 170,292,530 baht in 1997 to 190,659,300 baht last…

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  • Phuket NewsPhoto Contest Focuses On “Essence Of Thailand’ | Thaiger

    Photo Contest Focuses On “Essence Of Thailand’

    PHUKET: Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts (Thailand), in conjunction with the Bangkok Post and Canon Marketing (Thailand) Co Ltd, have organized a nationwide competition for professional photographers and aspiring amateurs. An array of generous prizes, including roundtrip tickets to Paris on Air France with five nights accommodation in a Le Meridien Hotel, are being offered to encourage photographers to capture…

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  • Phuket NewsWitnesses Fail To Appear In Tong Murder Trial | Thaiger

    Witnesses Fail To Appear In Tong Murder Trial

    PHUKET TOWN: A court session scheduled to have taken place this morning was postponed when all five prosecution witnesses slated to testify in the Danis Wayne Tong murder trial failed to appear. The witnesses, Meen Klasuk, Arthit Chiyaiya, Wittaya Taweewongsap, Prasarn Lohajareekul and Ramon Alphibare [name transliterated by the prosecution], will now be subpoenaed to appear May 4-5, according to…

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  • Phuket NewsBoxing Match To Benefit Local Reporters | Thaiger

    Boxing Match To Benefit Local Reporters

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Reporters’ Club is organizing a night of Thai boxing at Saphan Hin Stadium on Friday, February 26, to raise money for the club. Mr Yongyod Phruksarak, president of the club, said that Phuket Governor Chadej Insawang will deliver a short opening address as the event’s guest of honor. There will be nine matches, the first of…

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  • Phuket NewsMapping Out Coral For Tourism | Thaiger

    Mapping Out Coral For Tourism

    SATUN: The Royal Thai Navy has lent its support to an environmental marine survey off Ko Tarutao, Ko Adang, Ko Rawi and Ko Lipe in Satun province as part of the Chulabhorn 39 Project. Rear Admiral Suraphon Chandaeng, Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet, has told Rear Admiral Chavalit Isarangkul, the Director of the Chulabhorn 39…

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  • Phuket NewsLaguna Resorts & Hotels Announces Record Results | Thaiger

    Laguna Resorts & Hotels Announces Record Results

    BANGKOK: Laguna Resorts & Hotels, Thailand’s second largest public hotel company, which owns Laguna Phuket, announced a record year in 1998 against the background of the regional economic crisis. Revenues climbed to Baht 2.3 billion, up from last year’s 1.6 billion, an increase of 47%. This was largely due to increased revenues at the Laguna Phuket hotels, (Banyan Tree Phuket,…

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  • Phuket NewsVIP Welcome Awaits Octogenarians | Thaiger

    VIP Welcome Awaits Octogenarians

    PATONG BEACH: A VIP welcome awaits a German couple when they arrive in Phuket on February 22. Rudolf and Caroline Frommlet, both 86 years old, have being coming to the island every year for the past 17 years, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand is planning a special ceremony for the couple at the airport this time around. Rudolf and…

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  • Phuket NewsWilling To Serve But Not Service | Thaiger

    Willing To Serve But Not Service

    PHUKET TOWN: Early in the evening on Valentine’s Day, two girls from Lamphun Province near Chiang Mai told police they had narrowly escaped being forced into prostitution. The pair said they were tricked into traveling from their northern homes for work in a Phuket Town red light district by a husband and wife team who told them they would be…

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  • Phuket NewsA-Go-Go, Then A-Gone-Gone | Thaiger

    A-Go-Go, Then A-Gone-Gone

    PATONG: An English tourist celebrating Valentine’s Day with her husband and two friends had her purse stolen as they watched go-go dancers on Patong’s Soi Bangla. Mrs Evin Annerry, 56, lost 1,500 baht, her credit card and other valuables when she, her husband and friends paused for a few minutes to watch the dancers from the sidewalk along the glittering…

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  • Phuket NewsMetropole Makes Room For Beauty | Thaiger

    Metropole Makes Room For Beauty

    PHUKET TOWN: Sixty of Thailand’s most beautiful women will be visiting Phuket from March 20-24 in a warm-up for the Miss Thailand beauty pageant. The girls will be taking part in rehearsals for the pageant, which will be held in Bangkok on March 27. The contestants also visited Phuket last year. The trip is sponsored by the Phuket Chamber of…

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  • Phuket NewsValentine’s Day Puts People in Marriage Mode | Thaiger

    Valentine’s Day Puts People in Marriage Mode

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s marriage registries were working overtime yesterday when 143 couples decided to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day. Muang District office registered the marriages of 118 couples, compared with 88 couples on Valentine’s Day last year. Kathu united 15 couples, up from 10 last year, while Talang had 10 couples completing their nuptials, the same number as Valentine’s…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Airport To Add Personal Touch | Thaiger

    Phuket Airport To Add Personal Touch

    PHUKET TOWN: Government departments and tourism businesses have launched a program to improve the quality of service at Phuket International Airport. Plans for a “Living Room of the Nation” project were thrashed out during a seminar attended by over 250 people at The Metropole hotel on February 11. The project aims to train staff at the airport to provide high-level…

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  • Phuket NewsSanti Ho Withdraws From Sunshine | Thaiger

