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Phuket ICT a “no show” at Chinese expo

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PHUKET: The project to have representatives from Phuket businesses and other organizations promote Phuket’s information and communications technology (ICT) prowess at the 5th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning City, Guangxi, China, next month has failed due to lack of interest.

The Department of Export Promotion (DEP) aimed to run 69 presentation booths at the event (click here for earlier report).

However, at a Provincial Hall meeting chaired by Phuket Vice-Governor Smith Palawatwichai on August 28, it was reported that the project had attracted very little interest from Phuket businesses.

Indeed, even the local branch of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) had withdrawn from participation due to lack of budget.

So far, only three Phuket businesses will join the event. Phuket FantaSea will send 10 staffers, including management and performance actors, to man two booths at the expo.

The Phuket Exportation and Manufacturing Association (PEMA) will occupy five booths, presenting local produce, including fresh and dried seafood, cashew nut products, abalone products and fish balls.

Silk Idol Co Ltd, which produces Thai silk and cotton, will occupy one booth for displaying its wares.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Southern Region 4 Office will promote tourism to Phuket by distributing 10,000 brochures printed in Chinese and 1,000 copies in English at the event.

DEP Deputy Director-General Niramol Charoenphao still hopes that Phuket will be better represented, especially in the “City of Charm” zone, where Phuket spas, hotels, travel agents and hospitality businesses can pitch their sales to mainland Chinese.

Khun Niramol said that she will invite the Phuket Spa Association to join the event, and that she also aims for Phuket FantaSea to perform at the event’s opening celebrations.

The DEP has reserved 12 booths at the expo, but only eight will be occupied. Interested business operators can join by contacting the Phuket Provincial Commercial Office (Tel: 076-212017) before Friday.

“We are still missing Phuket’s prominent point, which is tourism. We expected spas, travel agents and hospitals to join, but as the economy has slowed down, businesspeople are being more wary about the potential returns.

“Not only are Phuket operators like this, business operators in Bangkok and other regions are also having the same problems,” K. Niramol added.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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