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Phuket Sports: King’s Cup bolsters Thai sailing interest

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PHUKET: The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (PKCR) attracts more and more Thai sailors each year and the 2011 event saw Thai sailors taking podium places throughout the series.

There were 74 Thai sailors who took part in the competition, making Thailand the fourth most highly represented nation in the whole regatta.

The Royal Thai Navy entered two boats into the competitive IRC2 racing class, skippered by Chief Petty Officer First Class Wiwat Poonpat (Royal Thai Navy 1) and CDR Pornprom Sakultem (Royal Thai Navy 4). The Royal Thai Navy teams have sailed consistently well at recent regattas in Thailand, and true to Thailand’s history as a successful sports sailing nation, Royal Thai Navy 1 swept to victory in IRC 2 Class again this year.

Suwan Poopoksakul skippered Lawana, an X-512, battled in the highly-competitive Premier Class with entries from China, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

“The PKCR is the largest sailing event in Thailand,” explained Suwan. Our Lawana team has joined the race for 10 years, and we’ve also consistently seen the best international standard race management. Its success has been proven as we see more boats from around the world heading to Phuket every year.”

Biranubongse Bhanubandh, has sailed since 1987 and began on dinghies. “Twenty years ago, sailing was regarded as an upper-class and costly sport, so its prevalence was limited to specific groups of people and the development was delayed. But then there were supportive factors to raise the popularity of sailing, especially the duty reduction which was a considerable turning point for sailing development in Thailand. It made sailing more affordable and led to the development of Thai sailors’ skills, and now we have world champion Thai sailors.”

“As a sailor, I appreciate how the organising committee properly arrange everything. With a seriously high standard of operations, the Regatta can facilitate both Thai and foreign sailors; better than other international sailing events in this region that I’ve joined before.”

Saksit “Khet” Mangkalaseranee, a Phuket-based business owner and crew member on Windstar, raced in the Modern Classic Class, finishing second overall. He said, “We have eight crew members in total, and three of the guys are Thai sailors. The PKCR is a special event in its own right, and it’s also great for encouraging more Thais into sailing, for giving them a competitive step-up as their sailing skills grow. The Regatta features the increasingly popular International Dinghy Class which is the perfect way for young Thais to get into the sport. We do everything we can to encourage more Thais to take up sailing; it’s always been our plan to do that. To have an international standard race entry, you often need to have an international crew; this blends sailors of differing levels of experience. That said, we are always on the lookout for talented Thai sailors to possibly join our team in the future.”

In 2010, sailing prodigy and eventual winner in the Optimist Class, Anapat Ngarmdee, aged 11, attracted a lot of attention as he ran away with the class title. This past event saw Phuket native, Akapoj Kankaew, earn a powerful overall victory in the six-race series which has become a popular part of the PKCR programme.

A majority of sailors competing in the International Dinghy Class racing series were Thai, thanks to strong efforts by the PKCR organizing committee who worked to encourage more Thai youngsters to take up the sport. Thailand can be particularly proud of its performance in Optimist Class; Noppakao Poonpat is the World Champion, and the Thai team is the Team Optimist World Champion also; not coincidentally, Noppakao is the niece of Wiwat Poonpat, skipper of the winning Royal Thai Navy 1.

The Phuket Gazette and PGTV are sponsors of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. For information visit KingsCup.com.

— Neil Quail



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Phuket in the Top Ten list of Best Places to Visit

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Paris topped the US News list of the World’s Best Places to Visit, Phuket gets into the top 10 destinations this year. The annual rankings list the World’s Best Places to Visit, along with region-specific and niche lists.

Paris, a long favourite with its world-renowned attractions, excellent cuisine and charming atmosphere, scored the top spot in the Best Place to Visit in the World listing. New Zealand’s South Island was in second place, Rome was third, Tahiti fourth and London in fifth place.

Thailand’s most popular island, Phuket, was the highest placed Asian destination and scored the eighth place in the Top Ten destinations, beating out Grand Canyon, New York, Sydney and Maldives.

US News also compiles the Best Places to Visit in the USA, the Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA, the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA, the Best Places to Visit in Australia and The Pacific and the Best Places to Visit in Asia. Unique to US News, the rankings combine editor, traveller and expert feedback to determine the most remarkable destinations around the world.

  1. Paris, France
  2. South Island, New Zealand
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Tahiti, French Polynesia
  5. London, UK
  6. Maui, Hawaii
  7. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  8. Phuket, Thailand
  9. Grand Canyon, US
  10. Yosemite, US
  11. Barcelona, Spain
  12. New York City
, US
  13. Dubai
, UAE
  14. Machu Picchu, Peru
  15. Sydney
, Australia
  16. Maldives
  17. Amsterdam
, The Netherlands
  18. San Francisco
, US
  19. Florence, Italy
  20. Yellowstone
, US

SOURCE: ttrweekly.com

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Three arrested with over 12,000 meth pills and crystal meth in Thalang, Phuket

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Three drug suspects have been arrested with a total of 12,277 methamphetamine pills and 1.8 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (ice) in Thalang.

