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PHUKET: The third SEA Property International Phuket Multihull Championship will take place July 16-18 in the Chalong Bay area. This increasingly popular event is expected to attract over 20 entries this year and is a perfect feeder for the Six Senses Phuket Raceweek.

The SEA event is sponsored by SEA Property and organised and hosted by the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, and consists of three days of racing and four parties. Registration is on the Thursday evening with a briefing on Friday at 0900 hrs at the ACYC prior to the first scheduled warning signal at 1100 hrs.

This is followed by a programme of five races to be held on the Friday (2), Saturday (2) and Sunday (1), with evening parties at the Club sponsored by Sea Bees, Corsair Marine and Derani Yachts.

Logistics sponsors include Andaman Cabriolet and Latitude 8. The media partner is IMAGE Asia, and Elite Wine is said to be promising some special prizes.

On July 21, just three days after the close of the SEA regatta, Six Senses Phuket Raceweek, now in its seventh year, will launch four days of world-class yacht racing and five nights of magical, beachside parties at the 5-star Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa – all captured for international TV broadcast to 140 million households.

The regatta is run over seven classes, including cruising/bareboat/charter yachts. It’s competitive, high-octane racing for the serious boats and fun courses around the islands for the less serious racers.

Among others, Phuket Raceweek is sponsored by The Nation and Phuket Gazette newspapers, along with the Gazette‘s television arm PGTV.

Big Sale underway in Phuket

TR Weekly
For the 12th consecutive year, Phuket is featured in the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale (ATGS).

Aimed at Thais, local expats and short-haul international travellers, the event sees retailers offering discounts of up to 80%, along with special promotions, prizes and even some tax deductions.

The Sale started last week and runs until August 15.

The event is organized by NCC Exhibition Organiser and sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in coordination with VISA International Thailand, for the stated purpose of strengthening Thailand’s position as a major shopping destination.

Here in Phuket, shoppers will find many retailers participating in the ATGS at the Jungceylon shopping mall in Patong.

In addition to Phuket, the sale is running concurrently in seven other major tourism cities in Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Samui, Pattaya and Udon Thani.

According to the TAT’s Governor Suraphon Svetasreni, the sale generated 1.2 billion baht last year, and is expected to see increased spending this year.

Thailand now a budget destination?

Today Online
Thailand has become the “value-for-money destination du jour” to entice travellers back to the country after a month of conflict.

Shops in Bangkok and seven other major tourism destinations, including Phuket, are offering discounts of up to 80 per cent in an ongoing summer sale and hotels have reduced rates and increased perks to fill rooms.

A three-night stay at the four-star Kingston Suites in Bangkok, for example, costs only 1,466 baht ($64) a night, inclusive of breakfast, Internet, an 8am check-in and a late 6pm check-out.

Phuket hot weekend promotion

Asia Travel Tips
Phuket’s luxury Indigo Pearl has launched a ‘Hot Weekend’ promotion offering guests a 50% discount on any room type booked, with a minimum stay of two nights and a maximum of four nights.

The package includes a 25% discount on F&B and spa therapies throughout the guests’ stay, as well as complimentary airport transfers.

The promotion provides several accommodation choices at Indigo Pearl, with prices from 5,502 baht (US$ 238) for a two-night stay. Terms and conditions apply.

Marriot rejects price war

TTR Weekly
Marriott International says bookings are down and the length-of-stay at its Bangkok properties has dropped to just two to three days, but the group will resist pressure to cut room rates.

Managing director for international lodging Edwin D. Fuller said his group would not bow to pressure.

“Marriott will be aggressive in meeting one-on-one with travel partners, both retailers and wholesalers, and we will conduct sales missions in key source markets such as Russia, India, China, and some specific European countries,” he said at a press briefing on Monday.

A search of popular hotel booking sites indicated the JW Marriott Bangkok’s best internet rate was 4,990 baht, while the Marriott Resort and Spa on Bangkok’s riverside was quoted at 3,380 baht.
The hotel company’s Courtyard Bangkok was selling at 2,858 baht.

World Bank bullish on Thailand

Earth Times
Thailand’s economy was expected to grow 6.1 per cent this year despite the political turmoil in March to May, without which it could have grown 7 per cent, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

The World Bank said a dramatic jump in exports during the first half of this year led to its projection for substantial GDP growth despite the anti-government protests.

“The good news is that Thailand continued to see a robust economic recovery in the first two quarters of 2010 despite the political turmoil,” World Bank economist Frederico Gil Sander said.

Thailand’s exports grew 34 per cent year-on-year in the first five months of 2010 and were seemingly unaffected by the political instability.

— 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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