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On 30th July 2012 at Phuket Community Hall, Vice President of PPAO – Mr.Soratham Jinda, presided over a meeting for the “Phuket Andaman Halal Fair” project. Mr.Jirasak Thothip – Advisor of PPAO, Mr.Manoch Phanchalad, Mr.Aree Suriya and committees members were also in attendance.
Mr.Soratham said “Phuket Andaman Halal Fair” project has been set up by Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) and Office of the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand. The objective of the project is to promote Muslim tourism in Phuket and other provinces in the Andaman Sea area. This fare will feature shows and presentations showing the way of life and traditions of Muslim culture.
“Phuket Andaman Halal Fair” will be held from 4th -8th September 2012. The Project will feature a seminar and exhibition on 4th – 6th September at The Royal Paradise Hotel Phuket, and a halal trade fair on 7th – 8th September at Sanam Chai (opposite Phuket City Hall).
Located just a stone’s throw from Phuket Town and a short drive to Patong, Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is exclusively set in Makham Bay. As an oasis of serenity within the cove, the resort boasts own 200-meter private beach with spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and the twin islands, Tapao Yai and Tapao Noi just offshore.
The 224 guest-room resort draws inspiration from the beauty of Thai nature and Phuket’s rich heritage of the area with its marbled floors, rich woods and flowing water throughout the public areas and guest rooms, offset by contemporary art, light and space. Featuring an array of warm, modern sanctuaries for relaxation and rejuvenation, all stunning guest rooms and suites are equipped with the ultimate comforts – a private balcony or terrace and complemented by thoughtful touches and impeccable warm hospitality services.
The resort boasts two beachfront pools serviced by bars and restaurants, and a third semi-private beachfront pool for those that choose to stay in the pool loft suites, some of the finest Phuket accommodation. Taste a world of cuisine at five exquisite dining outlets and enjoy a sensational dining experience with wide selection of freshly prepared cuisine and seamless service.
Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is located just 10 minutes from charming Phuket Town and 50 minutes from Phuket International Airport.
The 2012 Phuket Beach Lifeguard project by PPAO will cover 33 points over 13 beaches. These areas will be composed of 12 points at Muang Phuket, 8 points at Kathu and 13 points at Thalang.
There will be a total of 106 staff on standby at their allocated areas from 09.00 am to 7.00 pm every day and there will be 3 guards per point. It is hoped that by seeing so many lifeguards on duty tourists will be more confident about safety on Phuket’s beaches.
As of 28th May 2012 Phuket’s lifeguards had rescued 333 people, 62 Thai and 271 foreigners. Mr.Viroj Sawangpol Manager of Phuket Lifeguard Service said “We cannot guarantee 100% security for people going into the sea. The best way is to make people aware that they should follow the signs and warnings such as the red flag meaning there should be no swimming.
Mr.Paiboon Upatising, President of PPAO said that the main causes of deaths and injuries are people not adhering to the red flag warning, swimming when drunk or at night. He thanked all the Community Councils and local people, who together with the lifeguards warn and take care of Phuket’s tourists. In foreign countries, lifeguards have the authority to arrest tourists who break the rules, but in Thailand it is not allowed and sometimes when advice is given some don’t want to listen, some get angry and some even attack.
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket welcomes Australian journalists during their Summer Family Festival Familiarization programme in Laguna Phuket resort development complex. Members of the media experienced excursions to Phuket Town and Phi Phi Island, an activity programme, as well as varied dining experiences. The media also enjoyed a batik painting session at Busy Bee Kid’s Club and the resort’s facilities during their stay.
Group photo (from left to right) :
1st from left: Jonathan Porter, Editor of Lunch Magazine, News, Vacations & Travel magazine
2nd from left: Lyn Tan, Public Engager of Three Wise Bees Company
Centre: Alison Carmichael-rulten, Editor/Freelancer of from Holiday with Kids magazine, Holiday Goddess, Vacation Goddess
4th from left: Elisa Elwin, Publisher, Travel Writer & Business Development of Out & About with Kids magazine
5 th from left: Natasha Boddy, Reporter of the West Australian newspaper
On May 23rd, Mr Attaporn Kompipatpong, Marketing Manager of Rungrueng (Mukdahan) Limited or Yellow Bus, held a press conference regarding the opening of the new route 785 Phuket-Hua Hin.
Swissôtel Resort Phuket is now open and offering its guests to enjoy 25% off rooms including breakfast until June 30th.
Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, Director of Phuket office of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), revealed the recent earthquakes and aftershocks have only affected the Thai tourist market because Thais are still concerned with the situation.
(23 April 2012) Phuket Bike Week 2012 was held on April 20th-22nd with no less than 500 Thai and foreign big bike riders joining in with this year’s activities.
Phuket International Airport was joined by 41 airlines to assure their safety and readiness to handle earthquakes and Tsunami.
(18 April 2012) On April 15th, the first group of Chinese Amway sales representatives arrived in Phuket, greeted by Thai dancers and VIPs. From now until May 14th, 18,000 Amway delegates will arrive to the island and Phuket Office of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects Phuket to gain 2.5 billion Baht from the seminars.
(17 April 2012) Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, director of Phuket Office of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), revealed that even though the earthquake hit Phuket and a tsunami warning was issued, there was still 80-90% occupancy in Phuket during the Songkran holiday. Phuket is expected to gain 1,000 million Baht since there were no incidents during Songkran.