Month: May 2005

  • Phuket NewsTime for Phuket “to learn from mistakes’ | Thaiger

    Time for Phuket “to learn from mistakes’

    PHUKET: Phuket should learn from the mistakes of the past while rebuilding after the December 26 tsunami, according to a world expert in sustainable tourism.Gabor Vereczi, who analyzes sustainable tourism for the World Tourism Organization (WTO), told a tourism conference at the Pearl Village Hotel: “This is an important opportunity for Phuket and other destinations on the Andaman coast and…

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  • Thailand NewsRelatively dangerous | Thaiger

    Relatively dangerous

    PHUKET CITY: A family sitting around a table in their home at 33 Surin Rd dived for cover when somebody lobbed a fragmentation grenade into their living room at 2 am on April 30. Homeowner Krongkwan Niemsa-ard told police that she believed she was the intended victim, because the grenade hit her on the arm and then rolled under her…

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  • Thailand NewsBad moon writhing | Thaiger

    Bad moon writhing

    SURAT THANI: Tourists arriving on the island of Pha-ngan in Surat Thani Province are to be issued with stickers reminding them that “free sex” is illegal, following government concern over visitors having sexual intercourse in public places. The decision follows pleas by Khon Kaen Senator Rabiabrat Pongpanit to stop tourists on the island from humping in public during the island’s…

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  • Thailand NewsGoing Coconuts | Thaiger

    Going Coconuts

    RAWAI: A young welder from Nakorn Sri Thammarat died of a broken neck on April 27 after he fell from a coconut tree in Rawai. Sompoj Petcharat, 23, was part of a team working at a bungalow colony off Yanui Rd. Being thirsty, he decided to scale one of the many coconut trees in the area to quench his thirst.…

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  • Phuket NewsDulwich divorce is final | Thaiger

    Dulwich divorce is final

    PHUKET: The divorce is final. Dr Arthit Ourairath, CEO and Founder of Dulwich International College, has announced that ties between Dulwich College in London (DCL) and Phuket’s top international school have been severed.Dulwich International College will, from June 24, be known as the British International College of Thailand, unless agreement can be reached with another school willing to replace DCL’s…

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  • Phuket NewsDengue fever cases up sharply | Thaiger

    Dengue fever cases up sharply

    PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) is urging the public to take steps to eradicate mosquitoes around their premises in an effort to prevent the spread of dengue fever. Despite efforts by the PPHO to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease after the tsunami, there have been 68 reported cases of the disease since the beginning of the…

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  • Phuket News

    Princess visits tsunami survivors

    PHUKET CITY: HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has visited Phuket to donate fishing equipment to survivors of the December 26 tsunami.The Princess’s first stop was in Baan Khok Tanod, Chalong, where around 500 local people were waiting to greet her.Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura told the Princess about two areas that were damaged by the tsunami and the 216 houses and…

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  • Phuket News968 businesses still await aid | Thaiger

    968 businesses still await aid

    PHUKET: Nearly five months after the tsunami, some 968 small business owners in Phuket are still awaiting 20,000 baht in financial aid packages from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to re-start their businesses.A group comprising mostly small-scale vendors and beach massage business operators contacted the Phuket Office of the MoI’s Department of Local Administration (DOLA) recently to see why their…

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  • Phuket NewsMICE tourism gets a boost | Thaiger

    MICE tourism gets a boost

    PHUKET: The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) has launched its “Think Meeting, Think Phuket” discounted air fares and hotel rates promotion in a bid to boost the number of MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) travelers to the island.The aim of the promotion, which will end on October 31, is to attract an average 1,250 people a day to Phuket. Assuming…

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  • Phuket NewsPhang Nga airport plan put on hold | Thaiger

    Phang Nga airport plan put on hold

    PHUKET CITY: Plans to build an airport in Phang Nga have been put on ice because of the tsunami.Deputy Transport Minister Vichet Kasemthongsria last year backed a proposal to build an airport on Koh Kho Khao, an island just north of Baan Nam Khem, in Takuapa District, to serve the province’s then-booming tourist industry.But Takuapa District Chief Administration Assistant Kanitsorn…