Thalang Police raided a house in Thalang where they arrested Yuttapong Kenson. Police seized 1.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 10,746 methamphetamine pills.

Police then raided a warehouse in Srisoonthorn where they have arrested a 17 year old male teenager. Police seized 1.72 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Then Police arrested 21 year old Jarinya Tenprakoan. Police seized 1,531 of methamphetamine pills and 63.93 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

They were taken to police station to face legal action.

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Phuket’s tourist evolution – Diversity is the best option Part 1

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Today’s guest writer has been managing resorts around Phuket for two decades and has represented his brand at international expos along with promotions for Phuket over the years. His knowledge is first-hand and steeped in local experience. He has asked to remain anonymous.

At the end of the 1990’s into the early 2000’s Phuket saw the drastic increase in number of guests from Scandinavia countries with their tour operators investing many millions of Baht in developing new resorts to cater for their expected dramatic increase in tourism to Thailand. 

Today most of these resorts still stand and have successfully operated since but, some (as ours have) have seen the Scandianavian guests moving out and focusing more on Khao Lak as a preferred destination plus the resort towns of Hua Hin and Rayong who emerged as preferred destinations for the Scandinavian market. They too have seen changes with the development of small communities of private housing to cater for this market in preference to traditional resorts. This is also true for couples and the ‘silver’ market (over 60s). Families however are very much geared towards purpose-built family-friendly resorts, or resorts operated/managed by their tour operator. 

In the early 2000’s we also saw the beginnings of the Russian market starting to check out Phuket as a new destination. I remember when one tour operator, who is very successful now, came to our resort to ask for some rooms and if they could pay on departure for their guests rather than before their arrival. We were one of the first to say ‘yes’ and even today the tour operator always recalls that early business assistance when they chat with me. 

Since then Phuket experienced arrivals from Russians drastically increasing year on year beyond any expectations, until now. For our resorts, we relied on the Russian market to fill nearly 80% of the resort for high season and they just carried on asking for more and more rooms until April this year when this market’s numbers dropped through the floor. As Egypt has re-opened and Vietnam is seen as the ‘new’ place to be seen, Russian guests are now heading to these destinations and Phuket has been left behind.  

Will they come back? Only time will tell, but over the past year the number of families has increased heavily with over 60% of one major tour operator’s guest arrival list being families. So if the Russians do come back (and everyone is positive that they will), it COULD mean that there is a shift in choice of beach or choice of resort offering more kid-friendly opportunities.  

Resort operators therefore need to look at the future and ‘change with the times’. In some cases this might mean having to change their guest room configurations to cater for market swings or as in the case of a friend’s resort, knock down single rooms and build more family-friendly accommodation! Upgrade facilities to cater to the new markets. This also goes for local establishments – restaurants, attractions, tours and retail shops. 

In our resorts, we have increased the number of family rooms by over 100% with 50 rooms currently being converted to cater for this market. 

The Chinese are still getting over the Phuket boat tragedy last July and the recent ‘auction’ of the boat just dragged on this pain and uneccessary loss of friends and families. When we visited Chinese travel partners late last year, their anger and sadness of this tragedy was still front of mind and Chinese social media was still encouraging others to travel to safer countries who look after their visitors. 

Chinese partners had moved their advertising campaign budgets to other destinations, and this was noticeable as Japan took over as the number one choice of Chinese visitors during their ‘golden week’ last year. But Thailand is still a very important market to our travel partners and they will continue to support Thai and Phuket tourism.

The Chinese visitor should be welcomed with open arms here in Phuket and we need to understand the power of their social media in relation to recommendation of eateries, shopping opportunities and where to be seen with their selfies! 

One simple selfie can have over 5 millions LIKES within a few minutes and that is fabulous free PR for the island and the location where they took the selfie. Welcome to the world of social media and millennials! 

The move away from group tours to individual travelers (FITs) continues as we hear of our partners in China reducing tour groups down to 40% (Beijing operator) and 50% (Shanghai) of their total guest mix and the power of the online platforms to ‘book and travel’ on the same apps means that the Chinese have plenty of choices of where to go. Visa-free countries for the Chinese visitor are being added all the time and the Chinese tourist have been happy to explore new destinations.  

Two major Chinese partners mentioned that it is not just Thailand feeling the decline in Chinese tourists this year, but also several countries within Asia this year.  

Tomorrow we’ll look at the new nationalities that are looking to Phuket, some statistics from our hotels over the past year and some of my thoughts about Thailand’s strong currency.

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