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PHUKET: Phuket may benefit as THAI Airways ponders several measures to stem an alarming surge in ticket cancellations (10-20% in the last fortnight) and a plunge in new bookings triggered by Thailand’s escalating political turmoil.

The Bangkok Post reports that the flag carrier is considering drastic steps such as offering international flights directly to Phuket and other Thai destinations outside Bangkok.

Also under consideration are fare discounts and allowing ticket holders bound for Thailand to switch to other foreign destinations within the airline’s network with minimal fees.

In what appeared to some in Phuket as a kamikaze act last month, the national carrier hiked the price of an ‘economy’ class ticket on the Bangkok-Phuket route by 46%, while the Chiangmai-Phuket run was dealt a whopping 64% rise.

THAI’s plight threatens to intensify as 47 countries have advised their citizens to reconsider any non-essential travel to Thailand, while 10 others are asking their nationals not to visit the country at all.

Phuket extends Banyan Tree-tments to Singapore

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The award-winning Banyan Tree group, which started out as a single resort in Phuket in 1994, is set to open its first Banyan Tree Spa on its home ground, Singapore.

Founded by the entrepreneurial Singaporean husband and wife team Ho KwonPing and Claire Chiang, this is expected to be a fruitful homecoming for the Singapore-headquartered company.

Banyan Tree will design and operate the spa and health club on the 55th floor of the spectacular Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino.

All Banyan Tree spa therapists undergo a certified proprietary training program at the Banyan Tree Spa academies in Phuket, Bangkok and Lijiang, China to ensure a consistently high level of service and quality, the resort company says.

‘Love’ dinner loved in Phuket

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‘Love is a Four Letter Word’, the latest production from Phuket’s Andaman Players theater group, premiered to a full house last week at Mom Tri’s Villa Royale.

With its theme that took the audience through the voyage of love, the production did not disappoint. The musical comedy revue had something for everyone, including ballads, Shakespearean sonnets, comedy skits, poetry, dance and live music.

Accompanying the performance was a 3-course meal from Mom Tri’s own Maître-Cuisinier de France Chef Jean-Noël Lumineau.

Founded in 2008 and sponsored by the Phuket Gazette and PGTV, the Andaman Players now boast a cast of 14 actors supported by a number of writers, musicians, technicians and a growing number of enthusiastic fans.

Phuket has edge over Samui

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While images of riots in Bangkok have startled the world, the fallout for tourism in Phuket and Samui has not been as bad as expected, says Bill Barnett, managing director of C9 Hotelworks.

Mr Barnett says, “Every time something happens…Thailand eventually recreates itself…. It regenerates the value cycle because it drops rates.”

He goes on to explain that Phuket also has an advantage over Samui because it offers a wider variety of activities and can therefore attract repeat guests, unlike Samui where “they don’t have enough to do” to visit again.

“Although Samui has some terrific hotels opening there, the difference is that the island has the hardware but lacks adequate software,” he says.

Bangkok Crackdown imminent

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, on the topic of the increasingly confrontational anti-government protests declared yesterday that:

“From now on, what the government will do may risk clashes and losses, but the government knows what it’s doing. What needs to be done must be done.”

PM Abhisit also quashed rumors of martial law being imposed, despite the fact that it would help troops to decisively end the rally – by allowing detention without a court order, for example.

Some army commanders are reluctant to use force because of the inevitable bloodshed. On some evenings, tens of thousands of protesters gather together, women and children among them.

World support for Thailand

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Pressure for Thailand to accept international support regarding the ongoing political crisis is growing.

Amongst others, the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank appealed for foreign mediation.

“It is time for Thailand to consider help from international friends to avoid a slide into wider violence. Even the most advanced democracies have accepted this,” the ICG says.

Despite the Thai government insisting on dealing with the situation alone, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said last week that American diplomats were “intensively engaged in discussions” with Thai government officials and opposition forces, and EU diplomats said they have met with opposition figures as well.

— Gazette Editors

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

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