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  • Phuket NewsOrBorJor promotes Phuket in UAE | Thaiger

    OrBorJor promotes Phuket in UAE

    PHUKET: A 22-member delegation from the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) have returned from the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, where for three days they promoted the delights of Phuket – and studied the way the city, famed for being duty-free, operates.OrBorJor President Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr, who headed the delegation, said that the Phuket booth got good feedback from visitors, though…

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  • Phuket NewsUniversity “taking a gamble’ with casino course | Thaiger

    University “taking a gamble’ with casino course

    PHUKET CITY: A Phuket university has reignited the debate over casinos in Phuket by offering a course in casino and gaming management.The Phuket campus of Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) has started to offer the 45-hour courses to masters degree and doctorate students, even though casinos are illegal in Thailand. The course has received approval from the Ministry of Education.But when…

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  • Phuket NewsOff to the movies? Click before you go! | Thaiger

    Off to the movies? Click before you go!

    PHUKET: Movie-goers in Thailand are familiar with the vagaries of screening schedules; the phenomenon of sudden, unannounced cancellations; and the difficulties in getting through to box office telephone recordings. For foreigners, these problems are often compounded by communication difficulties. It was against this background that the SFX Coliseum cinema at Central Festival and the Phuket Gazette teamed up two months…

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  • Phuket NewsWeather warning for Andaman Sea coast | Thaiger

    Weather warning for Andaman Sea coast

    PHUKET: Heavy rains and widespread thunderstorms swept across the island over the weekend and there is the likelihood of more to come, marking the beginning of Phuket’s annual monsoon season.Staff at the Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast), Phuket, told the Gazette that southwesterly winds of between 20 and 40 kilometers per hour – approximately Force 4 to 5 on the…

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  • Phuket NewsGlut of housing for tsunami survivors | Thaiger

    Glut of housing for tsunami survivors

    PHANG NGA: This province, the hardest hit in Thailand when the tsunami struck on December 26, may end up with twice as many houses as it needs to accommodate peole rendered homeless by the disaster, Provincial Governor Anuwat Metheeviboonwut said on Saturday.Speaking at his residence in the province, Gov Anuwat said that so many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals, from within…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket Air quietly barred from UK

    LONDON: Just days before being banned from flying to the Netherlands, Phuket Air was also quietly barred from flying to the UK, it has emerged. One of its aircraft has also been seized for non-payment of landing fees at London’s Gatwick Airport.The website of the UK Department for Transport (DFT) says that “the Secretary of State has suspended the permit…

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  • Phuket News

    In love with stickers

    PHUKET: Tragedies often heighten “sense of community” among their survivors. The personal – as opposed to government – response to the tsunami in Phuket has been broad, swift, and convincing, with seemingly endless stories of goodwill and good deeds. In the hope that the wave of community spirit might continue undiminished over the next few months until tourism resumes its…

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  • Phuket NewsGhost-busting monks return on PM’s orders | Thaiger

    Ghost-busting monks return on PM’s orders

    PHUKET: Monks from Taiwan and Japan are due to perform a ceremony for tsunami victims in Patong on Monday, on the orders of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – 40 days after Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura ordered an end to rituals to appease ghosts.Napasorn Kakai, Assistant Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 4, said PM Thaksin had declared that…

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  • Phuket News

    New Labor chief aims for one-day work permits

    PHUKET: The new head of the Phuket Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) has instructed his staff to issue work permits to qualified foreigners on the same day they apply.Boonchock Maneechot, 53, told the Gazette he would try to implement new technology and shake up the “old style” bureaucratic mentality at the offices, which in the past has left some applicants…

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  • Phuket NewsB7 million earmarked for sports complex study | Thaiger

