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Phuket’s Croc Hunters

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A hunting team spotted the crocodile in an old tin mine lake near Laypang Beach yesterday afternoon (August 30). The 50-rai lake is located about 300 meters from where the crocodile was spotted earlier.

Initially, a team from Thalang District Office was placed to block the crocodile from swimming out of the lake. At about 8.00 pm, a “crocodile whisperer” from Crocodile World along with an experienced crocodile catcher team from Surat Thani started their mission by chasing the reptile with trawls using two boats. There were also two trawls on the sides of the lake, each of them being 300-meter long.

According to the team, they got closer and closer to the animal, but it always managed to dive deep and disappear, even though they turned off the engine not to scare it and rowed quietly. The closest they could reach was about a metre away.

 The team tried until 05.30 am today (August 31). When the sun rose, they realized that the crocodile will not submerge after an all-night long hide and seek game. However the team is standing by waiting for it to beach itself to get some sun today.

 After finding that it was more difficult than initially thought to catch one crocodile in a huge lake with a depth of 15 meters, the catching team is discussing a new plans for tonight if they don’t succeed today.

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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder – PHOTO: Guy Nowell

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Air quality for Thailand – January 22

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Northern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

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Central Thailand

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

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Southern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

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Incentive travel the fastest growing segment in Asia Pacific events business

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Responding to a study that says incentive travel is the fastest growing segment in Asia-Pacific’s events business, the Thailand Conventions & Exhibitions Bureau is adapting its game plan to tap into this lucrative market.

Last week, TCEB hosted the premier event, SITE’s 2019 Global Conference in Bangkok, a worldwide association dedicated exclusively to growing incentive travel.

SITE’s most recent research shows the incentive travel sector is the fastest growing element of MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions), with the highest per person spend, distributed amongst the widest spectrum of destination suppliers.

Other key findings include the dominance of destination appeal among the top factors influencing destination selection, the rise of second tier destinations and the increasing importance of wellness as a key incentive program inclusion.

TCEB is responding with campaigns and initiatives that highlight Thailand’s cultural diversity, creative innovation and its abundance of wellness resorts.

Commenting on the research, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence president, Philip Eidsvold said: “Findings are clear: incentive travel planners place more importance on overall destination appeal than air access and hotel infrastructure and Thailand has star quality appeal for incentive travel qualifiers.

The SITE Global Conference was attended by 350 incentive travel professionals from 30 countries, while TCEB estimated hosting the event generated 25 million baht.  However, the overall impact the meeting would have on earnings long term was far more substantial.

The meeting heard that, in the fiscal year ending September 2018, Thailand welcomed 369,370 incentive travellers representing a 35.90% growth (the highest in 14 years). The sector generated 20.67 million baht in revenue or 23.80% growth (the highest in seven years).

The 10 top source markets are: China (79,121 travellers); India (65,717); Malaysia (32,980); Vietnam (26,046); Philippines (22,025); South Korea (17,596); Indonesia (16,164); Singapore (14,596); Japan (13,187) and Laos PDR (13,157 travellers).

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