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Organizers undaunted as floods cost Phuket FIVB beach volleyball 15 teams

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Organizers undaunted as floods cost Phuket FIVB beach volleyball 15 teams | The Thaiger

PHUKET: A lack of clarity in understanding which parts of Bangkok were flooded and how travelers could transfer to flights heading to Phuket has resulted in 15 teams pulling out of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour, which starts on Karon Beach tomorrow.

However, tournament director Geoffrey Rowe of Pentangle Promotions today pointed out that the teams who have canceled were eligible for the qualifying rounds only.

The cancellations have had no effect on the top 32 teams competing in the world-class event, he said.

“The problem is that people overseas do not understand that Bangkok has two airports. When the news went out that Don Mueang Airport was closed, people sent emails to me asking how could they get to Phuket if the Bangkok airport was closed,” he told the Phuket Gazette.

“While we could convince some teams to come to Phuket, other teams pulled out of the tournament because they were concerned. Reports on the TV, such as those shown on the BBC or CNN, showed pictures of Thailand and they [the teams] were very worried.

“They saw pictures of buses where water was up to the top of the bus,” he said.

Regardless, the top 32 teams confirmed to compete in the main draw remain unaffected.

“Although we lost some teams, it doesn’t make a lot of difference to the tournament because the main draw has only 32 teams, so it just means there are less teams in the qualifying rounds

“We started with about 70 teams – about 15 teams pulled out – but all those teams would have had to play in the qualifiers – so now all that means is that we have only one day of qualifying matches,” he added.

Qualifying will start tomorrow with first country quota playoffs beginning at 2pm.

Among the 55 teams from 27 countries are the current world number one ranked team, Julie Silva and Larissa Franca from Brazil, who are determined to make the Phuket tournament their 7th tour title this year.

April Ross and Jen Kessy (ranked 5 in the world) from the US will look to prevent that record and set their own by winning the Phuket event for a third time.

Having lost last year’s final, Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti (ranked 7 in the world) are sure to seek vengeance and an Italian victory.

Winners of the 2006 event, Xue Chen and Zhang Xi (ranked 3 in the world) from China will certainly have their eyes set on the top podium place.

All of which makes for six days ahead of highly competitive , world class beach volleyball.

Don’t miss this exciting event and these supreme athletes in action. Get down to Karon Beach for the Phuket Thailand Open staring on Tuesday and running through to the finals on Sunday.

The Phuket Gazette sponsors the Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT, part of the Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour.

Check the Gazette online for daily updates on results and tournament events.

— Chutharat Plerin



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Bus crash on Patong Hill takes out 12 other vehicles, passengers in bus shaken

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PHOTOS: Phuket Traffic Report VIDEO: Provided by Newshawk Phuket

The tour bus accident on Patong yesterday afternoon, the third such incident in the same spot within 24 hours, has caused three injuries and with vehicles damaged as the bus careered down the hill, out of control. There were 10 tourists on the bus who were shaken by the incident but unharmed.

The Patong Police heard about the incident, adjacent to the Suwankeereewong Temple (Wat Patong) on Phra Baramee Road, the bottom of Patong Hill, just after 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived to find damaged vehicles including a tour bus, passenger vans, trucks, cars and pickups – a total of 12 vehicles.

The three injuries were a van driver and two motorbike drivers. They were taken to Patong and Vachira Phuket Hospitals.

The 27 year old bus driver Pantarit Kaewprawat told police that he was driving down the hill when other vehicles in front of him were braking suddenly. So he tried to avoid the collision with others vehicles in front of him by veering right into oncoming traffic.

Police are continuing their investigation and inspecting local CCTV footage and available dash cam footage (like the one below). In the footage, the bus is traveling, at speed, in the on-coming traffic lane, seemingly unable to stop.

PHUKET – VIDEOAnother angle of yesterday afternoon's collision at the bottom of Patong Hill showing the bus clearly had no brakes, or the driver was unable to use them.VIDEO: Aekkarin Piromrid / Sugusoil Oil / Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

VIDEO – Patong Hill accident adjacent to the temple at the bottom of Phra Baramee Road.VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

Posted by The Thaiger Radio on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

 

 

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Chalong Police tracking down a foreigner caught on camera carrying a sea star

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Chalong Police are trying to track down a foreign man caught on camera carrying a sea star along Chalong Pier.

Chalong Police are checking CCTV footage at the Chalong Pier to find the foreign man who was caught on camera carrying sea stars in a plastic bag along the pier on Tuesday.

Read more about the story HERE.

Khanchit Klingklip, who posted the story on his Facebook and a member of Healthy Reef Club, met with Chalong Police yesterday to give more information about the incident.

Chalong Police say they have to find the tourist in order to identify where he found the sea star as each area has different law enforcement. However the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office hasn’t filed a report to police as yet.

Khun Khanchit says, “We asked the tourist for the sea star so we could return it to the sea on the same day.”

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Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

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PHOTO: Thailand Tourism Forum 2019

One of the key points made at the recently concluded Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 in Bangkok, was the country’s over reliance on mass tourism.

Jesper Palmqvist of STR presented full year hotel data for Phuket which showed signs of recovery, yet highlighting the full impact of the drop in Chinese business after the July boat tragedy.

Citing the number’s co-organiser of the event C9 Hotelworks Bill Barnett expressed concern that while airlift numbers remain positive, the massive impact of unlicensed accommodation on the Thai hotel sector was adding to the supply demand equation.

Bill said, “While many hotel owners are asking where have all the tourist arrivals gone, in many cases the answer is they are staying  in a condo or villa that does not have to comply with the same regulations that hotels are required to and this grey sector is adding to this year’s tourism challenges.”

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