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Phuket Town wins international development award

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PHUKET: Phuket City Municipality has received an award in the category of ‘Promoting Economic Development’. The accolade has been granted in recognition of the municipality’s ‘Old Town’ project.

Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwanasupana said the municipality was also cited as one of 16 “exemplars of good government” by a group of institutions.

The group includes the Thai Environmental Institute; Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation; United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), the regional section of which is based in Jakarta, Indonesia; and the Local Government Development Foundation (Logodef), based in Manila.

The report was published on the Thai-language Daily News website on Thursday.

The selection was made under the auspices of the European Commission (EC) as part of a project called ‘Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia’.

Five nations are targeted by the project: The Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.

“The project goal is to create a network of local governments in the five nations to promote consultation and exchange of ideas,” said Mayor Somjai, who has occupied the mayor’s seat in Phuket Town for most of the last decade.

“The institutes selected six local governments notable not only for achievements, but for winning acceptance from local people for their initiatives in six cases,” she said.

Those cases were:

  • Khon Kaen, for success in including local people in developing the city plan;
  • Tambon Prik, Yala and Yala Town, for moral righteousness within government;
  • Udon Thani City and Tambon Klang, Udon Thani, for stressing environmental organization in public service.
  • Phuket City Municipality for budgeting and investment in economic revival.
  • “Our Old Town commercial zone development project was cited as a case in point, as were investments aimed at economic revival in the city and its communities. They saw that we were promoting not only growth but local pride in our traditions.

    “We also offered the chance of participation in planning and operations to local associations and individuals,” said Mayor Somjai.

    Phuket Town was chosen one of just 16 exemplars from the five nations by “a committee of experts on good government” meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    “Information about Phuket Town will be broadcast throughout Southeast Asia. Personnel will be exchanged and study trips undertaken between the various city governments. People participating in the project when they return home will become trainers, showing others how to improve performance,” Mayor Somjai said.

    “Winning recognition on an international scale for good governance makes city workers and members of the city government proud, too,” Mayor Somjai said.

    The project, begun in March 2010, is funded by the EC and the Germany’s Ministry for Development Cooperation.

    During its 30-month lifetime, the project will establish a network of local government associations and concentrate activities on: grassroots participation in planning and decision making; institutional governance; urban environment; fiscal management and investment promotion strategies.

    The 16 best practice cases, having been identified, will be transferred to selected local governments.

    Transfer of best-practice success stories follows a transnational approach adaptable to different political and cultural backgrounds.

    The overall project aims at improving living conditions of poor and disadvantaged people through increased participation in local planning and decision making.

    Other activities include: creating a website and study materials; training selected personnel and developing an exchange program for participants.

    Two cornerstones of the Old Town development plan are the on-going project to bury underground cables in the old quarter and the construction of a new wet market on Ranong Road.

    The cable project, now in its second phase, is widely hailed as a success.

    The Ranong Road Market has proven more problematic. Completed over a year ago, vendors with the right to occupy stalls there are balking at the chance to do so, citing high fees.

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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.

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

    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.

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

    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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