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Tossaporn pushes for Phuket conference center and sports complex

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PHUKET: Funds for Phuket’s long-awaited convention center are to be included in next year’s budget, according to Phuket MP Tossaporn Thepabutr. If the budget is approved, the center could be finished within three years.

The convention center has been on the drawing boards for well over a decade. The center was initially proposed to be built on reclaimed land off Saphan Hin in Phuket City, but disagreements over whether that was the optimal location and political factors have kept the project from becoming a reality.

In October 2007, a provincial government committee finally decided on a 350-rai plot of land in Mai Khao that would allow the project to go forward without incurring land costs because the site falls under the Treasury Department’s State Property Management and Service Office, (or Ratchapassadu).

In July last year, however, the Ratchapassadu said it had allocated a 150-rai plot of land at Tah Chat Chai for the project.

Mr Tossaporn has said the proposed 150-rai area should be doubled in order to surround the center with green areas that would make the facility more attractive.

In January, the MP said that he expects a government budget of between 200 and 300-million baht to be made available in 2010 for a feasibility and environmental impact study.

Under the governorship of Niran Kalayanamit, plans to finance the building of the center with funding from ING Funds (Thailand) were drawn up, but political instability and the provisions of the public-private partnership act further delayed the project.

Mr Tossaporn is also pushing for a 17.5mn baht budget to commission new plans for a sports complex in Mai Khao, another project that has been on the drawing boards for many years.

The Phuket MP says that a businessman involved with the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix is interested in building the complex with private funds. Mr Tossaporn did not reveal the identity of the investor, but said that he is interested in renting the 238-rai plot earmarked for the complex and investing all of the capital himself.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has already spent seven million baht on a design for the complex. Mr Tossaporn, however, said that the design was too skewed toward tennis and the space could be better used.

“Personally, I’m looking to put the space inside the complex to better use than in the original design. We have to use the complex to answer all the problems we have in promoting sports tourism,” Mr Tossaporn said.

To be worth the land and investment, the complex would have to be able to attract athletes, sports scientists and trainers from around the world, he said.

Mr Tossaporn is pushing for the funds for the redesign to be included in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports 2010 budget.

If that is unsuccessful, he will push for it to be included in the mid-year budget, or for the funds to be allocated from the economic stimulus package, he said.

He gave no indication of the time-scale for the project.

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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.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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