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Nation takes stake in Phuket Gazette, joins board of directors

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PHUKET: Pana Janviroj and Prasert Lekavanichkajorn have joined the board of directors of The Phuket Gazette Co Ltd following the acquisition of a 19.7% interest in the local newspaper by the Nation Multimedia Group Pcl (NMG). Khun Pana is editor of ‘The Nation’ and Khun Prasert is the paper’s chief operating officer. With a Master’s Degree in economics from Tuft’s University, Massachusetts, USA, Khun Pana, 43, joined ‘The Nation’ in 1984. He became the paper’s editor in 1996 and was elected to the NMG main board in 1999. Khun Prasert, 50, holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Education degrees from Portland State University, Oregon, USA. He joined ‘The Nation’ in 1996. The ‘Gazette’ shares purchased by NMG were newly issued, and NMG holds rights on additional shares in the company whether offered by existing stockholders or the product of a primary issue. Proceeds of last month’s share issue will be applied to expansion of the Gazette’s operations, particularly the move to weekly publication, which will start on May 4. ‘The Nation’ and the ‘Phuket Gazette’ signed a wide-ranging editorial cooperation agreement in December of last year, and last month entered into an agency agreement for the sale of classified advertising. Under that agreement, NMG markets ‘Gazette’ classifieds, and advertisers in the ‘Gazette’ receive discounts of up to 50% in any of NMG’s publications, including, among others, ‘The Nation’ and the new ‘Sky Train Classifieds’. Founded in 1971, ‘The Nation’, with a circulation of 58,000, is now the leading English-language daily in Thailand. It is at the core of the Nation Multimedia Group, which also publishes the Thai-language business daily ‘Krungthep Turakij’ and the mass-circulation (700,000 copies a day) general-interest newspaper ‘Kom Chad Luek’. NMG also operates radio stations; a TV firm providing content for several channels; Thailand’s first 24-hour news channel, the “Nation Channel”; and NationMultimedia.com and Thailand.com.



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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