On November 22nd, Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over a seminar named ‘Thai Boxing International’. Somchart Cheroenwat, the President of the Thai Boxing Association of Thailand, Chaianan Sutthikul, the Mayor of Kathu Municipality, and representatives from boxing camps in Phuket attended the seminar.
Chaianan said that there were three aims arising from the seminar:
- Promote the cultural rules of Thai boxing
- Encourage tourists to learn real Thai boxing or Muay Thai
- Provide assistance for injured or retired Thai boxers
Phuket was already promoting Thai boxing to international tourists, since it was a national sport. Moreover, there were a lot of tourists coming to Phuket interested in watching this kind of sport and seriously learning it. However, the government sector incl. TAT needs to help in this promotion.
Chaianan added that there were four boxing rings in Phuket with over 10 boxing camps. There were over 1,000 Thai and foreign Thai boxers on the island. Some of them wanted to be the professionals in this sport. Thai Boxing was another selling point for Phuket tourism and it can definitely generate a large income for locals.