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Tourism Minister sets ICEC decision deadline

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PHUKET CITY: Tourism and Sports Minister Dr Suwit Yodmanee yesterday announced that August 24 will be the deadline for Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit to decide on a location for the long-awaited International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC).

Dr Suwit set the deadline at a meeting at the Phuket Merlin Hotel – one of several meetings being held by the minister to gather feedback from government officers during his tour of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.

Speaking to Gov Niran, Dr Suwit said, “Phuket attracts more than 80 international meetings each year. It’s important for the Ministry of Tourism to support Phuket in having a convention center. I need Phuket to quickly decide on a location by itself, and if you have any problems, please ask us.”

However, Dr Suwit said that any budget from the central government must wait until the next budget year, which begins October 1.

“I know that deciding on a location is difficult for the province because all three private investors have submitted good locations, and Phuket must now consider which location will best match the government’s interests,” he said.

(Click here for full story on private company site proposals for the ICEC.)

Dr Suwit also said that he had received positive feedback from many countries about the tsunami evacuation drill on July 25, and he called for tsunami evacuation drills to be held twice a year to boost tourists’ confidence.

“Next year the Asian Disaster Prevention Center will have about 23 countries, including seven African countries, that will be connected to a central tsunami warning system. Every country affected by the tsunami has placed being part of the warning system as a high priority,” he said.

Gov Niran, however, raised the problem of illegal Korean tour guides working in the Phuket.

Dr Suwit replied, “I have received information from the TAT [Tourism Authority of Thailand] that says there are not enough Thai guides to cater to [to the large numbers of] Korean tourists.

“I suggest Phuket hold a nation-wide campaign to find Thais who speak Korean well. Once we have enough Thai guides to serve the Korean tourist market, I will make sure that Thai guides will be the guides for Korean tourists – not Koreans.

“It is illegal for non-Thais to work as tour guides in Thailand. Phuket must get serious in dealing with this problem – and Phuket is the top tourism destination in Thailand for Koreans, so they are an important target group of tourists.”

Gov Niran took the opportunity to suggest to Dr Suwit that Phuket have not one, but three mobile CCTV units. “Phuket is successfully using the 36 CCTV cameras installed around the island now, but it would be perfect if we had three mobile CCTV units – one for each district. They aren’t expensive and they can move around to monitor different areas.”



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Immigration police interview Phuket’s ‘seasteader’

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Immigration police says they’ve have questioned the American bitcoin investor who was involved in the setting up of the “seasteading” structure off the coast of Phuket and is facing criminal charges related to the waterborne homestead.

Chad Andrew Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend, Suprenee Thepdet (aka Nadia Summergirl), launched their seastead project on February 2 off the coast of Phuket along with the company ‘Ocean Builders’.

The structure is located to the south east of Koh Racha Yai, approximately 22 kilometres from the mainland. The Royal Thai Navy and Phuket Maritime personnel boarded the structure last Sunday insisting it violates the law and poses a navigational hazard.

Elwartowski posted on his Facebook on Tuesday that he and his partner were in hiding and feared for their lives, as they were being hunted down by the authorities. He later deleted the post.

On Wednesday, Immigration police revoked his visa and put him on a blacklist following the legal suit.

Meanwhile the The US Embassy in Bangkok says they’re providing consular assistance to Mr Elwartowski who is  accused of violating Thailand’s sovereignty by building the structure off the coast of Phuket.

“The Embassy is providing all appropriate assistance and understands Elwartowski has engaged an attorney,” according to Robert Post, the US Embassy Public Affairs Officer.

Meanwhile, Phuket deputy governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai was preparing information to present to the embassy if it required a further explanation.

While Elwartowski has claimed that his waterborne homestead (seastead) is outside Thailand’s maritime boundaries, Thai authorities have insisted that its existence violated Article 119 of the Criminal Code because Thailand’s territorial rights were disturbed.

“The harm was done because they had sent an invitation seeking people to set up [additional] structures and so far 14 people [have shown an] interest to join,” he explained.

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Prawit instructs the Royal Thai Navy to take action against the Seastead

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PHOTO: Chad Elwartowski and Nadia ‘Summergirl’ – in the centre of a Seastead storm

Deputy PM, and Defence Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the Royal Thai Navy and security agencies to take action against the planned seasteading settlement on the Andaman Sea off Phuket “in accordance with international standards of practice and to ensure the protection of Thai natural resources.”

American Chad Andrew Elwartowski and his Thai wife, Nadia ‘Summergirl’, had, along with ‘Ocean Builders’ erected a ‘seastead’ as part of his ambitious plan to build a sovereign seasteading settlement on the high seas about 22.2 km south- east from Phuket’s Racha Island.

Thai authorities, however, say the structure will block a shipping lane and deemed the project a “threat to national security”, prompting the Thai Immigration Bureau to revoke the non-immigrant visa of the Detroit resident and add his name to a blacklist as police search for the couple.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich says that General Prawit, in his capacity as Defence Minister, will consult the law to determine whether the sovereign seasteading community, planned by the Ocean Builders Company, constitutes a violation of Thai law regarding natural resources protection because the project is located in Thailand’s exclusive economic zone.

Thai PBS has incorrectly named the man’s nationality as French. Mr Elwartowski is American.

More information about the Seastead project and ‘Ocean Builders’ HERE.

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Give your stretch marks a makeover – the tattoo solution

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Stretch marks, we’ve all seen them and many of us have a few. Both men and women can be affected. But Inked In Asia has a possible solution.

Stretch marks are a natural indication that your body is growing and changing. It can be said that it’s your body’s way of ‘celebrating’ your growth – many would disagree.

They are part of many people’s lives so why not turn them into works of art with a stretch mark tattoo. Stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of so let’s give them a tattoo make-over.

When elastin fibers and collagen tear during weight gain, pregnancy or even puberty, the skin’s color and texture is damaged forever. Stretch marks can fade from when they first appear, but they might leave behind mildly indented streaks that won’t return to the original smooth skin.

Some treatments and creams can help by improving the colour of the stretch marks or promoting collagen growth, but there is no true way to get rid of these unsightly blemishes. Trying to get damaged skin to fill out and return to its original colour is very difficult, even for the best dermatologist.

A new trend is the covering up stretch marks with tattoos. Now a normal ‘cover up tattoo’ consists of going over an existing tattoo with new ink, adding or completely changing the original tattoo.

But there’s another solution to those that want a more subtle approach which can be used to disguise some stretch marks.

The technique of matching the skins natural tone by mixing tattoo ink, is more of an art than a scientific process. People’s skin has a dynamic range of colours from reds, yellows, browns and greys and getting the exact tone needs expert evaluation and technique. The tattooing then begins, hiding and disguising stretch marks and giving confidence back to clients.

Click HERE to contact Inked In Asia’s Tattoo Studio to arrange a FREE consultation appointment and discuss your stretch mark tattoo make-over.

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