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Laguna Phuket promo: 100,000 room nights free!

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CHERNG TALAY, PHUKET: Laguna Phuket is giving away 100,000 complimentary room nights at its six resort hotels for guests who book online in March.

The “100,000 Smiles in Laguna Phuket” promotion is being run in co-operation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which will help to market the initiative.

TAT Governor Phornsiri Manoharn and Laguna Phuket Managing Director Michael Ayling announced details of the giveaway at a press conference at TAT headquarters in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The promotion represents a fightback for Laguna Phuket in the face of a tougher economic climate, coupled with a staff protest that caused widespread disruption to resort operations earlier this month.

Between February 6 and 9, a small but noisy number of employees and other activists, angry over reduced bonuses and frozen salaries, blockaded access routes to the complex, preventing holidaymakers from getting in and out.

TAT governor Ms Phornsiri Manoharn said, “In these challenging times everyone in Thailand’s tourism industry must work hard together and help each other to restore our declining tourism numbers. We really hope that this promotion brings 100,000 smiling faces to visit Thailand.”

From March 1 to 31, customers booking at the Banyan Tree Phuket, Sheraton Grande Laguna, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Laguna Phuket Holiday Residences or Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort for stays from March 15 to December 15 will receive one complimentary night’s stay on a consecutive night.

A minimum of two paid nights are required for bookings at the Sheraton Grande Laguna during April, July, August, October, November and December.

The Allamanda Laguna Phuket resort is not participating in the promotion.

The initiative, which coincides with the launch of a redesigned Laguna Phuket website, aims to help drive traffic to the new site as well as generate bookings for the upcoming low season.

Members of the public can visit www.lagunaphuket.com/100,000-smiles and www.tourismthailand.org/thailandsuperdeal to take advantage of the offer.



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Democrats toppled in Phuket

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PHOTO: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned the leadership position last night amid dismal polls around the country

The Democrat Party in Phuket, once a reliable strong-hold of Democrat votes, has yielded its customary monopoly, ceding two House seats to the junta-aligned Phalang Pracharat Party.

The unofficial tally, as of late last night, gave Phalang Pracharat’s Sutha Prateep na Thalang the victory in Constituency 1 with 32,338 votes.

He beat Democrat Rewat Areerob, who got 25,198 votes.

The voter turnout was 70.80 per cent.

In Constituency 2, Natthee Thinsakhu of Phalang Pracharat beat Democrat Chaiyos Panyawai, 26,787 votes to 23,492.

Voter turnout was 72.57 per cent.

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket

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PHOTOS: Surachete Hakparn

A Guyanese man has been arrested in Phuket after the owner of a local language school reported a money scammer with an unusual scam.

The Immigration Bureau Chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn reports that they have arrested the Guyanese man named Abdul Kalam Azad Sattaur at a mansion in Phuket Town last Friday.

The arrest follows a Thai woman, the owner of a language school in Phuket, filing a report to the Thalang Police that a suspect used a fake Facebook and LINE account and claimed that he was an American man who had worked in Syria.

He told the woman that he will send a security box which contained blank papers and a special liquid that would turn the blank paper into bank notes when she added the special liquid.

He claimed that the total money was 650,000 US dollar, about 20 million baht.

He said that the woman had to pay him an amount before he would send the security box. The victim had transferred money to the man’s bank account 10 times, a total of about 9 million baht.

Beware of magic bank notes!

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket

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PHOTO: Siam Rath/Thai Immigration

A male Russian ‘mafia’ identity has been arrested in Chalong, wanted over a number of alleged offenses in his home country.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn says, “Officers have arrested a Russian man named Igor Tretiakov (spelt as ‘Ior’ on the Immigration poster), at an apartment in Chalong last Friday.”

“We were notified from the Russian Embassy about the man wanted over a number of ‘mafia’ style offenses in Russian. He was living in Thailand using a tourist visa.”

“He has threatened and extorted many people in Russian and then fled to Thailand. His visa will be revoked and he will be deported back to Russia to face charges.”

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