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Phuket a super-star for hotel performance

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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

Business Week
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?

BBC
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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‘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.

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

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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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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