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PHUKET: Representatives of Chinese investment conglomerate Shang Mao Group met the Phuket Governor last week to express interest in investing some 10 billion baht in Thailand, probably in Phuket or Chiang Mai.

Six representatives of the Nanjing-based firm got a warm welcome from Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha at Provincial Hall on Friday afternoon.

Shang Mao Group President Wang Guiyuan told Gov Tri the same thing he told Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart at a meeting in Bangkok two days before: that the company has an initial investment budget of 10 billion baht for Thailand.

I am very interested to invest in Thailand, because we believe the democratic government will open the door for us. We have two options in mind, Phuket and Chiang Mai, but have not yet decided what industry to invest in. We are quite interested in the property and hotel sectors however,” Mr Wang said.

Gov Tri said Phuket generates about 100 billion baht a year from its tourism industry, but still had room for growth.

Many foreign investors have come to meet the Phuket Governor in recent years to discuss possible investment in projects such as light rail transport, the Patong Tunnel, and development in the property sector and tourism industry,” he told the delegation.

Gov Tri said he was pleased to welcome any groups willing to fund Phuket’s development as a sustainable tourism destination. He would assist any such firms with any bureaucratic hurdles they might face, he added.

I welcome investors who don’t take advantage of Phuket’s natural resources and culture. They have to help keep the environment clean. I want to find balance between development and conservation,” he said.

Phuket’s single greatest infrastructure need was better public transport between Phuket Town and Phuket International Airport (PIA). This is needed to keep pace with airport expansion plans designed to boost passenger capacity there to 12.5 million by 2013.

Airport officials earlier said the annual number of passengers transiting though PIA surpassed the six million barrier for the first time in September this year. The figure is expected to reach 7.5 million by year’s end.

A light rail project along Thepkrasattri Road, the island’s main north-south artery, appears to be the best solution, he said.

At the end of the meeting President Wang presented the governor with a gift bottle of moutai, a refined Chinese liquor distilled from fermented sorghum.

Shang Mao Group is a powerful investment firm operating banks, hotels and property businesses in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province.

— Krungthep Thurakij



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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