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Laguna Phuket Marathon to be still bigger and better next year

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PHUKET: Now in its ninth year, the Laguna Phuket International Marathon (LPIM) is going from strength to strength with numbers of participants expected to break 6,000 next year including runners from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

LPIM is the largest destination marathon in Southeast Asia and sees participants push themselves to the limit in order to raise money for charity. Following the tsunami disaster in 2004, organizers Go Adventure Asia set out to create an event that celebrated how the people, businesses, and landscape of Thailand had recovered and were moving forward.

With over 5,300 entrants this year, the number of runners for the 2014 event is expected to break 6,000 and increase further in the years to come, supporting the government’s initiative of making Phuket the sports tourism destination of Thailand.

LPIM 2014 continues to build on the charitable success of the past marathons with runners encouraged to raise money for charity. Past events have supported local charities including: Laguna’s “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre, which aims to encourage students to read books and improve reading skills, as well as to give them access to learning resources that are currently not available to them; and the ‘Developing Sustainable Schools’ Program focusing on Baan Jao Krua School, Klong Kien Sub-District, Phang Nga Province. Laguna Phuket collaborated with the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) on this project in order to ensure successful development of this school.

For the eighth consecutive year, the sponsorship experts, Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co Ltd, will be representing the LPIM. The company is credited with securing partnerships with a number of high profile sponsors for the event, including title sponsor Laguna Phuket, which sees the race begin and end at its magnificent resort, a holiday complex of deluxe hotels and villas spanning 1,000 acres of tropical parkland along an eight kilometer stretch of pristine beach.

With a number of branding, media, hospitality and experiential marketing opportunities, rights are available for just one presenting sponsor, up to six non-competing co-sponsors, up to ten official partners and up to ten media partners.

There are also ‘Island Partner’ opportunities available for local Phuket businesses. A package of comprehensive commercial sponsorship and partnership programs has been created by Paul Poole (South East Asia) for the Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2014. The packages suit differing needs and enable international and domestic companies the chance to integrate their marketing initiatives with a sports event that sees participants push themselves to the limit for a great cause.

The Phuket Gazette has been a proud sponsor of the LPIM since its inaugural event close to a decade ago.

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82 year old Frenchman killed in motorbike crash with ATV in Phuket

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PHOTO: A police officer examines the red ATV involved in a crash that killed an elderly Frenchman in Phuket

An elderly French man has died after an American woman lost control of her all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and crashed into his motorcycle in Chalong, southern Phuket. The woman was seriously injured. Police say the incident occurred on Soi Klum Yang in Chalong around 4pm on Thursday.

The crash involved a red ATV, and a black motorcycle ridden by the 82 year old Frenchman Robert Geoffray.

The woman, identified as 39 year old American Onome Alero Adeosun, suffered a broken right arm, leg and collarbone. Emergency workers found the elderly Frenchman lying unconscious on the road with serious head injuries. Medics performed CPR before sending both to Chalong Hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead.

His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy. The woman was transferred to Siriroj Hospital and is currently helping police with their investigation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Salty tap water and dirty air – Bangkok’s environmental woes continue today

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PHOTO: Government House officials are turning to salt-tolerant plants - khaosod.co.th

Brackish tap water, with increased salinity caused by seawater back-flowing into the Chao Phraya River, is threatening the gardens in and around the Government House compound. Government House officials are seeking assistance from the Agriculture Department.

Several small tree species – Lamduan, Chor Sumalee, Rachavadi, Nom Maew and Hom Muenlee – are more vulnerable to brackish tap water. The gardens are watered from a supply pumped in from the Chao Phraya.

It’s been noted tha the saline level was around 400 milligrams per litre, still within the 1,000 mg/litre standard, but some of the species were already intolerant to the rising salinity.

Officials are seeking advice from the Agriculture Department about long-term measures to replant with species which would be more tolerant to the rising salinity of the water – situation they acknowledge will need to be managed in the short to medium term.

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SCREENGRAB: Air Visual

Meanwhile, air around the capital today continues to be universally poor to very poor with readings as high as 187 near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Light airs, dust problems from northern-easter provinces and hot continental air flowing across the capital, continue to haunt Bangkok. Even with many factories closed today, and traffic lighter than weekdays, Bangkok’s air has been recorded as the ninth worst city in the world for air pollution.

Right across the city the air quality readings are into the ‘unhealthy’ zone.

Chiang Mai, Lampang and Central Thailand are fairing no better – all with readings at least 3 times the Thai upper safe limit of 50 microns of 2.5micron particulate per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation sets its limit even lower at 25.

Pattaya has air quality readings today of 162, whilst even Phuket, in the south, is registering readings between 100 and 145 with reduced visibility today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Three massive condo developments along Phuket’s up-market Layan Beach

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PHOTO: Northern end of Layan Beach - True-beachfront

by Bill Barnett – c9hotelworks.com

Two new condo developments are going ahead in the Layan Beach area of Phuket’s up-market west-coast beach strip. And there’s another one underway next to the Dream Beach Club at the northern end of the Layan beach strip. All in all, another 1,200+ keys added to the available rooms along the Bang Tao/Layan Beach area.

On the northern side of Bangtao Beach, next to Maan Tawan and nearby Banyan Tree Phuket is the upcoming Sunshine Beach development. With a plan for 771 hotel and residences units on 12.6 rai, the high-density project is targeting Mainland Chinese buyers with pricing points reportedly starting from 4 million baht. Construction is expected to start in June of this year and complete in 2022.

From our discussion with sales staff the developer has claimed they have reached an agreement with the government for beach fronting facilities in the National Park strip in front of the project.

While in Layan next to Lotus Gardens is the upcoming 400 unit Layan Green Park. Pricing points run from 2.5 million baht. Unit configurations will range from studio, to one, two and three bedrooms. Guaranteed returns of 10% for a period of 10 years are being promoted.

Phuket’s Layan area is seeing a surge in new real estate led projects and rising land values. At the same time as these two projects are underway, next to the Dream Beach is an oceanfront luxury project promoting sales of Grand Beach Villa and Ocean View Suites tagged as ‘N5’. The developer of the project is VIP Thailand who have another project in Rawai.

Based on our research the primary source market tragets of these three projects are mainland Chinese and Russian buyers. Local concerns in the Cherngtalay area over mounting traffic, water shortages and strain on municipal infrastructure are becoming issues.

Traffic in and around the central Cherngtalay shopping district is becoming increasingly clogged with little hope for respite other than improved traffic management.

SOURCE: C9Hotelworks.com

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