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Phuket boat show rumbles – a new show announced

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There used to be one Phuket boat show, then there was two, then there was the two coming together as one… and now there is a new event. Royal Phuket Marina are putting together their own show with Andy Dowden, of PIMEX fame, the principle organiser of the new Phuket Yacht Show. The new show is being planned for January 3-6, 2019, a week ahead of the scheduled ‘Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous’.

But first a quick history.

First there was PIMEX which was an annual showcase for all things ‘nautical’ held at the Royal Phuket Marina. It was a well-organised show and ran like clockwork under the capable hands of Andy Dowden.

Then along came the Thailand Yacht Show, a bigger show aimed more at the super yacht end of the market and held, in part, to promote Phuket as a destination for super yachts. The organisers, Verventia, under the leadership of Andy Treadwell, were mounting their annual show at the Ao Po Grand Marina. Verventia are also the organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show. It was bold and big but Ao Po is a long way from Phuket’s population centres.

PIMEX was last held in 2016 and in 2017 the event was re-packaged and re-launched as the ‘Phuket Rendezvous’. The event was again held at the Royal Phuket Marina but now organised by the Burlot brothers, owners of Asia RendezVous, organisers of the Phuket, Penang and Singapore Rendezvous events

Earlier this year the Burlot brothers and Andy Treadwell announced that the two shows, the Phuket Rendezvous and the Thailand Yacht Show, would merge

Read about that announcement HERE.

“The move was precipitated by a request earlier in the year from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to gather the industry together in one major event in Thailand so as to demonstrate united support for the government’s yacht tourism initiative.”

The boat industry demanded it, the TAT and other Thai funding bodies demanded it and somehow, the Burlot brothers and Andy Treadwell would make it work – they’re all competent business-people and, despite their differences, would mutually benefit, as would the local boating industry, if there was ONE big boat show for Phuket. They’ve both proven that they can mount excellent shows.

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But where would it be held?

Ao Po Grand Marina have been forced to remove a lot of their pontoons that weren’t a part of their original plans so it’s made mounting a big boat show almost impossible. RPM is just too small to handle any of the larger yachts or super yachts.

Also, the Burlot brothers, who mounted the first Phuket Rendezvous, have not signed any contract for the next event at RPM as Verventia and their company continue to work out the best way to work together.

With the months ticking by quickly, and no firm decisions being made about venues, Gulu Lalvani, the owner of RPM, has brought back Andy Dowden to organise their own independent show.

Of course the people that should be calling the shots are the local marine industry players who fund the shows and put up the time and money to display all these luxury craft. They are now going to be torn between competing events again.

Royal Phuket Marina has the space and infrastructure to mount another moderately sized show and has hosted similar shows many times before – with PIMEX and Phuket Rendezvous.

Now we await a response from the newly merged “Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous” as to where they are going to mount their show for the next season. And the region’s boating industry now has to wrestle again with which of the shows it will support, precisely the situation they were trying to avoid.

 

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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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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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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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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

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.

If you are interested, or know someone who could fit the job, send an email to THAIGER EDITOR at info@thethaiger.com

 

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