    B7 million earmarked for sports complex study

    PHUKET CITY: The proposal to build an international-standard sports training complex in Phuket appears to be limping ahead with 7 million baht being earmarked by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism for a feasibility study.Confirmation that the study is to receive funding was given today by Promchote Traivate, Head of the Phuket Office of Sports and Recreation Development (POSRD). The…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket “badly needs a plan’ | Thaiger

    Phuket “badly needs a plan’

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket desperately needs a long-term development strategy following the tsunami, a Phuket Chamber of Commerce (PCC) seminar entitled “Phuket Alert” was told yesterday. The PCC is considering development issues facing the province and will make recommendations within two months so that they can be included in a development plan for Phuket now being drafted by the National Economic and…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Air apologizes for latest problem | Thaiger

    Phuket Air apologizes for latest problem

    BANGKOK: Troubled no-frills airline Phuket Air yesterday apologized to passengers delayed by the recent decision by the Netherlands Department of Civil Aviation (NDCA) to bar the airline from landing at Amsterdam. The NDCA banned the airline after discovering that an emergency floor light on an aircraft that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport was inoperative, and that the medical certificate of one…

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  • Phuket NewsMeridien chain close to new ownership | Thaiger

    Meridien chain close to new ownership

    PHUKET: Plans are on the table for recapitalization of debt-ridden Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, which operates four hotels in Southern Thailand.Two of the hotels, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort and Le Meridien Khao Lak, are to reopen later this year after being severely damaged by the catastrophic events of December 26.Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club at Nai Harn…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Air in trouble again | Thaiger

    Phuket Air in trouble again

    THAILAND: Phuket Air expects to resume its Bangkok-Amsterdam service within days, following a ban of the service by the Dutch civil aviation authorities after it was discovered that an aircraft serving the route had a faulty emergency lighting system and a Phuket Air pilot was found not to have a necessary medical certificate.Sribenja Semmeesook, Communication Consultant of Aziam Burson-Marsteller, the…

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  • Phuket NewsWater authorities weigh options | Thaiger

    Water authorities weigh options

    PHUKET: Phuket Irrigation Office Project Director Watchara Arepornsiri today said that if rain does not start to replenish Phuket’s water reserves by the middle of this month, he will call in the Royal Rainmaking Project to seed clouds and make artificial rain.K. Watchara explained to the Gazette that Bang Wad reservoir currently holds 1.9 million cubic meters of water, and…

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  • Thailand NewsLarvae carve an itchy niche | Thaiger

    Larvae carve an itchy niche

    CHIANG MAI, PHUKET: Pity the poor housefly. Free of the ethical dilemmas facing humans, all it can aspire to in its short, frenetic life is to pass its genes onto the next generation. But with drought conditions lingering on in much of the country, flies are apparently finding it more difficult to locate piles of moist excrement in which to…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to host big WHO meeting | Thaiger

    Phuket to host big WHO meeting

    KARON: Phuket will this week host an international World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting on the health ramifications of the December 26 tsunami.Delegates from Indonesia, Burma, The Maldives, Sri Lanka are due to join colleagues from Thailand at the Hilton Phuket Arcardia Resort and Spa between May 4 and 6 to discuss what the tsunami has taught them about topics such…

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  • Phuket NewsSeminar on natural disasters | Thaiger

    Seminar on natural disasters

    PHUKET CITY: Government officers and people involved in the hotel trade and other tourism-related businesses in the six Andaman provinces struck by the December 26 tsunami gathered at the Royal Phuket City Hotel on April 30 for a seminar on “earth-based natural disasters”.The event was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).The aim…

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  • Phuket News

    Mayor dodges dismissal debate

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwannasuppana has insisted it is back to business as usual following her sudden sacking of her three deputies on April 8.Mayor Somjai denied that she was locked in any kind of dispute with the former deputies – Ayuth Tansiriroj, Niwas Aroonrat and Piya Siamhan, all members of the “Young Turks” Team which had ruled…

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