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PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) has finally elected a new president at a meeting held Tuesday evening at the Phuket Merlin Hotel. Sombat Atiset, managing director of Kata Thani Hotel & Beach Resort, was elected by the majority of eligible voters. K. Sombat said that the first issue the PTA will address is the hotel tax, which will soon be imposed by the Phuket Provincial Administration (OrBorJor). The tax on hotel room revenues, at a rate believed to be either 0.5% or 0.8%, will come into force in October this year. Most PTA members view this as the most acute problem facing the tourism industry at the moment. K. Sombat will assume the role of president within 30 days of the election date, and will hold this position for two years. He will take over from the current president, Pamuke Achariyachai, managing director of Kata Group Hotels. In addition to the president, the PTA also elected 10 members to serve on its committee. The new committee members are: Dr Jirachai Amornpyroj, GM of the Royal Paradise Hotel; Kitti Pattanachinda, resident manager of Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel; Sarayuth Malum, GM of Baan Sukhothai Hotel; Mongkol Boonporn, GM of Phuket Island Pavilion; Jirawit Pitikulsatith, owner of Phuket Center Tour; Amornrat A. Vittaya, GM and director of Take-A-Trip; Pakin Ruktae-Ngam, MD of Layan Beach Resort and Spa Village; Surin Bumrungpol, MD of Phuket Experience Tour; Doungravee Sirilak, executive assistant manager of Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket; and Panlop Rittirong, manager of Pacific World. According to the Phuket Tourism Association, there were 128 members attending the meeting, of which only 75 were eligible voters. To be eligible to vote, members must have paid the membership fee by March of this year. Currently, the PTA has 177 members. Its membership consists of hotel operators, tour operators, restaurants, gift shops, bus companies and other tourism-related businesses.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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