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PHUKET: The Phuket tourism industry is facing a huge labor shortage, with more than 5,000 positions currently vacant on the island, the Phuket Employment Office chief has warned.

Noppadon Ployyoudee said there was strong demand for workers in Phuket, particularly at hotels and businesses connected to the tourism industry.

Among those needed are reception staff, service staff, sales people, handymen, electricians, accountants, administrators, cleaners and security guards.

The Employment Office investigated the problem and found more than 5,000 vacant positions, Mr Noppadon said.

“The reason Phuket province is experiencing the problem of a large labor shortage is that today the economy in the area is at a good level. There are a lot of tourists coming in, so hotels and tourism businesses need a lot of workers in various departments,” he said.

Mr Noppadon said the office, together with the affected businesses, were constantly arranging meetings with workers for the convenience of people looking for employment. It is also trying to find jobs for students who want to work during the school break over the next two months.

To fix the problem in the long term, the office is working with schools and colleges to ensure graduates fit the needs of the labor market, he said.

Prasert Monprasit, president of Phuket Human Resources Club, said hotels needed operations staff, such as cleaners and laundry workers. Each year there is demand for 3,000 such workers, particularly in high season that runs from October to April.

“The problem has come about because there is work, but nobody is doing it because it requires M6 [high school] level graduates. Most of the people looking for work have graduated at bachelor’s degree level and are interested in other types of work,” he said.

The Phuket Human Resources Club was preparing to search for and train people who met the right requirements, M6 graduates aged 18 to 25.

“The target are people from Isarn [the Northeast of Thailand], because there is a huge number of kids who’ve studied to this level who want work here,” he said.

“We can take them for rapid training and have them ready for work in two months. As for compensation, they will earn more than 10,000 baht per month.”

To fix the problems the Education Ministry and the Labor Ministry had to come up with a formula to produce personnel of this type, because by 2015 Asean would implement the Asean Economic Community (AEC), Mr Prasert said.

The AEC agreement will allow the free movement of labor among its member countries, which are Thailand, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

If provinces with tourism-based economies did not prepare themselves for the change, some businesses would likely employee Burmese workers, which would cause other problems to follow, he said

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Thailand targeting specific Chinese provinces for “tourism bubble”

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Thailand targeting specific Chinese provinces for “tourism bubble” | The Thaiger
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Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports says his ministry will target specific provinces in China in a bid to attract tourists back to the resort island of Phuket as travel restrictions are gradually eased. Pipat Ratchakijprakarn says the ministry will not splash out money launching a tourist campaign all across China but rather target some of the many provinces that have brought Covid-19 under control.

He didn’t specify which provinces, but said Phuket is being eyed to lead the planned “tourism bubbles” comprising Thailand and its selected partners. The primary target is selected Chinese cities and provinces.

“China is the first market with potential, because flying time to Thailand is less than six hours.”

Other markets being discussed include South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and some south east Asian countries.

Before the pandemic, 1 in every 4 foreign visitors to Thailand was Chinese. There were almost 40 million foreign arrivals last year.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Officials raid 2 Phuket casinos, arresting 87 illegal gamblers

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Officials raid 2 Phuket casinos, arresting 87 illegal gamblers | The Thaiger
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Officials have raided 2 Phuket casinos resulting in 87 people being arrested for allegedly gambling after the island’s provincial police received complaints of gambling dens operating around the clock – a violation of the current Emergency Decree which bans crowds.

The first raid took place at about 3:30 pm and was at a casino in tambon Talat Nua of Muang district. The premises provided parking spaces for motorcycles and up to 30 cars, and was fenced on all sides with metal sheets. Officials arrested 45 gamblers-30 men and 15 women. They also seized 62,420 baht that was placed as wagers and a gold necklace that was 15 grams in weight.

Around the same time, a second team raided another casino tambon Sisunthon of Thalang district in Phuket’s north. It was also fenced with metal sheets and featured an ample amount of parking space. 42 people- 22 men and 20 women- were rounded up with police seizing 64,260 baht in placed wagers.

All have been charged with illegal betting and violating the Emergency Decree which was recently extended through July.

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Phuket’s (in)famous “Soi Bangla” district reopens today

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Phuket’s (in)famous “Soi Bangla” district reopens today | The Thaiger

Today is the official reopening of Phuket’s famous (or infamous) “Soi Bangla” nightlife district, but only about 20% of venues say they’re reopening during this early stage. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced yesterday that all night entertainment venues may reopen but must strictly adhere to health guidelines set out to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the CCSA, says night entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, karaoke venues and beer gardens will be allowed to open, but only until midnight. Social distancing measures will be strictly enforced, and customers must use the Thai Chana app to check in and out.

The Patong Entertainment Business Association president says only about 20% of the 324 registered members are expected to reopen initially, but he expects more to reopen soon. Among the 22 rules announced last week- to be presented to the CCSA for approval- were that all staff must wear face masks and face shields, but performers may wear face shields only. No bottles are to be served, and all drinks are to be served in glasses. No pool table games (including snooker and billiards) and no dart games are to be allowed.

The number of guests in each venue is to be restricted to cater for social distancing, with at least 2 metres between tables, or partitions must be installed to ensure patrons are seated at least one metre away from each other.

Undercutting the main reason people visit popular venues, the draft rules also call for groups to be limited to 5 people, and for guests to be prohibited from dancing and singing, gathering, shouting, or “wandering around the premises”.

“I have no idea what the rules will be, but we will open anyway. If the full list of 22 rules for pubs, bars and entertainment venues is to be applied, we won’t be able to enforce all the rules, because enforcing all these rules is impossible. But we can follow some of the rules, such as social distancing, wearing masks and checking temperatures.”

Even Patong’s mayor told The Phuket News that she is yet to receive a copy of all the rules to be enforced.

“The next thing to do is follow up with the CCSA about the rules. This is very important for the entertainment industry in Patong. I will help and consider being flexible with the rules for entertainment businesses in Patong, because the rules announced by CCSA are the general rules for many places. But some of these rules are not appropriate for businesses here. We have to apply the right rules and optimise them for businesses in Patong.”

The PEBA president dismissed a few entertainment zones being singled out in other countries as “hotbeds for starting a second wave” of Covid-19 infections.

“I do not care what some people claim is the risk of being in a bar. If the government is genuinely concerned about the risk of Covid-19 spreading, then it is not just about bars, pubs and entertainment venues. The risk of Covid-19 spreading applies anywhere where people are around, not only at bars and pubs.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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