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Help pours in for damaged schools

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KAMALA: Financial assistance has been pouring in from Thailand and around the world to help rebuild Phuket schools damaged by the December 26 tsunami.

The Education Ministry has already issued 800,000 baht in emergency funding to rebuild four schools damaged by the December 26 tsunami, said Damrong Boonchoti, Director of the Phuket Educational Area Office.

Most of the funding will go toward setting up temporary classrooms and other facilities at the two schools worst hit – Baan Kamala School and Baan Kalim School. Two other schools received only minor damage.

“I expect the Ministry to come through with more funding to help build permanent structures at a later date,” said K. Damrong.

“The plight of the primary schools has also drawn concern from the Bureau of the Royal Household, with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn asking officials to visit damaged schools in both Phuket and Phang Nga,” he added.

Since putting out a plea for assistance, the Phuket Educational Area Fund alone has already received some 300,000 baht in private donations to aid in reconstruction.

(For information on how to donate, click here.)

“Baan Kamala School students are now studying at Kamala Bay Garden Resort, and will continue to do so until they can return to their own school. The resort is even providing them with food and drinks,” he said.

“As for Baan Kalim School, temporary buildings have already been set up to serve as classrooms, and the Chinese Taipei Association has notified us of its intention to donate five million baht,” he said, adding that some of the funding would go toward buying textbooks and providing accommodation and grants for victims of the tsunami.

On Children’s Day, January 7, Phuket Fantasea held a special activities day for students of Baan Kamala School and Baan Bangtao School.

The Gazette asked the students what they most wanted following the disaster, which many of them witnessed.

Prawit “Bird” Proksakul, an 11-year-old student at Baan Bangtao School, told the Gazette that after the waves hit, he found his efforts to place calls on public telephones fruitless.

“I want to have my own mobile phone so I can call all my friends more easily,” he said.

Supawadee Uttiya, 12, from Baan Kamala School, said that the only thing she wants is a new doll. She said she and her friends were already enjoying the coloring books and colored pencils than had been donated to the school.

Sutthima “Sofia” Kua-noon, 11, also of Baan Kamala School, told the Gazette that she wants her school, and everything else in the area, to go back to the way it was before the waves hit.

“My school was beautiful. There was a green football field, and sometimes my friends and I used to play chairball on the field,” she said.

Nattakarn “Marita” Somsa 11, from Baan Kamala School said that she wants her teacher back.

“One of my teachers, who taught science, died in the tsunami. She was a kind person,” she said sadly.

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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