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PHUKET: Lobbying by hoteliers has convinced the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) to reduce the amount of tax it will levy on hotel room revenues. The hotel tax is one of three local taxes the Thai Constitution allows the provincial OrBorJor to levy. The other two apply to fuel and tobacco, both of which were implemented in Phuket last year. Introduction of the hotel tax was postponed after an outcry from the industry. Dr Prasit Koysiripong, president of the Phuket OrBorJor, told the Gazette, “It has been agreed that the tax will be less than 1%, and will come into force in October this year. “I have had discussions with the Phuket Tourism Association, the Thai Hotel Association’s Southern Chapter, and representatives from most hotels and resorts in Phuket. “Most of them are aware of the tax and accept it. The OrBorJor now has to consult with the Phuket Provincial Revenue Office and the Tourism Authority of Thailand about the plan.” He said that income from the tax will be used to develop tourist attractions around the island. The final decision on the exact rate to be levied has not been made, but Pamuke Achariyachai, managing director of the Kata Group of hotels and resorts, and president of the Phuket Tourism Association (PTA), believes that it will be either 0.5% or 0.8%. “On behalf of the PTA, I sent a letter to the Or Bor Jor, asking it to reconsider its initial plan to set the rate at slightly below 2%. “Attached to my letter were questionnaires that I had sent to more than 100 hotels in Phuket. These showed that while most agreed to pay the tax, they felt it should start at 0.5%, then go up to 0.8% next year, thereafter increasing in small steps.”



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Fourteen kilograms of marijuana seized in pre-Songkran drug crackdowns

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Phuket police have sized a total of 14 kilograms of marijuana in three separate cases, including intercepting parcel post yesterday. It’s all part of the annual pre-Songkran drugs crackdown.

Phuket Provincial Police have seized a parcel box sent via Thai Post in Rawai where they found 12 kilograms of marijuana. Police are now tracking down the sender.

In the second case police have arrested 46 years old Kamon ‘Noom’ Teeratrakunchai in Wichit. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana inside a Kerry Express parcel box. The suspect has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

And in the third case Patong police arrested a suspect near a market on Bangla Road in Patong. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana during that arrest. That suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

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Emergency crews participate in fire drill at Phuket airport

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PHOTOS: The Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport emergency crews battled fake fires near the main runway today.

Firefighters and rescue workers were deployed on the tarmac as part of regular drills aimed at improving response times and emergency response efficiency. This was the first such drill at the airport this year.

Observing officials reported that the emergency crews were timely and effective in their response during the exercise. The drills follow a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are carried out periodically to check on preparedness for various emergencies.

No flights were reportedly affected by the drill.

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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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