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Phuket one-stop yacht center steers course for 2015 launch

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PHUKET: With the long-awaited “one-stop center” for all yachts arriving in Phuket one year overdue, officials have now announced the complex is on track to open in 2015.

The 70-million-baht rotunda-style building stands proud in Chalong Bay (map here), but remains to be occupied by the relevant agencies for yacht arrivals to clear immigration, customs and the harbor master.

In December 2011, the Phuket Marine Office declared the the 44-slip Chalong Bay Marina “90 per cent complete” and the one-stop shop ready to open by 2012 (story here).

However, the Marine Office announced yesterday it was spending 15 million baht on a GPS registration system that will be mandatory for all yachts in Phuket. Additionally, a seawall will be built to shelter yachts in the still-incomplete marina.

Both must be complete before relevant agencies will be allowed to move into the new building, Phuket Vice Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada explained at a Provincial Hall meeting yesterday.

Phuket has more than 3,000 yacht arrivals and departures each year. To keep track of yacht activity, SDA Group Co Ltd is installing a GPS registration system at a cost of about 15 million baht, Sakorn Pukham of the Phuket Marine Office admitted.

“Every yacht arriving in Phuket will have to log in to this GPS system so we can track the vessels whereabouts. The control center will be at Chalong Pier with relay towers in Chalong, Patong and Thalang,” he said.

“Any arriving yachts that do not have the required GPS equipment on board will have to pay a deposit in order to be provided basic GPS equipment. The deposit will be refunded on the yacht’s departure when the equipment is returned,” he said.

The amount of the deposit has yet to be determined, Mr Sakorn said.

“The GPS system is to be operational by October 22 this year,” he added.

Meanwhile, Golden Plan Co Ltd is drawing up plans to build a seawall to protect yachts in the marina from waves, Mr Sakorn said.

“In all, the marina is scheduled to be fully operational by mid-2015,” he said.

Phuket Provincial Administation Organization (PPAO) President Paiboon Upatising, also at the meeting, urged the Marine Office to make sure the marina was a “well-organized facility”.

“It will take about two years to finish the seawall. In the meantime, I would like to urge the Marine Office to organize the marina well, so yachts will use the pier and associated facilities,” he said.

“The PPAO is doing its part. We provide good services to everyone who uses our facilities, and we are currently collecting more than a million baht per month in fees levied at Chalong Pier,” he added.

The Phuket Treasury Office is currently the custodian of the marina, explained Thamrong Thongtan, chief of that office.

“The building itself is finished, but it has yet to be transferred to the PPAO because the whole project is not yet completed.

“Once the GPS system and the seawall are complete, the building will be transferred to the PPAO so they can rent out space in the building to the relevant agencies [Immigration, Customs, Marine Office] who will set up offices there,” he said.

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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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

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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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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