Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket gets nearly Bt 1bn for Asian Beach Games

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silapa-archa on Monday had good news for sports development on the island.

Phuket had applied for 700 million baht to develop and prepare the island to host the Asian Beach Games 2014.

Instead, the central government has approved nearly a billion baht, he said.

“Phuket will host the Asian Beach Games in 2014, and right now I’ve got nearly a billion baht available for the event. The event will make Phuket more famous,” Mr Chumpol told the 200 attendees at the grand opening of the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket.

The minister also floated the idea of land reclamation in Phuket. “Phuket could be like Dubai and create more land for development.” he said.

“I felt a little scared when the plane was landing at the airport,” he added, pointing out that perhaps the runway could be extended into the sea as is done at many international airports. He cited Hong Kong as an example.

Reflecting on the his previous visit to Phuket, Mr Chumpol said, “This is the first time in nearly 20 years that I’ve been to Phuket, and there have been many changes.

“For example, Kata-Karon was quiet countryside in the past, but now it’s much more developed.”

Regarding complaints from foreign tourists, the minister said, “I would like local organizations to focus not only on the money generated by tourism, but to also take good care of our tourists.

“I have received a lot of complaints about ‘local people’ trying to drag tourists [at the airport] to go along with them,” he added.

“Last year, we expected about 14 million tourists to visit Thailand, but the number was more than 15 million because of Phuket,” said Mr Chumpol.

In closing, the minister praised the timing of the resort’s grand opening. “To open the Westin at this time is quite wise as it’s high season and many people are coming to Phuket,” he noted.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 29 provinces now on curfew, booze ban in Phuket

Insurgency3 hours ago

Volunteer ranger killed in grenade attack by suspected insurgents

Best of3 hours ago

Top 5 Spas in Koh Samui

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand3 hours ago

Hemp ice cream hits the Thai market

Chon Buri3 hours ago

Chon Buri sets local order, restaurants in malls to only offer food for delivery

Thailand3 hours ago

Samut Prakan man dies in fire, possibly self-inflicted

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Royal Thai Police say bitterleaf can’t cure Covid

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 18,901 new cases, provincial totals

Thailand5 hours ago

Air Asia technician arrested for allegedly stealing electronics

Pattaya5 hours ago

“Pattaya Move On” reopening likely to be postponed as Covid cases surge

Thailand6 hours ago

3 metre long python caught near family’s house in Phuket

Thailand7 hours ago

Government says not to buy Favipiravir/Avigan online, says it might be fake

Phuket7 hours ago

Phuket bans alcohol sales at restaurants, issues order amid rise of Covid cases

Best of7 hours ago

Top 5 Mexican restaurants in Pattaya

Thailand8 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | New restrictions, new Red Line train in Bangkok, Covid latest

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending