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Hotels continue to batter OrBorJor

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PHUKET: With just three days to go before the new provincial hotel tax comes into force, hoteliers have continued to assail the Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) with criticism and threats of lawsuits and even industrial action. During a meeting at the Patong Resort yesterday, with mostly middle-level employees from 140 Patong hotels, the hotels argued that the way the Phuket OrBorJor is applying the tax conflicts with regulations issued by the Ministry of Interior. “In the original regulation issued by the Ministry of Interior, it mentions nothing about the hotels being liable if they fail to collect the tax. It only mentions the penalty for tourists who fail to pay the tax,” a leading member of the Phuket Tourism Association (PTA), who asked not to be named, told the Gazette. He added that if the OrBorJor starts collecting the tax from Sunday without first changing its penalties and the tax rates charged, then the PTA will have to bring legal action against the OrBorJor. The OrBorJor, he argued, should levy a flat rate per hotel guest, regardless of the size of the hotel. During the meeting, one manager of a four-star resort in Patong threatened that if the OrBorJor continues in its efforts to collect the tax, the resort will encourage its staff to stage demonstrations. Hanchai Chantarachota, chairman of the OrBorJor Tourism Committee, said, “We do not want any such protest because it could create a bad image for both Phuket and the country. The OrBorJor does not want any violence,” he added. Hotel representatives countered that it was not demonstrations, but the tax that would damage the image of Phuket, to which K. Hanchai retorted that this wasn’t a worry as the OrBorJor would use the money to develop tourism, thereby improving the image of Phuket. “Moreover,” he said, “0.5% is not too much for tourists – it’s only 50 satang for each 100 baht paid.” K. Hanchai said the OrBorJor expects that only about 100 hotels will pay the hotel tax with effect from Sunday. This figure, he said, would include hotels of every level. After October 1, the OrBorJor will continue its efforts to explain the tax to hotels that may still have questions, as well as contacting any that have not yet registered. Apart from the hotel industry, the OrBorJor’s tax seems to have wide support among tourism-related businesses. One travel agent who has operated in Phuket for almost 20 years told the Gazette, “They [the hotels] should pay if the money will benefit Phuket’s tourism, its people and the community. “Travel agents in Phuket are facing a problem too – the increase in national park entry fees,” he added. “I have to contact about 200 to 300 agents around the world to inform them of this possible additional cost.” A manager of a leading jewelry and souvenir shop in Phuket also said he supports the tax. He said, “If one day, such a tax were imposed on our business, I am positive that we wouldn’t mind paying, if we could be assured that the revenue would be used to improve the island’s standard of living and to attract more tourists to Phuket.”

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The 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle fun run attracts more than 4,000 runners

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4,000 runners from Thailand and overseas took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 yesterday, starting from the Phuket Gateway.

The event is expected to raise 700,000 baht for the charity, now in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment, and ecosystems, for the wellbeing of sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The annual race also provides funds for thePhuket Marine Biological Centre’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third NavalArea Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the race. The morning’s racing was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini- marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP participants for all the races. The route of 21.1 kilometre race took runners northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thepkasattri bridge, past the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway.

For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with the signature of Phuket’s Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon was Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Winners also received a prize gift voucher as well as a medal. Congratulations to all participants.

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‘Phang Nga Bay and Beyond’ exhibition by Marilyn Band at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen in November

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The Art exhibition “Phang Nga Bay and Beyond” by Marilyn Band is being held at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen, Chalong, Kata Hill, Phuket from November 30, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The opening will take place on Saturday November 30, 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Artist’s Statement

“For the current exhibition, I am presenting recent work, a more abstract expression of Phang Nga Bay’s beauty, which intends to encourage the viewer the opportunity to interpret and appreciate a little bit of paradise. I am quite excited about these more abstract works as it has allowed me to explore the essence of these limestone monuments in the bay.

“I find the natural world a beautiful, magical place. My paintings are inspired by many sea voyages. Though based on reality I try to introduce my own feelings and vision which will delight others.”

Biography

Marilyn Band has been creating art since childhood, influenced by a family who surrounded her with paintings and the creations of several generations of her ancestors who were famous stained glass artists. She went to Florence, Italy for life drawing and then went on to study graphics at High Wycombe Technical College in Buckinghamshire, England and started her career as a graphic designer in a variety of advertising agencies in London.

On Holiday in the Seychelles, she met her future husband, Nick Band, and they have been sailing around the Indian Ocean and SE Asia for more than forty years allowing Marilyn the chance to draw and paint the now disappearing tropical cultures from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka to Phuket, and beyond.

She arrived in Phuket in 1980 and immediately built a studio that has been the center of her art projects. Between sea voyages and other travels, Marilyn has become one of Phuket’s most significant artists with one person exhibitions at Mom Tri’s Boathouse and Villa Royale Galleries.

She has also designed and developed the graphics for the island’s world famous Phuket King’s Cup Regatta media.

She continues to explore new avenues of self- expression in acrylic, oil, watercolour, ink, collage and silkscreen.

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Thalang Police arrest local Phuket drug dealer with amphetamine pills

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Thalang Police have arrested a local drug dealer with more than 192 amphetamine pills. Thalang police in Phuket arrested 29 year old Wimon Songkong from Nakhon Si Thammarat with 192 amphetamine pills that he was carrying when they nabbed him in front of a 7-Eleven store inside a PTT gas station on Thepkasattri Road, in Thalang District.

The amphetamine pills were packed in a black zip-lock plastic bag, which was hidden in his grey shoulder bag. Two of the pills were green and 190 of them were orange, while each pill had the letters ‘wy’ printed on them.

Wimon was charged for possessing and trading illicit drugs and was sent to Thalang police station for further investigation and processing.

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