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Phuket to ‘get tough’ on jet-skis

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Phuket to ‘get tough’ on jet-skis | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Phuket is to get tough on jet-ski operators again, it was decided yesterday at a meeting of officials from across the island. Chaired by vice-governor Amnuay Sanguannam, the meeting brought together officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), district offices, the Harbor Department, the Marine Police, the Tourist Police and other police. Representatives from the local jet-ski industry were also invited but failed to attend. The meeting heard statistics compiled by the Tourist Police that showed that one person was killed and four injured in four jet-ski accidents last year. Between 1995 and 1998, three people were killed and 39 injured, the report showed. Anupharp Thirarath, head of the local office of the TAT, told the meeting that he received many complaints about jet-skis. In a recent example, he said, a hotel manager complained that a jet-ski operator had tried to run over one of his gusts after an argument about the cost of repairing a jet-ski. Such incidents were bad for Phuket’s image, Anupharp added. The operation of jet-skis is controlled partly by the Public Health and Safety Act of 1992 and partly by the Navigation Act of 1913. The 1992 law bars operators from riding in swimming zones and requires anyone riding a machine to wear a life-vest. It also specifically states that jet-skis may be used solely for recreation – not for commerce. The 1913 Act requires all vessels to be registered with the Harbor Department, and for anyone operating a vessel to have an operator’s license. Under current policy, no new registrations for jet-skis are being accepted. The meeting heard that despite these restrictions the number of jet-ski businesses in Phuket has continued to boom. By February 1998, (more recent figures were not presented), there were about 250 machines operating around Phuket. Only 22 of them were registered. At the end of the meeting, Vice Governor Amnuay said, “We will have to really get tough on this. Too many of them are ignoring the law, and that is not what we want to see.” The meeting came a day after Phuket came under fire from the Jet Sports Boating Association of Thailand (TJSBA) for its refusal to host a major international jet-ski race.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

Kritsada Mueanhawong



TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran | The Thaiger

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash

Kritsada Mueanhawong



German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash | The Thaiger

A German man has died after a motorbike crash in Thalang.

The Thalang Police were notified of the incident last night on Srisoonthorn Road in Baan Manik, Thalang.

The German man, 53 year old Carsten Elfried Koch, was the driver of a motorbike and sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash. He died at the scene.

Police believe that Mr Koch was heading back to his home in Cherng Talay at high speed. He lost control at a curve on the wet road.

His body was taken to the Thalang Hospital for an autopsy. Officials have informed the German Embassy in Thailand.

Police didn’t report if the man was wearing a bike helmet or not.

German man dies in Phuket motorcycle crash | News by The Thaiger

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Officers follow-up on slow loris tout on Phuket beach – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong



Officers follow-up on slow loris tout on Phuket beach – VIDEO | The Thaiger

Phuket officials are searching for a ‘loris tout’ who was offering photographs with a slow loris at a Kata beach. (Some video of a slow loris below)

‘Angelina Bratukhina’ posted a video with a message read “Where are the police??!! It’s right now at Kata Noi beach.”

The man was offering photos with the slow loris for 200 -300 baht each time (a sign of local inflation, it used to be 100 baht).

The slow loris is a protected animal. Anyone who captures a slow loris can be fined up to 40,000 baht or imprisoned up to four years, or both.

The head of Khao Phra Thaeo non-hunting area in Thalang, Piyawat Sukhon says police are aware of the situation and are actively trying to track the tout down.

“We have searched for the man but not found him on the beach. He might circulate around Phuket’s beaches. Anyone who sees this kind of incident can call 191 or my number 089 873 7749.”

Where is police??!! It's right now at Kata Noy beach

Posted by Angelina Bratukhina on Sunday, March 17, 2019


Officers follow-up on slow loris tout on Phuket beach - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

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