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PHUKET: Adman Patrick Ferrara has launched a campaign to promote ‘Global Advertising Awards’, to be held in Phuket in Febuary 2011, and he claims it will outdo, and eventually overtake, the 2010 Cannes Lions advertising fest.

According to Advertising Age, Mr Ferrara is holding out the prospect of the new Phuket event becoming the ‘world’s most coveted award’ within three to five years.

The cost of entry will be lower than Cannes, and the judges will be clients instead of peers, with awards covering print, television, radio, the Internet and other media he said.

The Ad Association in Thailand is supposedly committing 16 million baht in funding to the cause.

But Advertising Age, the benchmark ad industry publication in the United States, points out that this sum would hardly make a dent in the cost of hosting the representatives of “50 of the world’s top advertisers and 50 of the world’s top agencies” that Mr Ferrara says he wants to bring to Phuket.

And the journal asks, “So just who is Mr Ferrara anyway?”

He apparently claims he’d be able to outdo the Cannes Lions because he helped to start them. But a Cannes Lions spokeswoman, Ad Age says, states they’ve never heard of him.

For more information, but not much, see the event’s official website at theglobaladvertisingawards.com

But, hey – regardless of the hype, and despite the skepticism of Advertising Age and the anorexia of the official website, Phuket could benefit from the glitz, glamour, publicity and panache that could radiate from an event such as this. So why not give it a chance?

Kidnapper nabbed in Phuket

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An American man accused of taking his 3-year-old to Thailand in violation of a custody order more than a year ago has been taken into custody in Phuket.

Samuel Lee Horton, 38, of Greenville, South Carolina, is being escorted back to the United States by FBI special agents. He was arrested in Phuket on Monday. Horton is expected to arrive in Los Angeles tonight (June 9) and is expected to make a court appearance on Thursday.

Investigators said Horton was charged by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office with violating a custody order involving his child on May 5, 2009.

After investigators learned that Horton had taken the child out of the country, a federal warrant for his arrest for ‘unlawful flight to avoid prosecution’ was issued.

Further investigation into the matter led to the issuance of a federal grand jury indictment for fraud in connection with a passport he secured for the child.

Horton faces a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment if convicted of these offenses.

Assistant U. S. Attorney David Stephens commended FBI Special Agent Lisa Quillen for her efforts in locating Horton and insuring the safe return of the child.

Expat deals at Panwa Phuket

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The Bel Air Resort & Spa at Cape Panwa in Phuket, which says it offersthe largest and most spacious ocean view suites in Phuket, is offering a ‘Thai Resident Promotion’ (for Thais and expatriates based in Thailand) with rates starting at just 1,900 baht per suite per night.

The offer is for a two-bedroom Luxury Suite with two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and large terrace for the entire family. The rate is valid until Oct 31 and requires a minimum stay of two nights.

The Thai Resident Promotion also offers two-bedroom Plunge Pool Suite or a two-bedroom Pool Access Suite for 2,900 baht per night, and a 3-bedroom Suite for 3,500.

All rates include breakfasts for 4-6 persons.

For more information or to book, see res@belairpanwa.com

Media sensationalized protests

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Following the political tensions on the streets of Bangkok, the challenge for the Thai tourist industry now is to help travelers distinguish between the perceived threat and the actual threat.

Protests in Thailand are very compartmentalized and very contained, but that impression is difficult to convey when headlines suggest the worst. And the headlines from May are still with some travelers,” says Mark Siegel, CEO of Bangkok-based tour operator GolfAsian Co Ltd.

The Sydney Morning Herald also suggests media headlines surrounding the event were sensationalized, reporting in a June 5 story from Phuket: “The Australian government’s travel warnings to the whole of Thailand seemed overkill at best.”

Tourism stats suspect

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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has released details of tourist arrivals at all checkpoints for the month of May, as well as the first five months of the year.

Despite a curfew and violent clashes in Bangkok, Thailand still welcomed 821,090 visitors last month, representing a 11% decline on 923,916 visitors recorded in May 2009.

Overall, the country’s performance improved 16% in the first five months of the year, with 6,563,099 visitors compared to 5,654,541 visitors during the same period in 2009.

Based on the ministry’s data, May was the only month showing a significant decline, with April down just 0.16% and March up 16.35%.

However, private sector representatives are critical of the ministry’s data, claiming it is inaccurate and out of date.

— Gazette Editors

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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