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PHUKET: This Sunday Phuket will host a major Muay Thai tournament in Patong, in honor of HM Queen Sikirit’s 81st birthday.

The tournament was announced by the President of the Amateur Muay Thai Association of Thailand (AMTAT) former Thai Army chief Gen Chetta Thanajaro last Saturday during a press conference at the Tiger Hotel in Patong.

The competition on Sunday will held in honor HM Queen Sikirit and is also aimed at disseminating the art of Thai boxing, which is a symbol of Thailand worldwide, and also to provide a chance for foreigners who are learning Thai boxing to be able to compete on stage.

Seven of the ten fights on the night will be between female fighters defending and challenging for a range of championship titles including the prestigious World Muay Thai Council (WMC) title currently held by Swedish fighter Teresa Wintermyr in the 118-pound weight class.

The best female fighter on the night will also be presented with the Queen’s Cup, donated by HM Queen Sikirit.

The press conference was also attended by other big names in international Muay Thai, including Secretary General of the World Muay Thai Council Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan and Deputy Mayor of Patong Chairat Sukabal.

“Patong municipality is ready to support all kinds of sport. Patong is like the living room of the country, so it’s our honor to set up this World Thai Boxing competition. In the future, tourism should come along with sport.” said Mr Sukabal.

“Now Thai boxing is popular around the world. Many foreigners come to train in it here. We can see that one source of our income is from these people. There are a lot of Thai boxing training centers, more [opening up] every year, and their standards continue to improve, making more tourists interested in Thai boxing,” he added

The tournament will be held at Bangla Boxing Stadium on Phang Muang Sai Gor Rd starting at 8pm, with tickets costing 2,500 baht for VIP seats, 2,000 for ringside seats and 1,700 for standard seats. Local champions talk Muay Thai

Local champions talk Muay Thai

The Phuket Gazette’s Mark Knowles caught up with two local female fighters who will be competing for the Queen’s Cup this Sunday; Amy Sharp from Sumalee Gym and Teresa Wintermyr from Sinbi Gym.

Can you tell us a little bit about the tournament?

Amy: It’s an event for Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday and its sanctioned by the WMC the World Muay Thai council. I competed when they held the first event here in Phuket last year. It had a number of title fights especially for female fighters, so basically it’s title defenses and more. There will be a lot of fighters with great titles competing but the WMC is one of the best titles I would say.

How long have you been involved in Muay Thai?

Amy: I’ve been doing it for four years, I started Muay Thai for weight loss reasons, because I was about 120 kilo’s before, I’d never done it before in England. I just started it when I came here, to work as a teacher at Phuket International Academy.

Teresa: I’ve been doing it for almost six years, I started here as well, I read in a magazine about a girl that came here to train in a Muay Thai camp in Thailand and I thought that sounded really interesting. I came here that first time and had my first fight and then [left Phuket before I] came back again, and now have been living here for five years.

Do you hold any Titles in professional Muay Thai?

Teresa: I hold the World Muay Thai Council world title for 118 pounds. I won that in December last year and I’ll be defending it on Sunday.

Amy: I’m challenging for a different title on Sunday, but I have a current title from the King’s Birthday [bout] when I fought in Bangkok and that one is from the World Professional Muay Thai Federation. So it will be a rematch with the same fighter but for a different championship.

Do you think training and competing in Muay Thai is becoming more popular with women?

Teresa: Definitely. It wasn’t very common when I started five or six years ago, but in the last two years it has really become more popular.

Amy: I thinks it’s people coming to watch it, and worldwide it’s becoming more and more popular and huge gyms are springing up everywhere.

There are more fight events [outside Thailand], so people are getting to know about it more, so more people are coming here to train. And obviously now there are events like the Queen’s Cup which are really good for female fighters.

Teresa: The level [of skill] is getting higher for girls, there is a lot of high-level girls now, before there was a lot of fighters, but they weren’t very good.

Why is Muay Thai your sport of choice?

Amy: For me it’s a good thing to stay focused and also to try and maintain a good weight and I just love being part of a team as well.

Teresa: I like the lifestyle, because you train twice a day and full time.So it keeps you healthy and you have to take care of yourself and you have something to do. It feels like more of a profession it’s not a hobby like it would be at home. I just like the lifestyle and it keeps me very healthy, mentally and physically.

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Salty tap water and dirty air – Bangkok’s environmental woes continue today

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Brackish tap water, with increased salinity caused by seawater back-flowing into the Chao Phraya River, is threatening the gardens in and around the Government House compound. Government House officials are seeking assistance from the Agriculture Department.

Several small tree species – Lamduan, Chor Sumalee, Rachavadi, Nom Maew and Hom Muenlee – are more vulnerable to brackish tap water. The gardens are watered from a supply pumped in from the Chao Phraya.

It’s been noted tha the saline level was around 400 milligrams per litre, still within the 1,000 mg/litre standard, but some of the species were already intolerant to the rising salinity.

Officials are seeking advice from the Agriculture Department about long-term measures to replant with species which would be more tolerant to the rising salinity of the water – situation they acknowledge will need to be managed in the short to medium term.

