Phuket Governor – Nisit Jansomwong together with PPAO President – Paiboon Upattising recently hosted a press conference to announce a New Year celebration “Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015,” at Raya Room, Royal Phuket City Hotel. The two officials were joined by PPAO officials and representatives from Phuket Tourism Authority of Thailand as well as the local media.
“Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015” will be staged from December 29 to 31, 2014, at Sanamchai Field in Phuket Town. The celebration aims to boost local tourism, generate income for the community and provide an opportunity for tourists and locals to ring in the New Year together. By observing the New Year alongside other countries, Phuket hopes to raise its calibre as a tourist destination.
Under the slogan “Opening the new sky to a magical, illuminated land – solidarity for all – happiness to the people of Phuket,” spectators will enjoy underwater scenes lit up by hundreds of lights and lanterns (to pay homage to Phuket as the Pearl of the Andaman). Adhering to the government’s reconciliation policy, this year’s celebration will feature a zone displaying HM’s speech on unity to drive home the idea of solidarity and peaceful co-existence.
The whole area of Sanamchai Field will be divided into three main areas as follows:
Zone 1: (at the entrance of Sanamchai opposite Provincial Hall) Magical underwater tunnel of 25 meters long decorated by thousands of LED lights, and dotted by sea creatures.
Zone 2: Information area comprising of boards announcing daily activities, words of New Year’s wishes, and animal of the Chinese horoscope, the sheep.
Zone 3: Magical and illuminated land, land of unity and return happiness to the people. This zone is divided into two further areas, namely: a) solidarity area – “Follow in the footstep of the King to forge unity in Thai society,” displaying the King’s speech to inspire social integration, reconciliation, solidarity and peaceful co-existence. This area is decorated with numerous yellow lights and a 4-m tall golden Bodhi tree; and b) area dedicated to Phuket tourism promotion.
President Paiboon said that the spectacles presented in this celebration reflect Phuket as the Pearl of the Andaman and its beautiful landmarks such as Laem Promthep. There are also many stage entertainments throughout the three nights leading to the year’s end countdown.
Official opening of the celebration is scheduled to take place on December 29 which kicks off with the performance by P Sadern Band, while the 30th will see artists from Fe Fang Kaew group. On the final day, December 31, famous bands such as Carabao, B-King and Kan Tee will perform while colorful fireworks accompany the countdown to the New Year. Additionally, there are contests for “Young Cultural Ambassador to the Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015,” to promote sense of cultural heritage in young people and the general public. Applications are reserved for youth of 13 – 20 years old, in teams or individuals, who have special skills in Thailand’s traditional crafts, arts or performances. Winner will received 10,000 baht educational grant as well as a trophy.
“I would like to invite everyone, locals and tourists, to come and join us in the fun-filled “Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015” at Sanamchai Field on December 29 – 31,” said President Paiboon.