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PHUKET: Opodo Travel News announced yesterday that Air Berlin will add an extra weekly flight into Phuket toward the end of this year. A new Airbus A330-200 aircraft will be stationed at Berlin-Tegel airport to fly the sector.

The airline currently has a flight leaving Berlin every Monday afternoon, arriving into Phuket Tuesday mornings.

Joachim Hunold, Air Berlin’s chief executive officer, says the additional long-haul service to Phuket “reflects [our] desire to make the most of this market opportunity and will strengthen the airline’s position in Berlin for years to come.”

And the Bangkok Post reports that Mohan Air has organised new charter flights between Teheran and Phuket for Iran’s New Year festival in March, with three flights carrying 1,300 visitors to the resort island as Phuket’s high season wanes into low.

The airline is also said to be planning more direct flights to Phuket “later”, while Iran is scheduling an increase in the number of its weekly flights to Bangkok to three from the current two.

Phuket won’t see Travel Mart

TTR Weekly
The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT’s) contingency plan for Thailand Travel Mart, if the red-shirt protests in Bangkok were not to cease, now calls for postponement rather than a change of venue.

When asked what they would do if the red-shirt protests continue well into May and travel advisories continue to curtail travel to Thailand, TAT officials now say they would not consider switching the event to Phuket.

The event is scheduled for 2-4 June at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi, just 30 km north of Bangkok.

The latest report indicates a 12% decline in seller participation this year.

Phuket airport lonely

TTR  Weekly
Phuket and Chiang Mai airports have both reported declines in traffic during April, blamed mainly on the red shirt protests and a subsequent increase in travel advisories.

Phuket Airport Manager Prathuang Sornkhom reported a strong early to mid-April pattern in airport traffic, but by the end of the month the destination was feeling the impact of negative travel advisories.

“Traffic over the next few months will not be so good. Chinese carriers have already suspended their operations to Phuket due to the travel advisories,” he said.

However, some Chinese charters continued to operate to Samui last week, skipping Bangkok and Pattaya, which apparently contradicted reports of a total ban on travel from China.

Thai tourism to rebound

Bangkok Post
Tourism operators expect an influx of foreign visitors into Thailand in the second half of the year as political protests end while the world economy rebounds.

A-One Hotel is among 90 Thai operators who have joined the Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai this week. They say no customers have asked about the political situation in Thailand.

Meanwhile, Chumpol Silpa-archa, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, says the ministry is maintaining its target of 15.5 million foreign visitors this year.

The government has extended measures to help the industry until March 2011, including the exemption of visa fees, an offer of insurance and 1.6 billion baht in stimulus funds.

Yellow shirts angry at PM

New Straits Times
Thailand’s pro-establishment “Yellow Shirts” yesterday called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to stand down, criticising his reconciliation roadmap which envisages fresh elections in November.

The Yellows, who had previously backed Abhisit’s embattled administration, accused the premier of bowing to the demands of the rival Red Shirts who have mounted weeks of crippling street protests to push for snap polls.

They also accused Abhisit of conducting secret negotiations with representatives of the Reds’ hero – fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a 2006 coup.

“We demand that the prime minister reconsider and cancel the election date, and for the prime minister to step down and make way for another person,” said Yellow spokesman Suriyasai Katasila.

Big on Coal

Bloomberg
Thailand’s biggest coal producer, Banpu Pcl, has bought a 14.9 percent stake in Australia’s Centennial Coal Ltd, gaining exposure to mines in the world’s biggest exporter of the fuel.

The investment makes Banpu the biggest shareholder in a producer with 10 mines in Australia and power station customers in Japan and Europe.

Banpu is seeking to acquire coal mines in Australia and South Africa to increase coal reserves, which totaled 606 million tons at Dec. 31, 2009.

It plans to spend $466 million in the next six years to expand its mines in Indonesia and China, and to build a power plant in Laos.

Central Bank Bullish

Bangkok Post
The Thai economy is recovering on the back of an expansion in the export sector and improvement in investment, consumption and employment, Tarisa Wattanagase, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BoT), said yesterday at the “10th Money Expo” in Bangkok.

The event, with over 200 financial institutions taking part, will continue until Sunday.
Mrs Tarisa said the country’s economic foundations are still strong, even with the negative impact of political uncertainty.

She also believed the ongoing financial crisis in Greece would have a minimal impact on the Thai economy.

The BoT governor hoped the Money Expo, which attracted 130 billion baht’s worth of transactions last year, would help boost the economy.

— Gazette Editors

 

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12 Covid-19 violators busted drinking on Patong Beach

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PHOTO: A group drinking on the beach was arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions. (via Freepik)

12 violators of Covid-19 restrictions, of Thai and foreign origin, have been arrested and taken into custody by police for gathering and drinking in public on Patong Beach. The Covid-19 measures currently in place in Phuket ban all get-togethers involving alcohol, limiting the number that can drink together to just 2 people. The group were arrested for violating this order and for drinking in public.

