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PHUKET: Andaman’s biggest hospitality expo, Andaman Hotelier 2015, will take place next month at Limelight Avenue with the full support of private businesses and government organizations.

Kritsada Tonsakul, president of the Southern Region Hotel Association, explained that Andaman Hotelier is the biggest skill-training expo for the hospitality circle in the Andaman area.

“There are eight departments, according to each career, joining us to help enhance hospitality under three goals; develop skills for better service, adjusting skills to match the continuously changing needs of customers and to promote hospitality innovation for more opportunities in the tourism business,” Mr Kritsada said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Chairing the event, Governor Nisit Jansomwong spoke of the industry’s importance to Phuket’s economy.

“The tourism industry is like the vein of Phuket that helps the province grow and be prosperous. The significant part of its success is the quality of people who work in the industry and are devoted to their jobs and never stop developing their skills,” Governor Nisit said, noting that the service sectors are the most important part of the hospitality business and the event would help people in this sector develop their skills.

“The event will help increase the quality of Phuket’s tourism industry, particularly in the service sectors, such as food and beverage, spa and massage, bartending, flower decoration, fruit and vegetable carving as well as hospitality, which are a huge part of Thai tourism,” he added.

Gov Nisit also noted that he is eager to see more Phuket-style signature services, such as Phuket-style spas, Phuket-style flower decoration and a ‘Phuket way of welcoming visitors’.

Apart from the provincial authority, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has also shown its support for the event.

“We are fully supporting tourism businesses, and Phuket is the destination for quality relaxation. The way to bring quality to Phuket tourism is to encourage quality tourism businesses. This event will help enhance that,” said Anoma Wongyai, director of the TAT Phuket office.

TAT will support this year’s expo by bringing on board Chef Chumpol Jaengprai. The famous chef from television’s Iron Chef Thailand, will hold a workshop for Phuket and Andaman chefs, creating innovative cuisine that consists of local ingredients but with a new flair, Ms Anoma confirmed.

The three-day event, that is expected to draw more than 30,000 participants, will be held from September 17 to September 19.

Activities will be categorized into three zones; skill competitions, including cooking, barista, decorating and towel folding; and training and workshop zones, including a workshop by Singaporean beverage expert Din Hussen.

Also available will be marketing training under the topics, ‘New Marketing Trends’ and ‘The Future of Hotel Marketing’, as well as a ‘Lean Supply Chain’ lecture.

In addition, producers and suppliers will have products avaiable for sale at special expo prices.

— Nattha Thepbamrung

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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to propose Guangzhou-Phuket tourism route

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A tourism route from Guangzhou, China to Phuket could help the island province recover from the recession brought on by the pandemic and lack of foreign travel, according to the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The president of the organisation, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, says they plan to submit a letter proposing the route under a travel bubble scheme to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce is proposing a travel bubble with around 20 cities in China with no recent coronavirus infections and considered to be at a low risk of spreading the virus. Travellers from Guangzhou recently entered Thailand on the new Special Tourist Visa. It was the second flight of international tourists since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

“We believe that the Travel Bubble and the quarantine reduction will resolve the tourism business, which is a huge economic opportunity to recover.”

Once a vaccine is widely available, Narongsak suggests that those who wish to Thailand could also present their vaccination certificate or examination reports from the place of origin. He adds that the mandatory state quarantine period is likely to be reduced.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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