    Santi Ho Withdraws From Sunshine

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s latest entry into the local radio market has lost one of its founders to an internal dispute. Sunshine Radio (95 FM) took to the air late last year, and was immediately dogged with technical and personnel problems. Though enthusiastic about its mission and ambitious in its goals, the station was plagued by frequent shutdowns, halting segues and…

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  • Phuket NewsSwedish Tourist Dies In Bike Accident | Thaiger

    Swedish Tourist Dies In Bike Accident

    CHALONG: A Swedish tourist died from head injuries after he rode his motorbike into a gully near the Arcadia Hotel and Resort on Karon Beach. Mr Bo Christer Elisson, 32, was travelling with a companion on another motorbike when the accident occurred at 4 a.m. on February 10. He was not wearing a helmet. Mr Ellison’s companion, who did not…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Rugby Sevens Date Announced | Thaiger

    Phuket Rugby Sevens Date Announced

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket International Rugby Sevens tournament has now been confirmed for July 24-25. The tournament, which will bring to Phuket 24 Thai and international teams, has been delayed because of imminent changes in the administration of the Thai Rugby Union (TRU). The TRU will meet next month to form a new committee which will then be responsible for…

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  • Phuket NewsJennings Murder Trial Adjourned | Thaiger

    Jennings Murder Trial Adjourned

    PHUKET TOWN: Suspect Nongnut Tungkaburi failed to appear in court yesterday as the result of an illness which, according to a letter from her doctor, required that she remain at home for two days, February 9-10. Her representative also told the court that she has retained a new, Bangkok-based lawyer who would be able to attend court in Phuket next…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice Go Hi-Tech – At a Price | Thaiger

    Police Go Hi-Tech – At a Price

    PATONG BEACH: The Kathu Police Station is asking for donations to complete a hi-tech, 930,000 baht Control and Operations Centre. Pol Col Kokiat Wongvorachart, superintendent of Kathu Police, said local businesses had already donated 415,000 baht, but police need another 515,000 baht to complete the centre. He said the project was not eligible for government funding. The Control and Operations…

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  • Phuket NewsGloomy Forecast For Tourist Spending | Thaiger

    Gloomy Forecast For Tourist Spending

    PHUKET TOWN: In the Gazette Poll for the week ended yesterday, local residents, Thai and foreign alike, expressed considerable pessimism about the outlook for tourist spending in 1999. An overwhelming 79% of them saw visitor spending dropping from 1998, with 10% predicting that it would remain unchanged from last year’s apparently depressed level. Only 1% of the 290 Phuketians participating…

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  • Phuket NewsTrade Center To Encourage Business | Thaiger

    Trade Center To Encourage Business

    PHUKET: The Ministry of Industry is to set up a trade center in the vacant Offshore Mining Organisation building in Phuket Town. The purpose of the center is to facilitate marketing of locally produced goods to foreign buyers. “We plan to organize a trade center displaying industrial and consumer goods, and handicrafts,” said Adisorn Naphavaranonth, Chief of the Phuket Provincial…

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  • Phuket NewsAustralian Post Graduate Studies Offered In Phuket | Thaiger

    Australian Post Graduate Studies Offered In Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: The Rajabhat Phuket Institute has teamed up with Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, to offer post graduate degrees. The institute currently has 25 students studying for Masters Degrees and PhDs through distance learning programs with the Australian university, according to Wannee Wannapruk, Vice President for General Affairs. A total of 16 of students are Rajabhat Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials Report 30 New AIDS Cases | Thaiger

    Officials Report 30 New AIDS Cases

    PHUKET TOWN: Government health officials recorded 30 new cases of AIDS in Phuket province and two deaths from AIDS-related complications during the one-month reporting period ending January 20. Seven of 240 pregnant women tested during the period were found to be HIV positive. The Phuket Provincial Health Department has recorded 864 cases of AIDS since it began keeping records in…

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  • Phuket NewsAndaman Sea Kayak Marathon – 1999 | Thaiger

    Andaman Sea Kayak Marathon – 1999

    PHUKET TOWN: A series of four grueling marathon races by sea kayak will take place in Phang Nga Bay March 4 through 6. The event, sponsored by the Southern Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has attracted participants from more than ten countries. The four categories of competition are as follows: · International Sea Kayak Ultra Marathon/Open Men. Distance:…

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  • Phuket NewsForeign Biker Killed On Patong-Kamala Rd | Thaiger

    Foreign Biker Killed On Patong-Kamala Rd

    KAMALA BEACH: Alexander Payne, a 24-year-old Englishman living in Kamala and working in Patong, died late Friday night or early Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was driving flew off an embankment and into a deep ditch near Nakaburi at the crest of the Patong-Kamala Road. He was alone at the time of the accident. The wreckage was spotted by…

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  • Phuket NewsDolphin Deaths Under Investigation | Thaiger

    Dolphin Deaths Under Investigation

    CAPE PANWA: Eleven bottle-nosed dolphins and one dugong were found dead on January 25 in a protected coastal zone off Libong Island in nearby Trang province. Villagers at Koh Libong in Kantang District spotted the dolphins floating in a no-fishing zone around the island and reported the find to Trang Fisheries officials. The dolphins and the dugong were transported to…

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