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PHUKET: The Phuket Music Festival will take place next weekend, June 25-26, the Bangkok Post reminds us.

Hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Provincial Government of Phuket in conjunction with the brewers of Singha Beer, the festival aims to promote tourism to Phuket.

This free concert, held for the second consecutive year (but last year titled ‘RoyFest’), is expected to draw 50,000 local and international visitors to the island with two evenings of dance music performed by international artists and DJs.

It will be in the concept of a ‘Beach Dance Party’, and will feature a throng of local artists.

“The Phuket Music Festival is the biggest and most comprehensive free concert on the seaside in the South of Thailand, and one of the most unique concerts ever held….’ said TAT governor Suraphon Svetasreni.

‘Besides the natural environment of ‘The Pearl of the Andaman’, the island now has a music festival that will create a legend by transforming the white sandy beach into Thailand’s largest, moonlit dance floor for everyone to enjoy,” he added.

But if reports from last year’s inaugural music festival were accurate, local residents of Karon Beach and surrounding areas, particularly those in the posh condos and five-star hotel rooms along the strand, found the music a bit over the top in terms of volume and duration.

While the event did draw large crowds, its desirability for environmentally-challenged Phuket became a topic of some considerable heat in the ‘debates’ in the Gazette online forum, with perceived beauty being very much in the ears of the beholder.

Westin Phuket ready to roll

Asia Travel Tips
Phuket’s new Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa is offering rooms for just 2,010 baht (approx $59) per night in the lead-up to the luxury property’s opening, which is scheduled for August 2010.

The promotion is valid for bookings before September 30 and for stays between August 1 and October 31, 2010. The introductory rate is ‘room only’ and is subject to tax and service charges.

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa will be the first Westin resort to open in Thailand. Located on Phuket’s Siray Island, the resort overlooks Siray Bay and boasts a secluded beach with direct access.

Despite woes, Thailand still a major magnet

Travel Daily News
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that Thailand received 6,563,099 visitor arrivals during January-May 2010, registering year-on-year growth of 16.07 per cent.

Tourism receipts were estimated at 240 billion baht, or about US$7.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 20.26% in comparison with January-May 2009.

The top five visitor-generating markets during the period were Malaysia (770,804), China (428,709), Japan (419,980), United Kingdom (352,586), and South Korea (335,648).

These markets are Thailand’s traditional top tourist producers, but other markets such as India (277,393) and Russia (284,424) showed phenomenal growth during the same period.

Although the TAT has not provided a breakdown by province of where the 6,563,099 tourists stayed during their visits, Phuket is likely to have played a major role as the province remained calm throughout the Bangkok riots, and the island’s airport arrival statistics were far more favorable than those for the capital.

Proximity and value for money will still be the main attractions for tourists from South Asia, the Middle East and the ASEAN countries, the TAT says.

Phuket touted in TAT tours
TR Weekly
Tourism Authority of Thailand is marketing self-drive holidays in the domestic tourism space, offering airline, hotel and car rental components in prepaid packages that focus on eight provinces, including Phuket.

The four other “main destinations” are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani and Krabi – all introduced during last year’s low season. Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani and Surat Thani have been added this year.

The TAT believes it can spread tourism benefits through self-drive holidays that combine a flight to a regional center and accommodation on a circular route from the car rental point.

It says the main purpose is to promote what it calls “green season” tourism, a euphemism for the five-month low (rainy) season. However, critics retort that the exercise is commercial and is in direct competition against private travel companies in the domestic market.

Self-drive package bookings are available from now until September 15, and the traveling period expires on September 30.

The packages are not available during the brown season.

Briton, Aussie face jail

The State
A Briton and an Australian who joined in Thailand’s anti-government protests last month were charged on Thursday with inciting violence and other crimes. They could face up to two years in prison.

Both men denied the charges, which allege they violated an emergency decree imposed during the two-months of protests.

Briton Jeff Savage, 48, screamed abusive comments about Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as he was led past reporters, calling him “a murderer” and insulting Abhisit’s wife.

Australian Conor Purcell, 30, is accused of inciting violence by making incendiary speeches on the main stage at the protesters’ encampment.

The court set the next hearing for July 28.

— Gazette Editors

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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