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Poor support for long-stay tourism rapped

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PHUKET: Senator Suradech Yasawas, chairman of the Senate Committee for Tourism, and committee member Senator Paiboon Upatising of Phuket yesterday openly criticized the lack of government support for long-stay tourism, especially health-related tourism. Senators Suradech and Paiboon, along with 10 other committee members, arrived in Phuket yesterday for a two-day inspection tour of the island’s international-standard medical centers, to evaluate their role in attracting long-stay tourists. Speaking at the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, Sen Suradech said, “Phuket has had long-stay [foreigners] for a long time, without government support. The [national] government should support ‘health trips’ and allocate funds to developing health care facilities.” Sen Paiboon said, “The government has lost its way in [working out] how to support long-stay tourism. Right now, the long-stay industry is about 30% government and 70% private companies, which work for their own benefit. “The committee is considering how the government can become more involved with long-stay tourism,” Sen Paiboon said, noting that “medical care is one area that could do with improvement.” Suraphong Lukhanumarnjao, director of the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, said that, without government support, hospitals in Phuket had already developed many programs to attract tourists for long-stay “health trips”. These include rehabilitation centers, he said, and services such as traditional Thai massage, acupuncture, Thai herbal therapy and cosmetic surgery. He identified current Immigration procedures as one of many areas that require reform in order to help the industry. “Immigration procedures frustrate many people wanting to come here for long stays,” he said. He also suggested that Bangkok initiate a government-to-government medical insurance reimbursement scheme.



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Soldier attacked and killed by her husband over alleged affair in Rawai

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A female soldier has been attacked and killed by her soldier husband over an alleged sexual affair in Rawai today.

The Chalong Police were notified of the incident at 8.30am this morning at a hotel on Patak Road in Rawai.

Police arrived at the room to find the 39 year old woman, Ratchadaphon Mongkonrung, a Squadron Leader with the Thai air force. She was unconscious when police arrived and rushed to to Vachira Phuket Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

A 40 year old man from the air force (Master Sergeant), the husband of the woman, was waiting for police at the scene. He was taken to the Chalong Police Station.

Police say they checked with the hotel and found that they had been arguing as Nop-anan thought that his wife was having an affair with another man. He kicked her with his feet before calling for help.

The were married and had two children. Nop-anan is facing charges of attacking and killing another person.

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Phuket’s water supply in a critical situation

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Phuket’s water lords are now admitting the island’s water situation is in a critical situation – a situation they have had the power to avert but have chosen instead to ‘hope’ for monsoonal rains and go in search of alternative water sources to top up the dwindling catchment resources.

Phuket is now in the throws of a water shortage. The PWA says the water supply in Bang Ward Dam is only enough for the end of next month if no rain arrives.

The Phuket Water Work Authority manager Kraisorn Mahamat says, “The water in Bang Wad Dam (Kathu) is only enough up to the end of next month if there is no rain, while the other two reservoirs are enough until the rain comes.

Meanwhile some residents around the island have randomly had their water supply wither cut off completely or reduced to an useable trickle. Many are being forced to buy water from private water services. The sight of water trucks driving around the island’s roads has become common over the past month.

Phuket Irrigation says that authorities will now have to decrease the water supplies for residents to ensure that there is enough water until the end of this dry season. The issue of Phuket’s water management has become a hot topic on social media as residents and business question the management of the island’s water resources.

“We are solving the problem by buying water supplies from the private sector. We hope that we can handle the situation during this drought. Residents must help us to save water too.”

“Hope”. Yes, we checked. He said ‘hope’.

The Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansuppana says, “In the future we might have a project that can change sea water into freshwater or change wastewater into clean water if these water shortages continue.”

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Phuket’s ‘seastead’ is now a sad ‘homestead’ back on shore – VIDEO

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The Phuket seastead removal operation was a success yesterday, according to the Royal Thai Navy. The controversial seastead structure is now under guard at the Port of Thailand. The Royal Thai Navy says they are confident with the evidence they have for any litigation that may follow the removal of the structure from its offshore home, some 22 kilometres off the coast of Phuket.

About 300 navy officers were involved in the process removing the structure from the south east coast of the island yesterday morning.

Read more about yesterday’s pack-up and removal operation HERE.

The seastead finally arrived at the Phuket Deep Sea Port in Cape Panwa at about 10pm last night.

The Royal Thai Navy says they are not afraid of being sued over their actions.

The Ocean Builders Company has foreshadowed legal action over the Thai Government and Navy’s actions in relation to the seastead which was proposed to be the first of many similar structures for an offshore colony.

Read more about proposed legal action from Ocean Builders HERE.

PHUKETThe Royal Thai Navy today separated the 'seastead' structure from its pylon and floating pontoon today for its new home back at the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa where it will be held as evidence in whatever legal proceedings which are to follow.VIDEO: Kritsada Mueanhawong

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