Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket meeting to urge end to protests

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

Phuket meeting to urge end to protests | Thaiger
Phuket NEWS Hound

โ€“ A daily, pocket-sized packet of news from around the world, compiled by Phuket Gazette reporters for foreigners who want it short, sharp and straight to the point.

PHUKET: More than 1,000 local tourism sector representatives and tour operators will gather in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya and Samui tomorrow afternoon to urge anti-government red-shirt protesters to end their political rallies.

The protests resulted in a sharp drop in foreign tourist arrivals and caused a revenue loss of about 10 billion baht, Charoen Wongananont, president of the Thai Travel Agents Association said.

Hat Yai to trump Phuket for Songkran?

Mcot
Hat Yai is claiming fully-booked reservations for the upcoming Songkran festival, compared to Phuket where reservations are low. Songkran is expected to circulate around 200 million baht in spending.

Phuket Tourist Association (PTA) president Somboon Jirayus said yesterday that tourism in the resort province this year has seen only 60-70 per cent of the check-ins for the same period last year. Mr Somboon added the country’s ongoing political turmoil has slowed down tourism activity considerably in Phuket.

Around 50 per cent of the charter flights from China to Phuket have been cancelled. The PTA president said new bookings have not been made either. He said the continuing unstable political situation is likely to drive tourists to travel to other areas.

Thai Protesters persevere

Tan Network
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan said that Thailand’s red-shirt movement will try in every way to accomplish its goal before the Songkran holidays. However, if they do not succeed by that time, protesters are prepared to prolong the rally. The red-shirt leaders also dismissed rumors that their group will end its rally on April 6, which is Chakri Day, when the Royal Family’s dynasty is celebrated. He also warned that if the military presence remains in Bangkok, more violence will break out and the capital will end up in the same way as the insurgency-ridden southern provinces.

Security Act extended in Thailand

The Jakarta Post
The Thai government has extended use of a stringent security law in the Bangkok area until April 7 as anti-government protests enter a third week. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban says the Cabinet voted Tuesday to approve an extension of the Internal Security Act, which was initially invoked ahead of the protests that started March 12.

The security law allows the prime minister to use the military to restore order if necessary. Suthep said the security law also will be invoked in the seaside town of Hua Hin from April 2-6 for a meeting of Asian leaders from countries that border the Mekong River.

Thai treatment of migrants poor

Asia Times Online
Thailand and Malaysia have been singled out again in recent human rights reports for their systematic and unchecked exploitation of their large migrant worker populations. Both countries depend on foreign workers for economic growth and cost competitiveness, but neither has taken sufficient steps to curb widespread abuses.

Citing national security concerns, Thailand announced in 2008 that its 1.3 million registered migrants would have to verify their nationality with officials from their own government, which would then qualify them for a temporary passport and a Thailand-issued work permit.

About 850,000 migrants registered with the Thai government by the March 2 deadline, but an estimated one million more undocumented workers from Myanmar failed to do so. Deportations began shortly after the deadline despite Myanmar’s politically volatile situation.

No thaw in Thai-Cambodia relations

Earth Times
The deputy head of Cambodia’s armed forces has accused the country’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is in France in self-imposed exile, of conspiring with Thailand to destabilize the nation. General Chea Dara, posted at the flashpoint Preah Vihear temple on the Cambodian-Thai border, made the allegations in a speech to a crowd of 1,000 students and government officials in Phnom Penh.

“The betraying opposition party leader Sam Rainsy has colluded with Thailand and sold himself to Thailand to let Thais invade Cambodia,” he said. Chea Dara was referring to events in mid-2008 as tensions rose at Preah Vihear after the 11th-century temple was registered by the UN cultural body UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. That move angered some Thai nationalists who claim the temple for Thailand.

— Gazette Editors

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

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



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

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

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

12 Covid-19 violators busted drinking on Patong Beach

Neill Fronde

Published

on

PHOTO: A group drinking on the beach was arrested for violating Covid-19 restrictions. (via Freepik)

12 violators of Covid-19 restrictions, of Thai and foreign origin, have been arrested and taken into custody by police for gathering and drinking in public on Patong Beach. The Covid-19 measures currently in place in Phuket ban all get-togethers involving alcohol, limiting the number that can drink together to just 2 people. The group were arrested for violating this order and for drinking in public.

According to the police the group had 3 foreign men in it along with 5 Thai women and 3 Thai ladyboys, so for those keen at maths the details of the 12th person were not revealed. The Covid-19 rule violators were arrested Friday night in Patong on the walkway along the beach on Thaweewong Road, the popular beachfront road.

Police noted the specifics of their liquor stash, confirming that the group had 2 bottles and 8 cans of Thai beer, 2 imported beers, 4 wine coolers, 4 soda waters, and 2 bottles of Thai liquor. The stash was confiscated by the police.

