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PHUKET: Business was steady for Phuket FC during the first half of the 2012 season, with the club’s accounts revealing nearly a million baht in revenue.

Accounts for the 18-team Thai Yamaha One soccer league (Division 1), recently released by league’s mother company, Sponsor Thai Premiere League, show that Phuket FC generated a gross revenue of 976,830 baht from March through July.

This sum took into account revenue from ticketing and merchandising; 84% or 820,930 baht alone came from ticket sales, tallied from a total of 17,275 tickets sold.

Overall, in the league tally for the highest number of spectators and ticket revenue, Phuket finished mid-table,at 9th place.

The team’s remaining revenue of 155,900 baht (16%) came from merchandising – the sale of team paraphernalia including polos, t-shirts, jerseys, scarfs, key chains and bumper stickers – finishing a lowly 12th in the league.

Although there were a total of 17 fixtures in the season’s first half, the figures only account for revenue generated at the club’s nine home matches, played at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium.

These include matches against Rajpracha FC (1,255 spectators on March 24), Bangkok United (1,300 on April 1), Suphanburi FC (1,720 on April 21), Gulf Saraburi (1,100 on May 5), Airforce United (3,200 on May 19), Bangkok FC (1,200 on June 17), Chanthaburi FC (2,200 on June 24), Krabi FC (3,200 on July 7) and Songkhla FC (2,100 on July 22).

The statistics do not account for other sources of revenue such as advertising nor food and drink sales, and revenue generated at away matches.

Moreover, they do not take into account salaries, facility rental, travel, training and other operational related expenses accrued during the period.

Topping the league in revenue turnover and spectator turnout, four of the top five teams – Nakhon Ratchasima FC, Krabi FC, Ratchaburi Mitrphol and Phatthalung FC – were division newcomers, having just been promoted this season.

The largest league turnout for a single match so far this season was on July 18, when Nakhon Ratchasima hosted Saraburi to a 1-1 draw at Korat’s 25,000-seat Chalerm Phrakiet 80 Pansa Stadium.

The Nakhon Ratchasima “Swat Cats” topped the league in ticketing and merchandising, generating some 3.8mn baht from 1.5mn baht sales in merchandise and 2.3mn baht in tickets for nearly 50,000 spectators.

Since the figures were released, Phuket FC has played one more home game, against PTT Rayong on July 28, which had a turn out of 2,200 spectators.

— Steven Layne

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“The rules signal greater willingness by countries around the world to rein in big tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter that the governments fear have become too powerful with little accountability.”

India has issued strict new rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms just weeks after the Indian government attempted to pressure Twitter to take down social media accounts it deemed, well, anti social.

The rules require any social media company to create three roles within India… a “compliance officer” who ensures they follow local laws; a “grievance officer” who addresses complaints from Indian social media users; and a “contact person” who can actually be contacted by lawyers and other aggrieved Indian parties… 24/7.

The companies are also being made to publish a compliance report each month with details about how many complaints they’ve received and the action they took.

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The democratisation of the news model, with social media as its catalyst, will continue to baffle traditional media and governments who used to enjoy a level of control over what stories get told.

The battles of Google and Facebook, with the governments of India and Australia will be followed in plenty of other countries as well.

At the root of all discussions will be the difference between what governments THINK social media is all about and the reality about how quickly the media landscape has changed. You’ll get to read about it first, on a social media platform… probably on the screen you’re watching this news story right now.

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When the airlines, in particular, were asking the government to put their hands in their pockets for some relief funding in August last year, it was genuinely thought that international tourists would be coming back for the high season in December and January. At the very least local tourists and expats would head back to the skies over the traditional holiday break. And surely the Chinese would be back for Chinese New Year?

As we know now, none of that happened. A resurge in cases started just south of Bangkok on December 20 last year, just before Christmas, kicking off another round of restrictions, pretty much killing off any possibility of a high season ‘bump’ for the tourist industry. Airlines slashed flights from their schedule, and hotels, which had dusted off their reception desks for the surge of tourists, shut their doors again.

Domestically, the hotel business saw 6 million room nights in the government’s latest stimulus campaign fully redeemed. But the air ticket quota of 2 million seats still has over 1.3 million seats unused. Local tourists mostly skipped flights and opted for destinations within driving distance of their homes.

As for international tourism… well that still seems months or years away, even now.

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Passenger numbers on domestic flights within Thailand have doubled within a month, rising from 4,000 in January to over 10,000 this month. Having nearly recovered to pre-pandemic levels, domestic travel plummeted once more when Covid-19 resurfaced late last year.

Apirat Chaiwongnoi from the Department of Airports says 15 of Thailand’s 29 airports are now operating domestic flights, with more expected to follow. He believes the aviation sector will continue to recover further in the coming 6 months, bolstered by the national vaccine rollout.

Around 120 domestic flights a day are now operating, which is twice the number that were operating at the lowest point in the crisis. Prior to the resurgence of the virus in December, domestic passenger numbers had recovered to 30,000 – 40,000 a day, around 80% of pre-pandemic numbers.

The DoA says airports must continue to adhere to the Covid-19 hygiene measures put in place by the Health Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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