Connect with us


AMCHAM Forum: Staying ahead of the game in the ‘New Phuket’

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: For the last few decades, Phuket has been evolving into a mainstream, mass-market tourist destination. Now the island’s beaches have undergone extreme makeovers and some even more dramatic changes are on the horizon.

“In the aftermath of Thailand’s political crisis, which saw martial law and a nationwide curfew imposed in May, Phuket experienced a sharp drop in visitor arrivals. This peaked in the month of June when combined international and domestic passenger arrivals dropped by 14% year on year,” notes Bill Barnett, Managing Director of leading consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

But writing in the current edition of his Hotel Market Update, a comprehensive report that will be distributed in the Phuket Gazette due out this Friday, Barnett says that recent positive changes on the island allow those involved in the tourism industry to look with hope on the future.

“Phuket is expected to benefit from an extensive government-led clean-up of illegal oceanfront structures and an anti-corruption campaign which has resulted in a remarkable clearing of the island’s beaches,” he notes.

But only the best informed hospitality and tourism managers can expect to come out on top. That is why this Friday’s American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) forum, entitled “Focus on the New Phuket”, is a must for anyone seeking to succeed in what will likely become an even more competitive market.

To stay ahead of the game, join David Keen, CEO of QUO, as he leads a discussion on visionary destination branding and the latest developments in Phuket. He’ll be joined by Khun Wichit Na-Ranong (owner and managing director of Indigo Pearl); Anthony Lark (VP- business development for the Montara Hospitality Group); and Daniel Meury (general manager of Andara Resort and Villas).

Scott Gorsuch will also be presenting a special segment on “Phuket before and after”.

At this special event, our esteemed panel of industry leaders will discuss the crossroads at which Brand Phuket now finds itself. Come high season, how will visitors perceive the new beach experience? How are locals reacting to the “New Phuket”? Is the Pearl of the Andaman Sea losing its adventurous luster, or is it on the brink of an illustrious new chapter?

The forum, which takes place in the Angsana Resort & Spa at Laguna Phuket, is not to be missed by those in the hotel, tourism, real estate and yachting sectors.

Registration begins at 4pm, with the presentation and discussions running from 4:30 to 6pm. Networking drinks will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Admission for non-AMCHAM members is 100 baht. To sign up, please visit or contact Sheree Tanpensuky on 02-254 1041. Or email

— AMCHAM / Phuket Gazette


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 mins ago

Monday Covid Update: 17,970 new cases, provincial totals

News59 mins ago

Police bust gambling operations in Bangkok and Kamphaeng Phet

Best of2 hours ago

Chiang Mai’s 5 best eco-friendly hotels

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

‘Dark red’ curfews, interprovincial public transport ban possibly until Aug 31 – CCSA

Thailand3 hours ago

The Thaiger launches the ‘I Am Strong’ campaign

Chon Buri3 hours ago

Narcolepsy suspected as cause of car accident in Chon Buri

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of3 hours ago

Top 5 hair salons in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Healthcare worker pleads with PM to set up “war room” to manage pandemic

Best of4 hours ago

The best backpacker hostels in Phuket

Politics4 hours ago

Official detained after spreading rumour of planned coup to oust PM

Business4 hours ago

Thai AirAsia suspends flights, cuts salaries as financial woes continue

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 17,970 new cases and 178 deaths

Phuket5 hours ago

Phuket sealed off from tomorrow in bid to curb virus spread, save sandbox

Coronavirus Vaccines5 hours ago

Bangkok vaccination centres shut down at weekend due to vaccine shortages

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand conservation adds 17 rare Indochinese tigers this year

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8