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SCREENGRAB: Air Visual

Meanwhile, air around the capital today continues to be universally poor to very poor with readings as high as 187 near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Light airs, dust problems from northern-easter provinces and hot continental air flowing across the capital, continue to haunt Bangkok. Even with many factories closed today, and traffic lighter than weekdays, Bangkok’s air has been recorded as the ninth worst city in the world for air pollution.

Right across the city the air quality readings are into the ‘unhealthy’ zone.

Chiang Mai, Lampang and Central Thailand are fairing no better – all with readings at least 3 times the Thai upper safe limit of 50 microns of 2.5micron particulate per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation sets its limit even lower at 25.

Pattaya has air quality readings today of 162, whilst even Phuket, in the south, is registering readings between 100 and 145 with reduced visibility today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Three massive condo developments along Phuket’s up-market Layan Beach

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Two new condo developments are going ahead in the Layan Beach area of Phuket’s up-market west-coast beach strip. And there’s another one underway next to the Dream Beach Club at the northern end of the Layan beach strip. All in all, another 1,200+ keys added to the available rooms along the Bang Tao/Layan Beach area.

On the northern side of Bangtao Beach, next to Maan Tawan and nearby Banyan Tree Phuket is the upcoming Sunshine Beach development. With a plan for 771 hotel and residences units on 12.6 rai, the high-density project is targeting Mainland Chinese buyers with pricing points reportedly starting from 4 million baht. Construction is expected to start in June of this year and complete in 2022.

From our discussion with sales staff the developer has claimed they have reached an agreement with the government for beach fronting facilities in the National Park strip in front of the project.

While in Layan next to Lotus Gardens is the upcoming 400 unit Layan Green Park. Pricing points run from 2.5 million baht. Unit configurations will range from studio, to one, two and three bedrooms. Guaranteed returns of 10% for a period of 10 years are being promoted.

Phuket’s Layan area is seeing a surge in new real estate led projects and rising land values. At the same time as these two projects are underway, next to the Dream Beach is an oceanfront luxury project promoting sales of Grand Beach Villa and Ocean View Suites tagged as ‘N5’. The developer of the project is VIP Thailand who have another project in Rawai.

Based on our research the primary source market tragets of these three projects are mainland Chinese and Russian buyers. Local concerns in the Cherngtalay area over mounting traffic, water shortages and strain on municipal infrastructure are becoming issues.

Traffic in and around the central Cherngtalay shopping district is becoming increasingly clogged with little hope for respite other than improved traffic management.

SOURCE: C9Hotelworks.com

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Minor International battles Marriott over popular Phuket hotel property in court

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Marriott International, the American international hotel company, has failed in its bid to secure an injunction in a Thai court to stop a legal claim filed by the Minor International group.

Minor International (MINT) says that its subsidiary MI Squared Ltd had filed a legal claim in a Thai court against Marriott International and the Thai subsidiary Luxury Hotels & Resorts (Thailand) for 570,605,134 baht. The claim is linked to the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Mai Khao, which is owned by MINT. In the statement, MINT accuses Marriott of “acting in bad faith” alleging “serious and repeated breaches of Thai law”, according to ttrweekly.com.

The complaint from MINT alleges that Marriott was openly competing with the JW Marriott Phuket through its operation of competing Marriott-branded hotels in Phuket. Claims are made that the Mai Khao hotel uses its facilities to promote Marriott’s other competing Marriott hotels. Another of the complaints accuses Marriott of forcing the JW Marriott Phuket to accept high volumes of low-margin business through the Marriott’s loyalty program.

According to the ttrweekly.com article, the legal dispute includes allegations that Marriott “misappropriated MINT’s confidential and proprietary information” to promote Marriott’s competing hotels and unlawfully benefit Marriott’s own interests at the expense of MINT. The JW Marriott Phuket remains under Marriott’s management for now but “the operating performance has been poor”.

MINT told shareholders total hotel revenue decreased from 920 million in 2013 to 876 million baht last year. Over the same period, gross operating profit fell from 409 million to 379 million baht.

(It should be noted that many of Phuket’s high-end hotels have suffered a similar revenue fall due to increased competition, competitive pressures pushing room rates down and, especially over the past 12 months, a shift in tourist demographics.)

Marriott International issued a statement to ttrweekly.com following a request for comment.

“Marriott International acknowledges that a subsidiary of Minor International has initiated legal action in Thailand against Marriott and one of its Thai subsidiaries. Marriott reiterates that such claim is meritless and should be heard in confidential arbitration.

Our Thai subsidiary recently secured an interim injunction in arbitral proceedings restraining MINT’s subsidiary from pursuing the action in Thailand. We subsequently agreed with MINT to suspend the Thai proceedings pending the final outcome of our ongoing arbitration. As we intend to comply with our contractual confidentiality obligations, we are unable to provide more information at this time.

We consider JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has performed well compared to the market. The dispute will have no impact on operations at the hotel, which continues to offer guests with world-class service and accommodations, a beachfront location and eleven culinary options.”

SOURCE: ttrweekly.com

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