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New Phuket Governor to focus on tourism development

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PHUKET: Tri Augkaradacha, who today officially became Phuket’s 43rd governor, has announced tourism development as his top-priority in office.

Having served as a vice-governor of Phuket since December 2006, Governor Tri is well aware of the many complex issues facing the island.

The 58-year-old is a bachelor’s degree graduate in political science from Chiang Mai. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Kentucky State University in the US and is fluent in English.

According to a media release from the Phuket Provincial Office, Gov Tri will continue to push unfinished infrastructure projects and focus his energies on developing a sustainable tourism industry.

I will surely continue infrastructure projects including Klong Koh Phee Road, a light-rail project, the Phuket Airport expansion and making the Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Center a reality. All of these projects will help support Phuket tourism, which generates hundreds of billions of baht in income for the country annually,” he said.

For this reason I count tourism development as my first priority. I will push to create a sustainable tourism industry, with good community involvement. I would also like to promote Phuket’s culture and natural beauty as a way of attracting visitors.
“In order for my wish to become reality, I must urge Phuket residents not to take advantage of tourists. If their spending while on holiday here is reasonable, they will return regularly, which would mean more income for tourism business operators in the long run,” he said.

Although he officially starts today, Gov Tri has had to spend the day decorating and arranging his new home: the Phuket Governor’s Mansion.

At 8:30am on Monday he will set to work after the traditional ceremony of paying respects to King Rama 5 at the statue in front of Phuket Provincial Hall.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan



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Motorcyclist crushed by truck in Thalang

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PHOTO: Kusoldharm Foundation

A motorbike passenger has died following an incident with a truck in Thalang this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident on Thepkasattri Road southbound in Mueang Mai, Thalang.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of a woman, identified by police as Boonnam Thepnui from Pattalung.  Her body was taken to the Thalang Hospital.

A motorbike on the road and a truck waiting were found at the scene.

Thalang Police report that the truck, whose driver was Nikorn Pakpoe from Surat Thani, was heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. The motorbike, whose driver was Kamron Tampueak from Krabi with Ms Boonnam, were heading from the same way. Kamron sustained only minor injuries in the incident.

The truck slightly tapped the motorbike and the motorbike fell down on the road. Ms Boonnam was crushed under the truck and died at the scene.

Police are further investigating the incident.

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Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up

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PHOTOS: The Phuket PR Office

A beach in Ao Makham is almost back to normal following a big cleanup was launched to clear a black oil spill that had polluted 300 metres of shoreline yesterday.

The oil spill was located along a beach at Ao Makham in Wichit over the weekend. It is believed to be from a big ship.

Read more about the discovery and clean-up HERE.

Navy officers along with hotel staff in the area were helping to clean the beach and remove oil-stained sand.  Beachgoers and tourists were still enjoying the beach during the clean-up operations, despite a strong smell coming from the oil.

The Phuket PR Office is reporting that the Phuket Marine Office has already filed a report to police in order to identify suspects who may have released the oil. They say they will face full legal action when identified as this oil affects the marine environment and tourism.

More efforts on fishing and tour boats management are also being considered in order to prevent any waste or oil releasing into the sea.

Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up | News by The Thaiger

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240 million baht in assets seized in Patong and Chiang Mai counterfeit raids

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Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn is continuing his counterfeit goods crackdown in Patong and Chiang Mai where 240 million baht of assets have been seized over the past month.

At a media scrum held at the Police Region 8 headquarter in Mai Khao yesterday Surachate said, “We have raided four targeted areas in Patong and four targeted areas at the Chiang Mai night Bazar in our counterfeit goods crackdowns. More than 240 million baht of assets such as houses, land and cars have been seized.”

The crackdown follows an investigation that found that many counterfeit goods are being sold online. Patong and Chiang Mai Night Bazar are also favorite places for tourists where fake brand-name items are popular.

“Officers have raided shops near Patong Beach on December 14. Officers seized counterfeit goods and arrested suspects yesterday as well.”

Read more the recent counterfeit sting in Patong HERE.

“Two wanted suspects have now been arrested. 240 million baht of assets have been seized from the raids.”

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