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PHUKET CITY: A Phuket university has reignited the debate over casinos in Phuket by offering a course in casino and gaming management.

The Phuket campus of Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) has started to offer the 45-hour courses to masters degree and doctorate students, even though casinos are illegal in Thailand. The course has received approval from the Ministry of Education.

But when the Gazette contacted Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor) President Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr to ask for her thoughts on the course, she stated, “Phuket should be concentrating on taking care of its natural resources, to make it a world-class destination offering a range of activities for tourists, not on casinos.

“The only people who would make money from a casino on Phuket are the owners of the casino. And as tourists who came for the casino would probably just stay inside the casino, they wouldn’t be supporting other local concerns such as tuk tuk drivers, restaurants or fishermen.”

She continued, “Our society is decaying enough as it is, without illegal things that will destroy the morals of our youth being made legal.

“People should be looking for something that will improve society, not at casinos.”

The university offered its first Casino and Gaming Management elective between March 31 and April 30. Students were given lectures by professors from countries where gambling is already legal, and went on field trips to casinos at the Andaman Club hotel in Burma, just off the coast of Ranong, and Malaysia’s Genting Highlands.

The course is open to doctorate students and those in the university’s MBA International Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The Director of the MBA course program, Associate Professor Manat Chaisawat, told the Gazette that the elective had been introduced because casino and gaming management are as much a part of the hospitality industry as food service, accommodation, travel services and convention and meeting services.

Prof Manat said, “The casino and gaming industry is growing fast in Asia, in neighboring countries in particular.

“Masters students need to learn about this business as many of them will go on to teach in universities, not just in Thailand but in neighboring countries as well, so it is important they have a deeper understanding of the subject.”

Lecturers from the University of Houston, Texas, and Chulalongkorn University have been invited to teach classes, along with gaming consultants.

The 45-hour course costs 18,000 baht for masters degree students and 45,000 baht for doctorate students.

One masters student, who asked not to be named, commented that the Casino and Gaming Management class was about something that is part of the hospitality industry.

“We learned how to manage such a business, and we learned the positive and negative effects of this business,” said the student. “I think it would be a good idea to have a casino industry in Thailand; it would bring a lot of benefits to the government.”

Pattanapong Ekvanich, President of the Phuket Tourism Association, said it made sense for PSU to run the course because, he believes, gambling and casinos will be allowed in Thailand in the future.

However, said K. Pattanapong, “I don’t think we should have casinos in Phuket, because this is a place of natural attractions.”

But prominent businessman Phummisak Hongsyok believes there will be little support for the course.

“The government may have given the green light for this institute to teach this course, but I don’t think it has much support locally,” he said.

“I have heard that there are plans to open a casino in Phuket, but I don’t think it would bring much money into the country, as other places, such as Macau, Las Vegas and Singapore already have established industries that attract gamblers.

“The only people who would profit from this are the people who would build it, plus I don’t think we could control who would come here to use the casino. Would it be good for the government to make casinos legal? I don’t know.”

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

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