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PHUKET: Myanmar’s two private airlines have announced plans to purchase new aircraft to service new routes, including Phuket, in time for the upcoming peak tourism season, the Earth Times Online reported yesterday.

Both Air Bagan and Air Mandalay said they would expand their limited fleets before November when their high season for tourism begins. The season, which coincides with Phuket’s, ends in February.

Air Bagan says it plans to buy two Airbus A-320s to service, in addition to Phuket, other regional destinations such as Bangkok, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It also plans to acquire two ATR 72-500 prop jets for its domestic routes.

But with only four months remaining before the country’s high season arrives, the airline may be facing a challenge.

According to a report in the Myanmar Times last week, an Air Bagan spokesman says that the company “hasn’t decided exactly when the new aircraft will be purchased or where they will be acquired from.”

Myanmar saw a 39 per cent jump in international tourist arrivals during the first three months of this year, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Tourist boat crash: 42 injured

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Forty-two people were injured after two boats carrying Thai and foreign tourists collided off an island famed for its wild parties, police said Sunday.

The boats were ferrying tourists to and from Koh Pha-ngan, home of the ‘full moon parties’ that attract thousands of young, mostly Western tourists every month.

Police Lt Pongkajorn Sukrasang said the boats collided and overturned around midnight Saturday, throwing the passengers into the rough sea during a rainstorm just off the island.

Police said the accident had little effect on the party in process. A number of apparently drunk foreigners were reportedly lying on the beach Sunday morning near the point at which the boats had collided.

The monthly parties on Koh Pha-ngan, which lies about 200km east of Phuket, are rave-type gatherings fueled by drugs and alcohol and have become associated with crimes such as rape and theft because of their freewheeling atmosphere.

The Koh Pha-ngan party which ended yesterday coincided with Phuket’s own mass beach blowout, the Phuket Music Festival. That event was expected to attract about 50,000 young revelers to Karon Beach for two nights of non-stop dancing in the sand to music performed by international artists and DJs.

Thai tourism looks to ASEAN

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Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has assigned Prime Minister’s Office Minister Ong-art Klampaiboon to explain Thailand’s ‘situation’ to its fellow Asean member countries.

Mr Ong-art said yesterday that Mr Abhisit had assigned him to witness the inauguration of Philippine President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, which takes place in ceremonies in Manila tomorrow and Wednesday. The premier needs to attend the weekly cabinet meeting, Mr Ong-art said.

“I will tell foreign countries that the situation in Thailand has returned to normal and it is not as bad as many had seen earlier,” he added.

During his visit, the minister said he will promote tourism to people in the Asean countries as many toursts in Thailand come from that region.

Call for bids on tourism summit

Asia Travel Tips

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has opened the tendering process to find the host city for the 12th Global Travel & Tourism Summit.

The organisation has issued a ‘Request for Proposals’ (RFPs) to cities around the world wishing to submit applications to host the 12th Summit, scheduled to take place a little less than two years form now.

The RFPs and supporting documents must be returned by September 1, 2010 to the WTTC’s Events Director, Tony Thompson.

The Summit hosts will be able to showcase their destination to over 1,000 senior business and industry leaders from the travel and tourism, hospitality, aviation and cruise sectors.

Earlier this year, Las Vegas won the bid to host the 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, which is scheduled for May 17-19 next year.

— Gazette Editors

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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