With my career, I always have opportunities to meet great people. Sometimes I write about some good things I got from them during the conversations. Sometimes I’ve learnt from their point of views, and sometimes I forgot who told me those memorable conversations (I’m sure it’s not because of high blood alcohol content at all).
Anyway sometimes who told me those great memorable conversations is not important if compare to WHAT he had told.
But only just a few people who I’ll never forget about him and what he had said. One of those is Larry Cunningham, CEO & General Manager of The Chava Resort.
Last month I had a chance to stay at The Chava Resort where located in Surin Beach with my friend. I met Larry Cunningham. We had a chat for almost a half hour and his conversations left me a question about Phuket.
Is Phuket in trouble?
Yes, we’re facing with a great trouble.
In 2004 Phuket get kick by the tsunami and we were healed.
Now in 2009, turmoil political situation & jet ski news in Patong kick Phuket away, but this time the wound doesn’t seem to be healed.
“We’re facing with many problems from every direction start from world financial crisis to our internal factors turmoil political situation, overcharge, jet ski problem that now cast a shadow on business.” said Larry.
Will Phuket attract fewer businessmen?
“I would agree with you in this point. Some businesses are leaving from Phuket to somewhere else such as Bali. The fact is the trend of Bali now is more attractive if compare to Phuket. Even if the two bombs last seven years killed many tourists, but now it’s safer than a place where we you’ve heard about a man carrying gun on the beach.”
What’s the worst thing in Farang’s mind?
“Actually Thailand has gorgeous cultures. People love to Wai (salute) and love to smile but they do for money. It’s a tricky not culture. You should do the right thing to the tourists because if they go back to their countries, they will tell 4-5 friends but if you do the bad things, they will tell at least 15 people.”
What’s the trend of tourists these days?
“The office of TAT Phuket, showed me the figure that 15% of tourists will never come back to Phuket again. It’s terrible. Maybe because of the problems they have faced with the locals. I think it’s getting worse especially the situation in Patong, it’s never gone and people keep talking. If you have kids, do you want them to travel to the place where you’ve heard about a guy carrying gun on the beach? You better tell them to go somewhere else safer.”
These are all I remember, the conversations that never left me until these days. How do we get rid out of these terrible problems? How could we make Phuket better?……
These questions will never end if WE don’t start to THINK & DO something for our beloved Phuket. Now it’s time to start before it’s too late.