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PHUKET: An editorial in eTurboNews opines that political unrest in Thailand over the past few weeks now presents the greatest challenge to the reputation of Thai tourism since the December 2004 tsunami.

The travel industry site suggests Phuket and other areas of Thailand less affected by political violence should be promoted as “entirely separate” destinations. Promoting tourism to Phuket, which is a well-serviced gateway point, or Chiang Mai, rather than to Thailand as a whole, would be a wise tactic.

The traveling public sees Thailand as dangerous, but not Phuket. So far, the Tourism Association of Thailand’s major response to the turmoil in Bangkok has been to offer a range of incentives to visit Thailand, but the association now needs to become more specific in terms of the places it should be selling as attractive destinations.

Tourists worry about violence spreading

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Qantas says flights into Thailand are running as normal, but it is offering customers a full fare waiver if they want to cancel their trip.

A spokeswoman says so far there have not been many cancellations.

However, yesterday an Australian travel company cancelled 11 tours to Bangkok that were due to leave in the coming weeks. Hoteliers in Phuket confirm cancellations from the Australian market, mostly tour group bookings.

Australian National University professor Dr Andrew Walker maintains other regional centres could be affected by the conflict in the Thai capital. “I think there is a considerable possibility that we could see some protest activities and perhaps some conflicts in centres like Chiang Mai,” he says.

Centara opening soon in Phuket

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Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts is to expand its portfolio of hotels in Phuket with the opening of the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket in October this year.

The new hotel is one of the few at Karon to be set directly at the edge of the sand, most of the existing properties being on the other side of the busy beach road.

“We have been greatly encouraged by the success of our Krabi and Pattaya properties, which are proving to have broad appeal for both the adult and the family markets,” said Gerd Steeb, president of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is also fully equipped for meetings.

The five-star resort is Centara’s fourth property in Phuket.

Phuket Raceweek renewed

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Six Senses Phuket Raceweek will again see competitors engaging in battle on the waters off Phuket’s southeast coast, from July 21-25.

Phuket Raceweek this year will also mark the opening leg of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix (AYGP). A selection of top class racing events, the AYGP sees the finest teams compete over the season in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines as well as Thailand.

World supercar brand Jaguar, co-sponsor for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2010, is also set to premiere its latest luxury saloon car, the All New XJ, at Asia’s fastest growing regatta.

The Phuket Gazette and PGTV are media sponsors of this event and will be covering it on a daily basis.

Tourism hammered

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The intensifying political violence has pounded Thailand’s tourist industry, with arrivals down by about one third, Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa said on Tuesday.

The number of incoming passengers at Suvarnabhumi airport had dwindled from an average 30,000 to 20,000 passengers a day, as foreigners were concerned about the widespread chaos and the security situation, Mr Chumpol said.

He said 19 countries had warned their people to avoid visiting Thailand at this time.

The government had earlier hoped that tourism to the South, particularly Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi and Samui, would see a boost, “but it is now more difficult as foreigners think the unrest is occurring nationwide.” the minister said.

He said the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) had prepared plans to stimulate tourism in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

— Gazette Editors

 

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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.

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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