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PHUKET: More than 150 people are expected to be on hand tomorrow at a Phuket medical tourism initiative on Australia’s Gold Coast. Among them will be Phuket’s internationally recognized cosmetic surgeon Dr Sanguan Kunaporn and director Peter Davidson of Phuket International Hospital, where Dr Sanguan performs his services.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports this morning that the duo will bring Phuket cosmetic surgery and dental services to the forefront as speakers at the launch of CosMediTours, a Gold Coast based company focused on medical tourism specifically to Phuket.

Also on hand at the event will be Gold Coast resident and personal trainer Anna Reesby who will be visiting Phuket soon for cosmetic surgery and dental work. The 26-year-old suffered a blow to the nose 10 years ago in a netball game and has since had respiratory problems.

By having the work done in Phuket, she says, the cost will be about one quarter of what she would need to pay in Australia, and she will have a holiday at the same time.

CosMediTours, run by Gold Coast business partners Christyna Kruczaj and Greg Lemon, takes groups from Queensland directly to Phuket where, Kruczaj says, there are “world-class medical facilities and patients recover in five-star resorts.”

“Australians, especially Queenslanders from the Gold and Sunshine coasts, are leading the drive for medical tourism in Thailand,” said Mr Davidson.

The Gold Coast/Phuket initiative takes place at The Sofitel Broadbeach, Queensland.

Economy holding up

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Thailand’s economic growth this year will be resilient despite the worst riots in modern Thai history and political uncertainties ahead, the government said as its battle-scarred capital re-opened for business yesterday.

The state planning agency said the 2010 growth forecast was being maintained at 3.5-4.5 percent.

The forecast would have been 1.5 percent higher if not for the two-month protest in central Bangkok that paralysed business, decimated the vital tourism industry, and depressed consumer spending, the agency said.

Thailand’s $264 billion economy grew 12 percent in the first quarter of 2010 from a year earlier, its best rate in 15 years, beating the consensus of 8.9 percent due to a surge in exports and a low base last year.

But the crisis has not been fully resolved and the red shirt protesters say they plan to resume their campaign for new elections next month.

Investors wait and see

Market Watch
In Thailand, where weeks of street protests in Bangkok against the government have just ended, investors are wary about the impact on the Thai economy.

Thai shares were 2.5% lower in late trading yesterday, shrugging off better-than-expected data on first-quarter gross domestic product as the market had its first opportunity to react to the culmination of violent political unrest seen last week, which forced the bourse to suspend trading activity.

“There’ll be consequent losses to follow. Investors are pricing in how much the damage would affect each listed company,” said Charoen Iamphattanatham, first vice president of KT Zmico Securities.”

No-confidence motion against PM

Earth Times
Thailand’s parliamentary opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the government yesterday for its suppression of the protests that left at least 85 dead.

The Puea Thai Party submitted the motion to Government House Speakers, who have seven days to study it.

The red shirts are an extension of the Puea Thai Party, whose de facto leader is fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Meanwhile, various shops in Bangkok’s Siam Square reopened yesterday, and Ratchaprasong and Rajadmari streets were open to traffic.

But hotels such as the Intercontinental and Hyatt Erawan were still closed to business, and the Zen Trade Centre, a target of the arsonists, will be closed for weeks.

The capital’s two mass transit systems resumed operations on Sunday.

Travel Mart postponed after all

TTRWeekly
In a sudden U-turn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced on Friday that it has “postponed” the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2010, scheduled for June 2-4, due to mass cancellations by hosted buyers. It has not, so far, announced replacement dates.

Up until last Friday, all the associations and the TAT had been insisting that the show would go on, despite company executives expressing their concerns that an impending military crackdown would make it difficult to attract buyers.

TAT directors met late last Friday when it became obvious that many of the 350 invited buyers would cancel.

It is not known how many Phuket companies had planned to particapate in the event.

— Gazette Editors

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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.

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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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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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