PHUKET: The fatal bombing near a tourism attraction in the heart of Bangkok will have an impact on Phuket’s tourism industry, experts told the Phuket Gazette today.
“The situation obviously affects tourism. Within three hours of the explosion, English, American and French Embassies had already sent out warnings to their citizens in Thailand. Within one hour, international television channels reported the attack worldwide,” said Satirapong Na Takuatung, president of the Phuket Tourism Association.
“It’s possible that tourists who were planning to come to Thailand will change their destination. However, I am not sure how much the attack will affect tourism, as there are many flights that were pre-booked. We’ll have to look in a few months to see if the number of bookings for Phuket turn out lower than last year.”
The association will hold a meeting on Friday to see what can be done to manage the situation.
Patong Entertainment Business Association President Weerawit Krueasombut also expressed his concern about the situation and its affects on Patong tourism.
“There are number of foreigners who died in the bombing, particularly Chinese, ‘Hong Kongese’ and Malaysians. I think it will definitely have an impact on Phuket tourism.
“Last night, all restaurants, bars and clubs were closed at 2am for security reasons. Tourists may hesitate to come back to Thailand again because of this.”
The association is fully cooperating with the local government and security sectors to help increase trust among tourists, confirmed Mr Weerawit.
“I think there is at least one CCTV camera in every shop in Patong. Also, having proper public relations is important in situations like these,” Mr Weerawit said.
However, Swiss tourist Eric Colombo, 67, believes that last night’s bomb will not have a big impact on Phuket tourism, if the government can control the situation.
“If it is a single occurrence, I don’t think the tourism industry will be affected much. However, should this incident repeat itself, then we will see a number of tourists choosing other destinations rather than Phuket and Thailand.”
Mr Colombo said that he is not worried about something similar happening on Phuket and has confidence in the local and national government.
“I trust that the government and police are doing their job in all seriousness. It may take some time, but sooner or later, we will know who planned the attack and why,” Mr Colombo said.
Mayanne Woon, a Malaysia tourist who visits Phuket annually, said she was shocked and appalled by the bombing.
“I am angry that people died and that Bangkok has been thrown into complete chaos, all because of the dastardly act of cowards who choose to terrorize innocent people,” Ms Woon said.
“I hope the government will act quickly and take the necessary precautions to ensure that the perpetrators are identified before they cause even more damage.”
Though the case has yet to even begin to be solved, Ms Woon said that the attack would not prevent her from visiting Phuket in the future, and that she believes that the government can handle the situation.
“Thailand has had many disasters and I am sure that the Thai people will pull through this one, too,” Ms Woon added. “I am looking forward to my trip to Phuket again next year.”
— Nattha Thepbamrung
Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room
PHOTOS: Phuket Hot News
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
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
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.
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.
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.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
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.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
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