11 November 2009 – Director of Phuket Airport Pratuang Sonkham revealed that Phuket Airport is now under renovation. Facilities, passenger terminal building, parking lot, including restrooms are to be improved so that it can support both Thai and international travellers who have a plan to visit Phuket this coming high season.

Airport officials expect over 6.3 million passengers to use Phuket airport this year.

10 November 2009 – Free seats promotion from AirAsia is back. AirAsia is today giving away 1 million free seats, to over 70 hot destinations including China, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and many more across our extensive network of over 130 routes.

Special fares are also offered for AirAsia X’s long haul destinations during the same period to London (Stansted), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), Australia (Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth), and China (Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu) and Taiwan.

The free seats promotion kicks off from 11 – 15 November 2009 (booking period) for the travel period from 1 May – 30 October 2010. Fare is applicable for one way travel only. For more information on promotion you may log on to www.airasia.com

10 November 2009 – Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TECB) supports The 7th Phuket International Boat Show which will be held on 7-10 January, 2010 at Royal Phuket Marina. They are confident Phuket has potential to be Asia’s Marine Hub and to become Monaco of Asia.

Mr. Andrew Dowden, General Manager of Informa Yacht Group, the organizer of Phuket International Boat Show said that the show is the biggest international boat show in terms of the on-water display and that despite the global economic downturn, the show continues its popularity with confirmation of many new brand yachts exhibiting, increased international exhibitor presence and two superyachts attending from Europe – a 32 metre Mangusta and a 26 metre Pershing.

“Marine tourism in Asia continues to grow with many international marine businesses now looking to expand into Asia. Phuket is ideally located geographically, has good support structure and many modern marina facilities, which will combine to make Phuket the Marine Hub of Asia,” Mr. Dowden said.

“Phuket is perfectly geared to the needs of the yachting industry and tourists alike, and offers an unmatched diversity of leisure opportunities to suit everyone. With pristine natural beauty and two brand new marinas, Phuket is ideally positioned as a hub for regional marine events such as Phuket International Boat Show 2010,” said Supawan Teerarat, Exhibition Director, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. “TCEB is proud to be able to lend our support and backing to this premier regional marine and lifestyle content and we are confident that this will fortify and enable Phuket to host large-scale events in the future.”

Phuket has five operational marinas, over 1,000 ‘resident’ yachts, and attracts approximately 300 international yachts and over 30 superyachts each year. Combine some of the most modern marina facilities in Asia and the growth in multi-million dollar properties on the Island, and it’s clear to see that Phuket has become the Asian playground for the wealthy and cements Phuket’s reputation as the Monaco of Asia.

For more information about The Phuket International Boat Show please visit www.phuketboatshow.com.

6 November 2009 – AirAsia today officially announced its new route to Phuket from Ho Chi Minh City at a press conference held at Miss Ao dai Building, in Ho Chi Minh City. The official announcement of the new destination is in addition to its existing routes to Ho Chi Minh City from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

“We saw an increase in demand for the Ho Chi Minh route with average load factor of over 85 per cent for our flights departing from Bangkok to the city since commencement. The great demand has led us to introduce the city from our new hub- Phuket on 4 November 2009. We are pleased to offer guests from Vietnam this new travel option to a world class holiday destination like Phuket. With this new route, guests can connect to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Medan and many more exciting holiday getaways.” said Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia.

“We foresee a strong demand for the new Phuket- Ho Chi Minh route and believe the demand would constitute of guests from a mixture of leisure seekers and business travelers. With AirAsia’s low fares and extensive network, we believe that we can encourage people to travel more and this can help in boosting tourism and stimulate local economies within the region.” Tassapon said
AirAsia offers special promotional fares from as low as USD25 (from Ho Chi Minh to Phuket) / THB999 (from Phuket to Ho Chi Minh), for bookings beginning from today to 9 November 2009 for travel period from 3 December 2009 to 30 April 2010. You may book online via www.airasia.com or mobile.airasia.com.

Recently, AirAsia commences operations from its new regional Phuket hub on November 15, opened its new routes and direct flights to many destinations. Daily direct flights to Hong Kong, to Jakarta, to Medan, to Chaingmai including to Ho Chi Minh City has been lauched in the same period according to the increasing demand.