According to the police the group had 3 foreign men in it along with 5 Thai women and 3 Thai ladyboys, so for those keen at maths the details of the 12th person were not revealed. The Covid-19 rule violators were arrested Friday night in Patong on the walkway along the beach on Thaweewong Road, the popular beachfront road.

Police noted the specifics of their liquor stash, confirming that the group had 2 bottles and 8 cans of Thai beer, 2 imported beers, 4 wine coolers, 4 soda waters, and 2 bottles of Thai liquor. The stash was confiscated by the police.

The perpetrators were brought to Phuket town to the Phuket City Police Station. There they were met by the Phuket Vice governors and medical personnel from Vachira Phuket Hospital. The medics administered swab sample Covid-19 test to each member of the group of restriction violators.

The Vice Governor reminded people that these restrictions were put in place after more than 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a small group of people drinking together. That is why the regulations allow just two people together when alcohol is involved. He stressed that police and government officials have been instructed to crack down on violators to try to quickly curb the spread of Covid-19 for a chance at reopening to international tourism July 1st.

Officials asked the public to work together to attempt to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in Phuket and instructed anybody who sees violators of the Covid-19 restrictions to contact the police immediately. Sentence and fine details were not yet available for the group of 12.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 mask violators in Phuket forced to exercise

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PHOTO: Pushups instead of a 6,000 baht fine at a Phuket checkpoint yesterday. (via video screenshot)

For those who have more pounds on their body than pounds in their pocket, exercise punishment seen in Phuket yesterday for mask violators may or may not be welcome. Officials have walked back the strict 6,000 baht punishment for the first warning against someone not wearing a mask and were spotted forcing those who have gone out without a mask to do exercise on the street.

The people forced to exercise were at a Covid-19 checkpoint in the Rawai subdistrict, where the Chalong Police along with local medical workers were checking people yesterday. The checkpoint was set up in an effort to push one hundred per cent mask compliance to stop the spread of Covid-19 on Phuket.

Not only were they checking everyone who passed by to make sure they had their masks, but also to correct those who were wearing their masks improperly. We’ve all seen the people who seem to think that a mask on their chin or underneath their nose is somehow just as effective as a properly worn mask, or at least that they can get away with “wearing a mask” while limiting their personal inconvenience.

Officials were quick to point out that the overwhelming majority of people passing through the checkpoint, both foreigners and Thai, did have their masks with them and were wearing them properly. But they did catch more than 10 people not wearing their face mask or not using them correctly.

Authorities decided to let them off with a first soft warning by moving bodies instead of moving baht. Police made violators do exercise right there on the street in hopes of shaming them into making better decisions next time. All violators did have their names and details taken down with a promise that if they were caught again proper traditional fines would be handed down.

No word yet on any plans to make this punishment into a Tik-Tok Channel.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Thai public health and tourism ministers on Phuket to push the July 1 Sandbox reopening

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Bangkok has sent a couple of ministerial heavyweights to Phuket today to keep pushing the July 1 ‘Sandbox’ bandwagon, insisting that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated tourists from July 1.

The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ,along with the Sports and Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, are doing the island PR tour today delivering a message from the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha who is confirming that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international tourists from the start of July.

Phuket has continued to rack up between 10-20 new Covid infections each day over the past week and still has hundreds of people listed as ‘active cases’. As of today 22% of the island has been vaccinated.

The original Phuket Sandbox model was intended to be quarantine-free. That issue was not made clear during today’s PR trip from the 2 ministers. The full details of how Phuket will open to international tourists, how those tourists might get to Phuket, or where they will visit on an island with its tourist infrastructure shutdown, have not been provided at this stage. It has also not been discussed how long the international tourists will have to remain on Phuket before travelling to other parts of the country.

The Phuket Governor welcomed the prime ministerial delegation to Provincial Hall at lunchtime saying that Phuket would progress with its plans to launch the Phuket Sandbox from July 1.

β€œAll stakeholders who are frontline warriors working to solve the problem of the Covid epidemic situation have earned the goodwill and concern from Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also believes that Phuket is ready to prepare for the opening of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox on July 1 for sure.”

Phuket Province generated several hundreds of billions of baht of income for the country per year and Thailand relies heavily on tourism income. Indeed, second to Bangkok, Phuket was the government’s golden goose delivering decades of high tourism receipt returns.

Speaking to The Phuket News, Anutin said…

“The government is ready to act as soon as possible. This has been clearly proved, such as by the large number of vaccine doses that Phuket has been allocated to vaccinate the people in the area to cover all groups and be as safe as possible as the β€˜Phuket Model’.

β€œWhen the economy is good, everyone gets better, so use patience to believe that good things will follow”.

Another 100,000 Sinovac vaccines arrived on the island to be formerly handed over today by Minister Anutin. An additional 100,000 doses will arrive on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca vaccines are also due to arrive from June, daily reserved for people over 60 years old or people who have other health conditions which require the AZ vaccine instead of the Chinese manufactured Sinovac.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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