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University “taking a gamble’ with casino course

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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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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.

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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

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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