RENDERINGS: From Phuketify website
Cherng Talay has become the new ‘go to’ area with an exciting array of new retail and entertainment options opening up at the end of this year and into next year. Including this one…
A new lifestyle shopping mall is set to open by the end of 2019 in Cherng Talay, with Central Group investing a total of 1 billion baht in the project.
Central Group is continuing its expansion into the lifestyle mall segment with a new project for Phuket, this time located in Cherng Talay, a short distance from Boat Avenue and Laguna Phuket. Graciously named Porto de Phuket, the mall will set on a 40,000 sqm. area and offers 12,000 sqm. of leasable area.
“Porto de Phuket will offer a diverse selection of activities with abundant opportunities for connection with nature. Acclaimed restaurants, trendy retail and family entertainment, our lifestyle retail concept will have something for everybody”, said a representative of the group.
The architecture of the mall reinterprets the natural formation of waves while integrating with the Sino-Portuguese culture to create a unique space in Phuket. Existing trees and flora will be kept as much as possible and integrated with the several buildings, effectively bringing natural elements inside the mall, as it can be seen in the renderings above.
Several familiar brands will be present, such as Central Food Hall, Power Buy, Supersports, B2S and Family Mart. Food-wise, the Mercado will take care of the hungry diners, offering a mix of different areas serving traditional Thai food and eclectic international delicacies.
Central is targeting both locals/expatriates and tourists, mentioning that “Phuket attracted approximately 16.9 million tourists and passengers annually in 2017, an increase of 11.6% from 15.1 million in 2016 and is expected to reach over 20 million for the next 2-3 years, with approximately 300 flights landing and departing from Phuket International Airport daily.”
While Porto de Phuket will provide parking space for 300 cars and 100 motorbikes, the real question will be to evaluate the access points over time, as Srisoothorn Road and Bangdon-Cherngtalay Road are already crammed with traffic from the early morning till the end of the afternoon.
Container with radioactive waste being stored at Laem Chabang port
An unknown amount of radioactive waste has been detected inside an export container at the Laem Chabang Deep Seaport, just north of Pattaya, Chon Buri.
The port’s deputy director, Vice Admiral Yutthana Mokkhao, says the waste is being kept in the safety zone at the port which is equipped to handle radioactive situation and it is being handled by officials from Thailand’s Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT).
The waste was detected by x-ray officials and TINT was alerted on Thursday. Yutthana said TINT intended to remove the radioactive waste for disposal by Friday but the operation could not be completed on time. The operation resumed yesterday, he said.
The container belongs to the Aftermath Stainless Steel and Metal Recycling Company.
Yutthana did not specify the amount or type of radioactive waste.
The Nation reports that, normally, radioactive waste could be a by-product of electricity generating by nuclear reactors or it could come from medical radiating machines.
STORY: The Nation
Thailand’s first Apple store opens along the Chao Phraya at the new Iconsiam
The new Iconsiam building is open along the banks of the Chao Phraya along with a stunning new Apple Store, the first in Thailand. One of the features of the new store is the play on the Apple logo which makes it look like a letter of the Thai alphabet, a first such departure for the usually rigorous Apple style-sheet.
The new Apple Iconsiam seamlessly connects the new mixed-use IconSiam Centre to an outdoor roof terrace. The store’s clean, trapezoidal design lines and glass surfaces accentuate the natural beauty of its surroundings while creating an open, airy atmosphere erasing boundaries between interior and exterior.
Apple Iconsiam, the first Apple Store in Thailand, opens today in Bangkok at the city’s newest and largest shopping centre, IconSiam Centre.
The store features Apple’s full line of products, including iPhone XS, iPhone XR and Apple Watch Series 4, invites visitors to pursue their creative passions with free Today at Apple sessions. Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, said that Bangkok is a cultural and economic destination for the entire region, which hosts millions of passionate Apple customers.
“We are thrilled to introduce our Thai customers to Today at Apple, our full line of products, our phenomenal employees and the service and support that is loved by customers around the world,” gushed Ahrendts.
Denny Tuza, senior market director, Asia Pacific Retail for Apple, notes that the design features two expansive glass facades that create transparency through the store and to the river, the city and beyond.
As customers walk in through a sweeping curve stone entry, their journey continues to the lush roof garden, where they can admire local art, participate in a Today at Apple photo or sketch walks, or simply enjoy iconic views of Bangkok.
Inside the store, a spacious forum offers all of Apple’s free Today at Apple sessions, which he says Apple expects will inspire visitors to connect with one another, discover a new passion or take their skills to the next level. People can sign up for Today at Apple sessions at apple.com/th/today. These hands-on sessions, led by creative pros, offer tools for all to explore their creative curiosity and learn to make the most of Apple products and services.
STORY: The Nation
Thai Airways doubles up on 2017 losses
Thai Airways has doubled up on losses for the past three months (Q3), compared to the same period last year. They’ve reported an operating loss of 3.69 billion baht, up 103% year-on-year.
The total revenue was actually up 2.2%, according to a statement from the Thai Airways president, Sumeth Damrongchaitham, but the operating costs were up 1.87 billion baht, compared with the same period in 2017.
He put the dismal profit report down to natural disasters, decreasing numbers of Chinese tourists and rising oil prices.
Whilst noting that the third quarter each year is usually airlines’ ‘low season’ in Thailand, he said fuel prices were up 5.5% this year along with rising costs of maintenance and overhaul.
Sumeth mentioned a few milestone events in Q3, including the Typhoon Jebi that hit Japan, disrupting flights, an earthquake in Hokkaido and Typhoon Mangkhut which hit Hong Kong – all key routes for the national airline.
But, more than the other events, the general drop in Chinese tourists choosing Thai Airways was the main shock to the airline’s bottomline during the period.
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