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TCEB, Phuket officials request hotels to participate in MICE database initiative

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PHUKET: Officials from the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) are seeking help from private sector businesses and hotels in Phuket after coming up nearly empty handed in a search for information to build a Phuket database.

The information is required to sustain and promote MICE initiatives in Phuket and other provinces of Thailand. MICE, which stands for ‘Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions’, is aimed at diversifying the tourism industry to include ‘quality’ business travellers who visit Phuket to attend/organize professional meetings and conferences.

Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, TCEB executives, TAT officers and several other officials attended a meeting organized at Phuket Provincial Hall on Wednesday to discuss problems that Phuket is currently facing and strategies to drive it toward becoming a ‘world-class’ MICE destination.

Of the five designated MICE cities in Thailand (the others being Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Khon Kaen), Phuket is currently ranked last.

“The main problem we are facing is building up our database. We are working on collecting information from hotels, restaurants and conventional halls in Phuket, but we are not receiving much of a response from them,” said Chuta Tharachai, senior manager of the Domestic MICE Department.

“As compared to Phuket, Khon Kaen has a much higher response rate, where we received information from more than 60 organizations. But in Phuket, only 15 hotels have helped so far. Before we move to the next step of our strategy, we need to fix this issue,” she added.

TCEB requires hotels to provide basic information about their properties, such as maximum number of people that could fit in a meeting hall, as well as the size and dimensions of the rooms. Each hotel has been provided a form to provide the required information.

“This information will be used to maintain a database containing all the key elements needed to boost Phuket’s position as a top-quality MICE city. Meeting planners or event organizers abroad will be able to search and match their criteria against what hotels and businesses in Phuket can provide,” said Dr Chuta.

“We can also use this data to show the government that Phuket is ready to tackle more MICE tourists and ask for a larger budget to drive MICE projects into action,” she added.

Dr Chuta said that many hotels and businesses see MICE as unnecessary because of the high revenues they already earn from tourism.

“Hotels already earn a lot from Phuket’s position as a tourism and leisure destination, so people wonder why they should have to join MICE initiatives at all. However, they need to understand that MICE will help enhance Phuket’s future economic growth,” said Dr Chuta.

“Many tourists travel to Phuket for business, but also want to reward themselves with a holiday. We believe that Phuket has what it takes to be a top-ranked meetings and events city,” she added.

Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad has assigned the task of data collection to Phuket TAT officers.

“Simply being a business or leisure destination is not enough – we need something to complement these services and show the uniqueness of Phuket, such as food and cultural experiences,” says V/Gov Siwaporn.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14, where officials will discuss progress on data collection as well as upcoming MICE strategies and projects.

— Phanita Jongathikitphaiboon

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The body of an unidentified foreigner found floating south of Pattaya

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A fisherman has recovered a body, thought to be a foreigner, from the Gulf of Thailand off Sattahip.

Na Jomtien Police were notified of the body by 24 year old Teerapong Boonwat, a fishing boat captain plying the waters around Sattahip, south of Pattaya.

Mr. Boonwat had recovered the body found floating near Koh Ped (Duck Island), about three nautical miles from the Sattahip shore. Police and emergency responders rushed to the scene near Amparam Temple.

Police report that the male body appears to be a foreigner aged around 40 years old with a beard and little head hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, long jeans and black sneakers.

No identification was found on the man. It is believed that he had died at least 7 days before his body was found floating in the water. The police didn’t state if there was any signs of foul play or the condition of the body.

Police are investigating the incident and reviewing missing person reports to establish identification.

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Pattaya City’s Police Chief dies from sudden heart attack on way to Bangkok

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The Pattaya City Police Chief Col. Atinan Nuchanart has died from a heart attack yesterday morning (Friday) while he was on the way to a meeting. 59 year old Col Atinan was the Pattaya City Police Acting Chief, new in the position, and died at the Chonburi Hospital from a heart attack.

Yesterday morning he and his team were heading to Bangkok from Chonburi for a meeting when he started complaining of chest pains before falling unconscious in the car. The Chief was rushed to the Chonburi Hospital by other officers in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead by doctors at 2pm.

Col Atinan was born in Lopburi and was the previous Police Chief of Mueang Chonburi Police Station. He was later transferred as the Pattaya City Police Acting Chief on September 2. He had only been in the top job for little over a month.

The previous Pattaya police Chief was removed from the position pending an investigation into large drug raids at local discos open after legal closing hours during this year.

A full funeral for the well respected veteran officer will take place in the near future but has not been announced at this time.

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Local residents and vendors demand action on Pattaya Beach erosion

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Recent heavy rains over the past week in Pattaya have caused significant deep erosion and gaping holes on Pattaya Beach that have now been sitting in plain view for nearly a week. The situation is an unsightly embarrassment and a potential hazard for tourists, according to local residents and beach vendors.

The Pattaya News reports that, earlier this week, storm waters were flowing onto Pattaya beach into the Gulf after torrential rains, notably at the beach area near Central Festival Pattaya, and have been washed away.

The erosion is at least a metre deep in places, exposing some of the underpinning sand-bag foundations that were placed there doing the re-instatement works last year. Local vendors are complaining that tourists were avoiding the beach.

Beach vendors say this erosion has happened nearly a week ago and is very dangerous especially at night time. They are asking for city officials to speed up repair work and fix the problem.

Earlier this week residents were complaining about an unknown white sediment floating around some of the areas where the erosion had occurred. Last year some 400 million baht was spent re-building some of Pattaya’s beaches which end up damaged and washed out to sea any time there are heavy rains.

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