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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation expands into Bangkok

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PHUKET: Phuket’s renowned animal welfare charity Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) has joined forces with the Bangkok-based Soi Cats and Dogs organization (SCAD) to launch operations in the Thai capital.

SCAD, a well established and highly regarded Thai foundation, will be integrated into SDF and Phimpakarn Petpichetchien appointed General Manager of the new operation, SDF’s founder John Dalley announced in press release today.

Mr Dalley believes it is the first step in establishing a national organization dedicated to humanely tackling the problems associated with stray dog and cat populations.

“Bangkok has a massive problem but is blessed with a large number of Thai people and groups who are working extremely hard to both find a solution to the problem and provide care for the many injured and sick animals in the city.

“SCAD is a tremendous organization which has achieved a great deal, but it is felt that by integrating with SDF far more can be done than working separately,” he said.

“SDF-SCAD Bangkok will be very much a Thai-run operation with SDF providing the necessary facilities and finance to support them,” he added.

President of the SCAD advisory committee, Annelize Booysen, echoed Mr Dalley’s comments, saying, “Joining forces with SDF is an excellent opportunity to combine our skills and resources to make a real difference in improving the lives of street animals in Bangkok and later in the rest of Thailand.

“SDF has always been a partner to us – albeit at a distance – and we are very proud to be joining them now in the fight for improved animal welfare in Thailand,” she said.

Mr Dalley stressed that this would in no way affect the SDF’s work in Phuket, where an ambitious program to increase sterilizations to 10,000 per year will commence once additional vets and dog teams have been recruited and trained.

“We have now contacted all local OrBorTor [local government authorities] bar one, with a view to establishing full cooperation in instigating local mobile clinics throughout the island over the next two years. All are in favor of this plan, which will commence this summer,” he said.

Mr Dalley said that the increased number of sterilizations will see Phuket’s stray dogs under total control in two years. However, he pointed out that although the number of stray dogs has reduced over the past eight years, the unsterilized dogs are now producing significantly larger litters with a higher survival rate because of the reduced numbers.

“By increasing sterilizations to 10,000 per year we will be able to overtake the birth rate. Once under control, a maintenance operation will be required to sterilize puppies dumped by owners who refuse to have their dogs sterilized, and allow us to focus on new areas,” he explained.

However, Mr Dalley believes problems will continue in Patong unless there is a change in attitude.

“Whilst we focus on the unsterilized dogs the local authority persist in disposing of sterilized dogs rather than allowing them to remain, meaning the problem will never be solved,” he said.

“SDF will not cooperate with Patong OrBorTor [Municipality] while they continue to refuse to admit what they are doing with the dogs being removed,” he stated.

“Their statement that they are taking the dogs to the Government Dog Pound is refuted by the Phuket office of the Department of Livestock, who manage that facility.

“We will of course continue to respond to calls from the general public regarding unsterilized and injured dogs in Patong,” he said.

Mr Dalley also called on the Government of Phuket to impose a ban on the import and sale of non-vaccinated, unsterilized puppies, coming mainly from puppy farms in Bangkok.

He stressed that not only did this pose a risk of introducing rabies to the island, but also exacerbated the stray dog situation as many end up being dumped at temples and on the streets.

“Dozens of puppies crammed into wire cages can often be seen at the cargo terminal at the airport destined for sale at markets and temple fairs. The puppies are generally four to five weeks old and cannot be vaccinated at that age,” Mr Dalley said.

To learn more about Soi Dog Foundation and SCAD see www.soidog.org and www.SCADbangkok.org



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Beam me up Phuket – new space theme hotel for the island

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A 150 key space themed hotel is under development in Kathu, Phuket, by a Singaporean group .

Located close to the Central Festival and Makro complexes, the project is expected to open next year according to a report in TTG Asia.

The One Pioneer – Beyond Space Travel hotel say it’s “highly focused on an outer space storyline and will have an indoor observatory”.

Janette Lee, founder and CEO, says the hotel is poised to open sometime in 2020.

“Tourism business in Thailand and in Phuket will continue to grow but there is still a lack of new attractions. Our vision is to bring to life the dreams of mankind for an experience of space on earth. Our target markets will be both local and international tourists.”

According to Lee, the company is seeking partners from Thailand or elsewhere to complete the project. She has had discussions with potential partners and investors during the South East Asia Hotel Investment Summit which took place in Bangkok last week.

Prior to entering the tourism business, Lee had sold her private education business and social enterprise in Singapore. She also used to work in the financial sector.

The project cost is estimated at $40 million.

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Skål International heads to Phuket, June 2020

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by Paul Poole

Tourism industry professionals from all over the world are expected to descend on Phuket between June 25-27, 2020, for the 49th edition of Skål Asia Congress.

With more than 15,000 members in almost 90 different countries, Skål International is the world’s largest organisation of tourism professionals. Through countless local, national and international events, Skål International promotes global tourism and networking, pursuing topics of common interest.

Founded in France in 1934 following a trip to Scandinavia (“skål” means cheers), Skål International has since grown to almost 400 clubs in more than 90 countries around the world. Uniting various branches of the travel and tourism industry, its members, which include industry managers and executives, work to maximise networking on a global scale and promote a responsible tourism industry.

The Skål Congresses are held across the world and attract stakeholders from various parts of the tourism industry. Held at Laguna Phuket, Skål Asia Congress 2020 is an opportunity for Skål members in Asia to meet and discuss the trends and ideas in the tourism industry as well as network with their peers around a theme of “Go Eco 2020 – Ecological & Sustainable Tourism”.

Attendees will include airlines, travel and tour companies, online booking portals (OTAs), hotel owners and GMs, luxury cruise ship industry, technology companies selling hotel and web based services, telecoms, website services and discount programs.

The Skål Congresses are known for incorporating the host location and using local partners to arrange formal and informal excursions and events. Skål Asia Congress 2020 will feature a Pan-Asian ecological showcase and exhibition, a Phuket street food cocktail reception, OTOP (One Tambon One Product) showcase and tourist tours.

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An ‘ancient cannon’ found underwater off Koh Racha Noi

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An investigation has been launched after an object, similar to an ancient cannon, was found near Koh Racha Noi off Phuket’s southern coast.

Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos says he was informed that the object looked similar to an old cannon and was found underwater off the island.

Mayor Aroon dived under water to check out the object for himself. He says it measures 1.3 metres in length and a ‘box’ was found on the sand nearby.

Mayor Aroon says these objects were first noticed last year by Woraphing Yothasut, a boat captain who found both objects at the same time. The captain says he told his friends but claimed “no one was paying attention”. This time he told the Rawai Mayor.

Today navy officers and officials from the Fine Arts Department are investigating the two objects and planning a possible recovery.

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