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PHUKET: According to data compiled by STR Global Hotels and reported by Hotel News Now, the Asia/Pacific region, and most notably Phuket, experienced increases in all three key performance metrics for March 2010.

“The Asia/Pacific region is still leading the way in the global recovery”, said Elizabeth Randall, managing director of STR Global. “It has posted five consecutive months of occupancy, ADR [average daily rate], and RevPAR [revenue per available room] increases, fueling a 23-percent RevPAR jump in the first quarter of 2010.”

Highlights from key market performers for March 2010 include the fact Phuket was second only to Beijing in experiencing the region’s largest occupancy increases, with Phuket up 32.4% to 77.3%, versus Beijing’s 33.8% to 67.1%.

And four markets reported RevPAR increases of over 40%, with Phuket leading the way at 55.7% to US$103.36, followed by Brisbane, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Phuket property web in limelight

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Phuket.Net Real Estate received a prestigious award at this year’s Asia Pacific Property Awards, presented in association with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong earlier this month.

The real estate agency was awarded a “Highly Commended” prize, in the Best Agent Website category, for its Phuket property site.

The awards, which are part of the International Property Awards, are now in their 16th year and widely considered the blue-chip competition for real estate professionals around the world. Underlining its eminent status was the fact that this year’s event included representatives from 19 countries across the region.

“We are extremely honoured to receive such a prestigious award bestowed by our industry peers,” said Kit Fordham, general manager and co-founder of Phuket.Net Real Estate.

Phuket resort hot-listed

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Andara Resort & Villas Phuket has hit the coveted Conde Nast Traveler (USA) Hot List for 2010. Conde Nast’s Hot List one of the International travel industry’s most prestigious selections of best new hotels. 

The magazine’s review of high-end hotels opened over the past 12 months highlighted Andara’s generous in-room gadgetry and exceptional kitchen facilities. Further praise was given with the words “arguably Phuket’s plushest”.

The resort’s stunning views over the Andaman Sea were also noted.

“We are honoured to receive this level of recognition from Conde Nast Traveler (USA)”, said Andrew Whitaker, General Manager.

Oldies boost Phuket

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Asian economies are expected to fully recover from the effects of the global recession, with the medical tourism and retirement sectors, both of which are prominent in Phuket, touted as sunrise industries that will propel the economic growth of the whole region.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) earlier said that developing Asia’s GDP would grow by 7.5% this year, a big leap from 5.2% in 2009. The projected growth rate is higher than those of other parts of the world.

Asian countries, including Thailand, and particularly Phuket, are gaining popularity as retirement havens, with growing numbers of senior citizens from Western countries leaving their homeland for tropical destinations.

Meeting the needs of this “silver market” is seen to be a major economic driver not just for the healthcare industry in the region, but also for the property sector.

Medical tourism healthy

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Even as Bangkok suffers the protests and fallout from political unrest, Thailand’s medical-tourism industry has been surprisingly resilient.

Since the demonstrations started last month, the stock price of Bumrungrad Hospital, probably the premier destination in Thailand for international patients, is only down about 8 percent.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Chain Hospital is down just 1 percent and Bangkok Dusit Medical is actually up by 0.8 percent.

The benchmark Thai index is down 1.7 percent.

The timing of the Red Shirt revolt explains much of the downtrend, according to analyst Raweenuch Piyakriengkai of KGI Securities. He suggests that the second quarter of the year is low season for the health-care sector, regardless of what’s happening in the streets.

“It is [primarily] the off-peak tourism season, which means less international patient traffic,” he says.

Protests: Compromise in sight?

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Red-shirt protesters and the Thai army have made tentative peace overtures on the condition that parliament is dissolved in one month – a change from the previous call for immediate dissolution and elections.

The conditional offer of talks was made by red-shirt leader Veera Musikapong.

“After the House dissolution, the government will have another 60 days to prepare for elections. In total it will be 90 days… but the government has to stop threatening people and show responsibility for what has happened.”

Meanwhile, army commander-in-chief Anupong Paojinda declared that the use of force would “not end the current problems and would have many repercussions.”

“The army’s job now is to take care of the people, and not allow Thais to attack each other,” he said.

— Gazette Editors

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

If you are interested, or know someone who could fit the job, send an email to THAIGER EDITOR at info@thethaiger.com

 

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