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‘New’ motorcycle helmet law for Phuket

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PHUKET: Authorities in Phuket say they are about to bring to a halt the dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet after the region’s Police queued up new motorcycle safety laws set to come into force later this year.

From July 1st this year, police say, any motorcyclist or passenger caught riding without a helmet will be fined.

According to the UK-based ‘motorcycle community’ website visordown.com, the decision was taken to make helmet use compulsory in a bid to reduce the number of riders killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads.

It was not immediately clear why the compulsory wearing of a helmet is considered a “new” law, as the helmet law was introduced in Phuket in 1996. What could be “new”, however, would be any enforcement of that law, which has been widely scoffed at over the past 14 years.

Phuket scores AFC cup match

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Muang Thong’s Thunderdome Stadium lost out to Phuket’s Surakul Stadium on Tuesday as it was deemed too dangerous to stage the AFC Cup group G decider game between Muang Thong United and South China of Hong Kong in Bangkok, due to the political unrest, even though the Thunderdome is situated in Nonthaburi, many miles from the Bangkok protests.

Rene Desaeyere, manager of Muang Thong United, has not happy about the move since it nullified their home advantage. “It is unbelievable that politics comes into sport like this and we can’t play at Muang Thong,” he fumed.

Thai Premier League champions Muang Thong United went on to lose the match1-0 last night.

Charity golfing in Phuket

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The 11th annual Child-Watch Charity Golf Tournament organised by the British Business Association Phuket (BBAP) will be held at Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket on 24 April.

HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer Olivier Dombey said the company was delighted to sponsor the 11th annual Child-Watch Charity Golf Tournament.

“It truly is a worthy cause because it targets and assists the Thai children in Phuket who are most at risk because their parents are either unwilling or unable to care for them,” he said.

The Phuket Gazette newspaper and PGTV are media sponsors for the event.

Child-Watch Phuket provides full-time care for more than 70 underprivileged school kids who have been abused, and maintains a day care facility for children whose parents are incarcerated.

Phuket ‘The Place’ for holiday villas

Bangkok Post
The Wealth Report 2010 “Attitudes Survey”, which was jointly prepared by real estate consultancy Knight Frank and wealth management firm Citi Private Bank, says that Phuket is the place international investors go for top-end holiday villas, while Bangkok remains the only city in Thailand to have a developed urban luxury market.

The survey says the average cost of a luxury villa in Phuket is now about 108 million baht, while the average price of a premium Bangkok condominium currently stands at 176,000 baht per square metre.

Prime property price trends in the Asia-Pacific countries have changed significantly since the economic crisis, the report says, from a 40% contraction in Cambodia to 5% growth in Thailand, and a 20% increase in Singapore and China.

GTC prevails in Phuket Cricket

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Gauhati Town Club (GTC) defeated former champion The Corner Tigers of Pakistan in the final of the 7th Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament at Karon Stadium in Phuket.

Hirakjyoti Das of Gauhati Town Club was adjusted Player of the Tournament, while Haroon of Corner Tiger received the Man of the Final Award.

There were 24 teams from Australia, the U.S, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Thailand (Bangkok) in the tournament, which also saw two teams from India, apart from the GTC.

— Gazette Editors

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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