The perpetrators were brought to Phuket town to the Phuket City Police Station. There they were met by the Phuket Vice governors and medical personnel from Vachira Phuket Hospital. The medics administered swab sample Covid-19 test to each member of the group of restriction violators.

The Vice Governor reminded people that these restrictions were put in place after more than 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a small group of people drinking together. That is why the regulations allow just two people together when alcohol is involved. He stressed that police and government officials have been instructed to crack down on violators to try to quickly curb the spread of Covid-19 for a chance at reopening to international tourism July 1st.

Officials asked the public to work together to attempt to eliminate the spread of Covid-19 in Phuket and instructed anybody who sees violators of the Covid-19 restrictions to contact the police immediately. Sentence and fine details were not yet available for the group of 12.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Covid-19 mask violators in Phuket forced to exercise

Neill Fronde

Published

on

PHOTO: Pushups instead of a 6,000 baht fine at a Phuket checkpoint yesterday. (via video screenshot)

For those who have more pounds on their body than pounds in their pocket, exercise punishment seen in Phuket yesterday for mask violators may or may not be welcome. Officials have walked back the strict 6,000 baht punishment for the first warning against someone not wearing a mask and were spotted forcing those who have gone out without a mask to do exercise on the street.

The people forced to exercise were at a Covid-19 checkpoint in the Rawai subdistrict, where the Chalong Police along with local medical workers were checking people yesterday. The checkpoint was set up in an effort to push one hundred per cent mask compliance to stop the spread of Covid-19 on Phuket.

Not only were they checking everyone who passed by to make sure they had their masks, but also to correct those who were wearing their masks improperly. We’ve all seen the people who seem to think that a mask on their chin or underneath their nose is somehow just as effective as a properly worn mask, or at least that they can get away with “wearing a mask” while limiting their personal inconvenience.

Officials were quick to point out that the overwhelming majority of people passing through the checkpoint, both foreigners and Thai, did have their masks with them and were wearing them properly. But they did catch more than 10 people not wearing their face mask or not using them correctly.

Authorities decided to let them off with a first soft warning by moving bodies instead of moving baht. Police made violators do exercise right there on the street in hopes of shaming them into making better decisions next time. All violators did have their names and details taken down with a promise that if they were caught again proper traditional fines would be handed down.

No word yet on any plans to make this punishment into a Tik-Tok Channel.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Tourism

Thai public health and tourism ministers on Phuket to push the July 1 Sandbox reopening

Tim Newton

Published

on

Bangkok has sent a couple of ministerial heavyweights to Phuket today to keep pushing the July 1 ‘Sandbox’ bandwagon, insisting that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated tourists from July 1.

The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ,along with the Sports and Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, are doing the island PR tour today delivering a message from the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha who is confirming that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international tourists from the start of July.

Phuket has continued to rack up between 10-20 new Covid infections each day over the past week and still has hundreds of people listed as ‘active cases’. As of today 22% of the island has been vaccinated.

The original Phuket Sandbox model was intended to be quarantine-free. That issue was not made clear during today’s PR trip from the 2 ministers. The full details of how Phuket will open to international tourists, how those tourists might get to Phuket, or where they will visit on an island with its tourist infrastructure shutdown, have not been provided at this stage. It has also not been discussed how long the international tourists will have to remain on Phuket before travelling to other parts of the country.

The Phuket Governor welcomed the prime ministerial delegation to Provincial Hall at lunchtime saying that Phuket would progress with its plans to launch the Phuket Sandbox from July 1.

โ€œAll stakeholders who are frontline warriors working to solve the problem of the Covid epidemic situation have earned the goodwill and concern from Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also believes that Phuket is ready to prepare for the opening of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox on July 1 for sure.”

Phuket Province generated several hundreds of billions of baht of income for the country per year and Thailand relies heavily on tourism income. Indeed, second to Bangkok, Phuket was the government’s golden goose delivering decades of high tourism receipt returns.

Speaking to The Phuket News, Anutin said…

“The government is ready to act as soon as possible. This has been clearly proved, such as by the large number of vaccine doses that Phuket has been allocated to vaccinate the people in the area to cover all groups and be as safe as possible as the โ€˜Phuket Model’.

โ€œWhen the economy is good, everyone gets better, so use patience to believe that good things will follow”.

Another 100,000 Sinovac vaccines arrived on the island to be formerly handed over today by Minister Anutin. An additional 100,000 doses will arrive on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca vaccines are also due to arrive from June, daily reserved for people over 60 years old or people who have other health conditions which require the AZ vaccine instead of the Chinese manufactured Sinovac.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

๐Ÿ“ฑ Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
๐Ÿ“ง Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
๐Ÿ‘ Like/Follow us on Facebook
๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Continue Reading

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 months ago

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

Tourism2 months ago

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

Phuket2 months ago

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

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand3 months ago

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

Tourism3 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand โ€˜drug hubโ€™, Covid update | January 13

Thailand4 months ago

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

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Brydeโ€™s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand4 months ago

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

Trending