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New-look Phuket FC to take on Trang in pre-season friendly

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PHUKET: Football fans will get a chance to see the new-look Phuket FC in action for the first time this year, with the Islanders set to take on Division 2 Southern regional champions Trang FC later today.

The pre-season friendly match will be played at Surukal Stadium with a 4pm kickoff. Admission is free for all.

Operating with an estimated annual budget of about 90 million baht – three times that of last season – the Islanders have been extremely active in the transfer market.

The team has brought in around 10 new players to bolster the squad so far, with still more signing announcements expected before the regular season commences in early March.

The one and only season goal: promotion to the elite Thai Premier League.

Several familiar players, however, will not be helping them reach that goal.

The team no longer have Ivorian striker Makalou “Kanoute” Ibrahim, who returned to SCG Muang Thong United; Kanoute played for Phuket FC last season on loan from the 2012 Thai Premier League (TPL) champions.

Also departing Phuket were Brazilian midfielder Marcio Santos and Korean midfielder Byeon Seong Won, who both have transferred to Rayong United, one of four teams recently promoted to the Thai first division as a result of the 2012 AIS Champions League playoffs. (The other three teams were Trat FC, Rayong FC and Ayutthaya FC.

Another key player who left Phuket and transferred to another Division 1 rival this season was star Thai striker, Thawin Butsombat, who has joined rivals Bangkok FC.

Thawin was a leading scorer for Phuket last season after he had been out for most of the 2011 season due to a major leg injury.

Nonetheless, fans will get to see Thawin, Santos and Seong Won in at least four matches this season, albeit on the opposing team.

Another player not on this year’s roster is Roland “Pato” Vargas, the Bolivian/Brazilian midfielder who joined Phuket midway through last season.

Pato has returned to Brazil, the Phuket Gazette has learned.

Filling in the gap left behind is a new promising lineup of players to be put to test later today.

Transferring to Phuket from PTT Rayong was Korean midfielder Yagin Chun, who has been reunited with his twin brother at Phuket FC, Boas Chun.

Also in the midfield, the Islanders will employ two skillful foreigners including Georgian midfielder, Giorgi Tsimakuridze, 29, who transferred from TPL side Bangkok Glass, as well as French midfielder Geoffrey Doumeng, 33, a transfer from Chonburi FC, the TPL 2012 runners up.

Doumeng has played for Montepellier in France’s Ligue 1, among others.

Leading the attack will be 25-year-old Brazilian striker, Luiz Eduardo Purcino or “Dudu”, who transfered from Thai Premier League side, Osotspa Saraburi FC.

Helping out in defense will be imposing center back, Moudourou Swa Moise, an experienced 27-year-old Cameroonian, joining on loan from Suphanburi FC.

Fan favorite, Phuket’s longest-standing foreign player, Nenebi Tre Slyvester remains at the club and fans will be hoping he can form a formidable partnership with Moudourou Swa Moise.

The Islanders conceded 48 goals in the Yamaha Thai Division 1 last season and scored 41.

Also assisting with defensive duties will be star Thai defender Nonthaphan “Boem” Jiensathawong, known for his deadly free kick.

Young and promising goalkeeper, Kampol Phatomakkakul, a former pupil of Satree Phuket School, has been called up to represent Thailand’s football team in the 27th SEA Games to be held in Myanmar, meaning he will miss the team’s pre-season friendly against Trang today.

Though Trang won the AIS Southern region title title last year, it failed, along with regional runners up Pattani FC, to get promoted from the champions league playoffs.

In any case, the southern friendly should yield a number of goals, and a number of fans likewise.

Additional reporting by Steven Layne.

— Andrew Scott & Wisuwut Romin

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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.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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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

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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