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Can Phuket survive? Interview with Bill Barnett | VIDEO

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Interview with Bill Barnett from c9Hotelworks. Phuket has now been hit with a 3rd major crisis, each one more profound than the long-term effects from the 2004 tsunami. Now the island has new restrictions imposed on arrivals on the southern island, imposed by the Phuket Provincial Authority.


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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    And this is the “expert” who said it would all be over by June 2020.

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Good interview.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Excellent interview and video footage,top marks again to the thaiger team and Mr Barnett for his open honest appraisal.

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    So you cherry pick your comments to post ? thethaiger has shown it’s true colors.

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    what does he know?

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    So he thinks Phuket needs to be run by a mayor “like Pattaya”?

    Gobsmacked doesn’t even come near it …..

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    James R

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I really do not know what they keep on going in a around in circles in Thailand and trying to come up with impossibilities.

    Tourism is close all over the world, a tiny fraction of people are willing to travel, everyone else is staying at home, they are not even going to the next town in their own countries.

    In six months or a year when the West has been vaccinated then they will be willing to travel, why waste time and words, that is the only thing which will work.

    The problem is will tourists want to go to an unvaccinated populations in Thailand who keep on saying they have ordered the vaccine which may be given to a few people over the next six months?

    And there is a big difference between ordering something and it being delivered.

    Talk it up Thailand but we are not all fools.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I read there are 50.000 Burmese, Laos and Cambodians there still surviving, many illegal, so it cannot be too bad.
    However it will be for the Thais, who are used to working in air conditioning out of the sun.
    The remedy is clear. Send the cheap labour home, put on the straw hats, and break into a sweat.
    The easy money from the westerners is gone.
    I hope the Thais saved a little money from the good years.

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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Sad sad desperate times for the Thai people I really feel for them and their economy. It’s going to get worse before it gets better Iv said this for quite some time now. Who knows what the future holds? In my opinion the Thai government need to have a plan but unfortunately theirs maybe a year behind England let’s say and COVID had only started. Thailand could be a disaster waiting to happen. Stay safe guys

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    Rawai Steve

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 4:57 am

    The reality is that no one knows and that’s the simple truth. Even the experts going by their extensive experience can only speculate. My humble observation is this after traveling Thailand for over 30 years and having lived their for 6 years, married to a Thai and have a residence there. I watched Phuket become over developed very quick after the Tsunami. It was incredible seeing the development take place and everyone making money. An island that did not have so many cars now had many. There was no plan in place and you could build whatever you wanted no matter how poorly planned it was and the Government allowed it all. Now there are far to many fingers in the pie and that will slow the pace of recovery but it will recover in time. There is a excellent opportunity to reset here and some are doing that, cleaning up their area and that is a key point for the tourists that want to experience a pure environment. The beaches on Phuket are amazing and it is imperative that they are kept clean along with the water and coral. We had planned to move back to Thailand and thought we would have been back already but Covid hit. We are hoping to move back late this year and we are both forever optimistic.

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    J West

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Dozens of airlines and nearly 10,000 operating in Phuket. Who says the government needs to step in and subsidize any of them with debt moratorium and tax payer perks. If a business isn’t profitable it goes out of business, period. Que sera sera.

    We will know what tourism looks like when the smoke clears and the dead wood gets burned away….and that will be the new normal. dreaming about replicating the past isn’t reality, let it go. If your hotel or beer bar fails, welcome to capitalism. No one owes you an income. Any new business models that arrive will be designed to cater to the market, not selling Thailand as an extension of European pricing.

    Basing the national economy on tourism was a giant mistake to begin with, smart investors study risk management including diversification. Bring the old Phuket back to life will only invite another disaster of some new catalyst in the future. The truly great outcome of all this is seeing the rip offs and pirates in the service industry getting squashed like bugs.

    Say good bye to double pricing, gouging, beach and taxi mafia, tourist menus. In the future tourists should be considered a gift and a blessing, not called “ dirty Farang” and cursed.

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      James R

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Two thirds of the Thai economy is based on exports, tourism is only 15% of GDP so the economy is not based on tourism.

      And the vast number of tourists are not farangs they are from Asia so you are not as you think that important but for some reason many farangs in Thailand think they are.

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    Fred glue

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Just two white men, that they think that they know everything about Thailand .

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      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      my first and my last thought about this 😀
      eXpErTs 555

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    @Fred Glue it is not complicate to understand whats going on in Thailand. Need only to read the statements of the government, eyes and some logic. But here comes the problem for most in Thailand what is logic? How can this Farang understand whats going on? It us not miracle it is just common sense and logic. By the way Thailand is on planet earth and has the same physic laws then the rest of the world and by the way mathematik is also always the same!!!!

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Bill Barnett has over 30 years of experience in the Asian hospitality and property markets. He is considered to be a leading authority on real estate trends across Asia, and has sat at almost every seat around the hospitality and real estate table. Bill promotes industry insight through regular conference speaking engagements and is continually gathering market intelligence. Over the past few years he has released four books on Asian property topics.

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