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Cabinet approves Phuket Bt2.6b convention center

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PHUKET: Cabinet has approved plans for the long-awaited International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) in Mai Khao to go ahead, with construction likely to get under way mid-2012.

That was the news at a public hearing for the mega-project held at the Phuket Merlin Hotel on Wednesday.

“Cabinet approved the project on September 28 after the Treasury Department sent the project on September 22,” said Pitak Direksunthorn, Director of Bureau of State Property Management 2 at the Treasury Department.

Under the current design, the 2.6-billion-baht center on the 150-rai plot of state land would include a convention hall, exhibition hall, 200-room hotel and a 100-room accommodation facility for government officers and staff.

However, the project’s plans are far from finalized.

“The EIA [environmental impact assessment] report by Phuket Rajabhat University, which is costing 11.5 million baht, should be finished by December this year,” said Mr Pitak.

“Then the plan is to go to the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) for review and recommendations around January next year,” he added.

It will take until April next year to have the final plans and to start seeking tenders. “I know of 11 construction companies interested in the project,” he said.

“It will then take until July to choose a construction contractor and the final plans have to be drawn up, which will take until about December 2011. Then another EIA must be conducted to assess the impact of the final design.

“Construction is likely to start in April 2012,” he concluded.

Mr Pitak said he expected construction of the project to take about 26 months at most. “But if it’s rushed, it will probably take about 22 months,” he said.

Mr Pitak also took the opportunity to clarify that the government will not be building hotels at the site.

“We’re building accommodation for conference organizers only. Some organizations have misunderstood that we will be building hotels, which would compete with local businesses. I guarantee that no hotels are included in the project,” he said.

Bhuritt Maswongsa, vice president of the Phuket Tourist Association, reiterated his call for project organizers to consider the many issues raised by the project, such as extra traffic, transportation to the other places on the island and less car parking.

Mr Bhurritt presented a slew of potential problems at a previous public hearing. For our report on that meeting, click here.

Sorranan Sanae, vice president of the Phuket Provincial Governance Committee, similarly warned against allowing the project to fall into decay in coming years. “We don’t want the project to end up like some previous 20- to 30-million-baht projects,” he said.

Phuket City Municipality Town Planner Prasert Temmas agreed. “The convention hall should be comparable with ones abroad, such as the convention hall in Dubai and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.”

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Bus crash on Patong Hill takes out 12 other vehicles, passengers in bus shaken

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PHOTOS: Phuket Traffic Report VIDEO: Provided by Newshawk Phuket

The tour bus accident on Patong yesterday afternoon, the third such incident in the same spot within 24 hours, has caused three injuries and with vehicles damaged as the bus careered down the hill, out of control. There were 10 tourists on the bus who were shaken by the incident but unharmed.

The Patong Police heard about the incident, adjacent to the Suwankeereewong Temple (Wat Patong) on Phra Baramee Road, the bottom of Patong Hill, just after 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived to find damaged vehicles including a tour bus, passenger vans, trucks, cars and pickups – a total of 12 vehicles.

The three injuries were a van driver and two motorbike drivers. They were taken to Patong and Vachira Phuket Hospitals.

The 27 year old bus driver Pantarit Kaewprawat told police that he was driving down the hill when other vehicles in front of him were braking suddenly. So he tried to avoid the collision with others vehicles in front of him by veering right into oncoming traffic.

Police are continuing their investigation and inspecting local CCTV footage and available dash cam footage (like the one below). In the footage, the bus is traveling, at speed, in the on-coming traffic lane, seemingly unable to stop.

PHUKET – VIDEOAnother angle of yesterday afternoon's collision at the bottom of Patong Hill showing the bus clearly had no brakes, or the driver was unable to use them.VIDEO: Aekkarin Piromrid / Sugusoil Oil / Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

VIDEO – Patong Hill accident adjacent to the temple at the bottom of Phra Baramee Road.VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger Radio on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

 

 

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Chalong Police tracking down a foreigner caught on camera carrying a sea star

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Chalong Police are trying to track down a foreign man caught on camera carrying a sea star along Chalong Pier.

Chalong Police are checking CCTV footage at the Chalong Pier to find the foreign man who was caught on camera carrying sea stars in a plastic bag along the pier on Tuesday.

Read more about the story HERE.

Khanchit Klingklip, who posted the story on his Facebook and a member of Healthy Reef Club, met with Chalong Police yesterday to give more information about the incident.

Chalong Police say they have to find the tourist in order to identify where he found the sea star as each area has different law enforcement. However the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office hasn’t filed a report to police as yet.

Khun Khanchit says, “We asked the tourist for the sea star so we could return it to the sea on the same day.”

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Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

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PHOTO: Thailand Tourism Forum 2019

One of the key points made at the recently concluded Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 in Bangkok, was the country’s over reliance on mass tourism.

Jesper Palmqvist of STR presented full year hotel data for Phuket which showed signs of recovery, yet highlighting the full impact of the drop in Chinese business after the July boat tragedy.

Citing the number’s co-organiser of the event C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett expressed concern that while airlift numbers remain positive, the massive impact of unlicensed accommodation on the Thai hotel sector was adding to the supply demand equation.

Bill said, “While many hotel owners are asking where have all the tourist arrivals gone, in many cases the answer is they are staying  in a condo or villa that does not have to comply with the same regulations that hotels are required to and this grey sector is adding to this year’s tourism challenges.”

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