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KATA: A multi-point Phuket Action Plan drawn up by the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) to speed the recovery of Phuket’s battered tourism industry has been accepted by a WTO Emergency Session that drew togther representatives from 40 countries.

The multi-point plan, approved during the session held yesterday and today at the Kata Beach Hotel, contains the following strategies:

– Immediate financial assistance for small tourism businesses;

– Communication of the current operational status of Phuket’s resorts;

– Diversification of tourism products including more cultural and nature-based activities and a move away from the traditional “sea-and-sand” options;

– Training of new staff and retraining of existing staff to meet tourists’ expectations;

– More “added-value” or complementary offers and promotions from, for example, restaurants, tour operators and shops;

– Realistic and up-to-date travel advisories issued by government of countries from which tourists come.

Dr Harsh Varma, the WTO Chief of Technical Cooperation, said of the plan, “[It] is a catalyst for cooperation among the member states of the WTO and the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) countries as well as all varieties of organizations, private businesses and academic institutions [in the region].”

Dr Varma also said that both internal and external partners will be encouraged to sponsor and implement projects from the plan, when they correspond with their capabilities and financial resources.

Maximizing the use of the existing tourism infrastructure will, he said, help small tourism-related businesses and their employees survive the recovery period.

“[The WTO] must restore travelers’ confidence in the region so that visitor flows resume as quickly as possible,” said Dr Varma.

The presentation contained plans for Phuket and other areas of Thailand affected by the tsunami and also for regions of other countries – notably Sri Lanka, The Maldives and Indonesia – which were hit.

Dr Varma also said that systems should be put in place that strengthen the sustainability of the affected destinations and divided this secondary plan into four areas:

– Marketing and communications;

– Community relief;

– Educational and training;

– Sustainable redevelopment.

The WTO and other organizations, as well as individual countries will, he said, work with the United Nations on disaster reduction and mitigation programs in the region.

One of the marketing strategies put forward was a so-called “Big Ticket Solidarity Day” whereby air passengers in the affected zones could win two free tickets to one of the affected countries.

He also said that hotels, resorts, newspapers and tour operators could organize other promotional giveaways.

“[They] could offer prizes of a holiday to one of the tsunami-affected destinations.”

Other ideas put forward to rebuild confidence among foreign and Thai tourists include a global advertising campaign showing “business as usual” in Phuket’s beach resorts.

The WTO has waived participation fees for countries of affected regions at tourism fairs including the FITUR (International Tourism Trade Fair) in Madrid recently, ITB (International Tourism Bourse) Berlin in mid-March and and SATTE (the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange) in New Delhi in April.

International tourism organizations are collaborating to hold a special event dedicated to tsunami recovery on March 10, the day before ITB Berlin begins.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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