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‘Normal’ Songkran expected for Phuket

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‘Normal’ Songkran expected for Phuket | Thaiger
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PHUKET: Songkran celebrations in Phuket as well as 13 other Thai provinces are scheduled to take place as planned, despite the current state of emergency and cancellation of official celebrations in Bangkok.

Asia One News reports that China has cancelled 100 charter flights to Bangkok during the national Songkran holidays following the declaration of a state of emergency in the capital on Wednesday evening, the Thai-Chinese Tourism Promotion Association said.

The flights would have brought more than 15,000 Chinese to Thailand.

Association president Wichit Prakobkosol said Thailand would lose 600 million baht as a result. He predicted that the previously expected number of tourists from other markets would also drop during this week-long holiday period. 

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumband Paribatra announced on Thursday that official Songkran celebrations were planned for Silom Road tomorrow, but those have now been cancelled.

Although the official public holidays of Songkran this year are April 13-15, many businesses in Phuket will either operate on skeleton staffs or shut down completely for the whole week, with major segments of the island’s labor force returning home to the North or Northeast of Thailand for traditional family visits. 

New tourism model for Phuket

Manila Bulletin
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wants to deviate from traditional mass tourism and adapt Phuket and the rest of Thailand to the evolving lifestyles and interests of travelers.

The Manila Bulletin reports that the TAT now aims to enable travelers to experience something different; seek places off the beaten track, connect to the environment and encounter something authentic. The term ‘experiential tourism’ applies here. This form of tourism shows and involves rather than describes.

Today, destination-based tourism has been outgrown by activity-based tourism. The activities involved have now become the selling point rather than location. It is the TAT’s belief that this new model will probably thrive in Phuket and other areas of Thailand where a wide range of activities are on offer.

Phuket regatta takes the prize

Sail-world.com
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Asia’s largest keel boat regatta, has been named ‘Asian Regatta Of The Year’ at the inaugural Asia Marine & Boating Awards in Shanghai, China.

“The standard of nominated entries to the Asian Marine & Boating Awards was exceptionally high and all winners should be justly proud of their success,” said Alistair Skinner, who helped establish new awards on behalf of the China International Boat Show (CIBS) organizers.

“The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta continues to innovate and lead the way in regional sailing regattas,” he said.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, now in its 24th year, continues to expand its participant-base. More than 2,000 people from 33 nations took part in the 2009 event.

Hosted by the Kata Beach Resort, the Phuket Gazette, PGTV, and The Nation newspaper sponsor the annual event. 

Asean meeting consolidates ties

Asia News
ASEAN finance ministers have agreed that the Southeast Asian region will grow 4.9 to 5.6 per cent this year, from 1.5 per cent last year.

This prediction was reached earlier this week at the 14th annual meeting of ASEAN Finance Ministers in Vietnam.
The ministers agreed that ASEAN had emerged in good shape despite the unprecedented crisis in the global economy, reflecting the region’s continued dynamism.

The ministers expressed their determination to work together to enhance the competitiveness and depth of ASEAN financial markets. They committed to financial integration under the AEC Blueprint.

In order to enhance the region’s competitiveness in the global arena, work was underway to create brand recognition for ASEAN, build mutual and global trust in ASEAN standards, and facilitate inflows and access into other markets.

— Gazette Editors

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

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