4 November 2009 – AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline brings low fares closers to all ASEANs, launchs its two newest routes, Jakarta and Medan direct to Phuket, daily,  in addition to its popular Jakarta–Bangkok and Bali-Bangkok routes.

AirAsia is now offering special low fares online for flights as low as THB 1,499 one way for Jakarta to Phuket and THB 999 one way for Medan to Phuket. Bookings can be made from 4 – 9 November 2009, for travel period from 3 December 2009— 30 April 2010.

Find for more information about the special fair please visit www.airasia.com

4 November 2009 – Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos revealed that Rawai Municipality has a plan to develop Promthep Cape to be a sustainable tourist attraction. Besides, golf car provision project for disable and senior to easy access the place, the municipality set some budget to install 4-5 spotting scopes for people to enjoy perspectives through the lens.

The scopes will enhance coastal surveillance and improve the effectiveness of the rescue when the ship accidents happen in the sea.

4 November 2009 – Coordinator for Public Relations of MV Doulos Konstanze Doering revealed that the world’s oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship MV Doulos will return to Phuket for its fifth visit. MV Doulos welcome everyone on board for tours, programs and visits to the floating book fair every day between November 19-27 at Ao Makham.

MV Doulos was built in 1914, 2 years after the Titanic. It is recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as “Worlds oldest active passenger ocean-going ship.”. Doulos is a home for 330 international crews from over 50 countries. The ship has visited more than 100 countries over the past 30 years and has welcomed more than 21 million people on board including crown princes, prime ministers, presidents and many VIPs. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirinthorn also visited the ship when it docked at Bangkok Port (Klong Toey Port) three months ago.

This is the fifth visit for MV Doulos in Phuket. The ship was first docked at Phuket Port in 1990 and came back again in 1992, 1996 and 2006. The last visit in 2006 could attract more than 40,000 visitors. Doulos was part of the help Phuket received when we was hit by the Tsunami disaster a few years ago carrying the donations to the victims. The volunteers are mostly young people who have chosen to leave their family and friends and dedicate two years of their lives to be on board full time. They have to support themselves and work together for no salary “to bring knowledge, help and hope to all mankind”.

Known as the biggest floating bookshop, MV Doulos is operated by the non-profit charity organization Gute Bücher für Alle  (English: Good Books for All), based in Germany. The ship offers more than 6,000 title of books and collections of CDs and tape cassettes covering a wide range of subjects: sciences, sports, hobbies, cooking, arts, philosophies, managements, novels, children books, etc. The exhibition opens for people to visit Tue-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun-Mon 14.00-21.00.

Doering ended the conversation with an invitation for Phuket people to visit and enjoy various programs and performances on Doulos during its stay at Ao Makham.

Marketing Manager of Happy Air Phatcharapon Sontipun said the company was established on April 3rd, 2009 with 25 million baht authorized capital.

The route Phuket-Hatyai main target is the business people in the two areas. However, it hopes to improve the tourism of southern region as well.

Marketing Manager Phatcharapon also said the airline offers daily a flight from Phuket to Hatyai at 8am and a flight from Hat Yai to Phuket at 5pm. It will take 40 minutes on board. A ticket costs 1,500 baht for now on until the end of this year and will start at 2,100 baht from early next year. The normal is set at 2,300 baht.

Get a good feed back from its customers, Happy Air has a plan to open Phuket-Malaysia and Phuket Singapore in the near future.

The airline uses a 34-seat Swedish-built twin turboprop SAAB 340A aircraft with premium service on board.

3 November 2009 – Yesterday afternoon, Germany’s ambassador Dr.Hanns H. Schumacher met Phuket Governor Vichai Praisa-ngob at the city hall. The main topic of the meeting is about to strengthen a relationship between Germany and Phuket.

Dr.Hanns H. Schumacher wants Phuket to provide a good help to German tourists or expat residents.

Governor Vichai said Phuket has an intention to help tourists from every country. Whenever happen a police case involving a foreigner, it will be reported to his office and continue to the diplomatic missions for best possible solution that will not harm more than 150 years relationship of the two countries.

Ambassador Dr.Hanns H. Schumacher flied from Bangkok to Phuket this time also suggest a quarterly meeting of the key diplomats for all tourists and expats problems.

The Ambassador revealed that to remain a good relationship, more tourists and investors will come to Phuket.