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News of Phuket

Below is a selection of the good news happening in Phuket. Please note that we are not a newspaper, nor do we pretend to be, so the content that goes here is subjected to our own opinions and generally positive, as we want to convey a positive image of the island.

Miss Mom Phuket 2019 officially kicks off

PHUKET: The annual beauty pageant contest 'Miss Mom Phuket 2019', originally created on the island of Phuket, has announced its 4th competition to the press on May 15, 2019, at the Ramada Plaza Phuket Chaofa Hotel, in Phuket Town. The competition is open to any woman who is at least 40 years of age with children, and registration has already started since May 1, 2019. This year’s beauty contest will be held on June 15, 2019 at the Ramada Plaza Phuket Chaofa Hotel, from 7:00 pm onward. Previously, the contest was called ‘Miss Grand Mom’, but was changed recently to its current name ‘Miss Mom Phuket’. Once the competition is over and the winners are finally announced, the beautiful mothers [...]

By |May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

New Visa prepaid tourist card on the way

BANGKOK: Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), The Mall Group, and Visa – with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) – have announced the launch of a new SCB M Visa prepaid tourist card for foreign tourists who can use it for cashless travel and shopping when in Thailand. To celebrate the launch, the first 1,000 customers who apply will receive vouchers worth THB 500 when spending THB 2,000 or more at The Mall Group’s department stores from June 1 to December 31, 2019. Information and applications are available at the Tourist Lounge at the Emporium, Emquartier, Paragon Department Store, and SCB exchange booths at Don Mueang International Airport. K. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, TAT Deputy Governor for Digital Research and Development, [...]

By |May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Off-the-beaten-track destinations in Thailand experiencing explosive Airbnb growth

PHUKET: New data released today highlights how the Airbnb community is helping grow tourism in off-the-beaten-track destinations across Thailand and the Asia Pacific, and helping spread the benefits of tourism beyond big cities and major tourism hotspots. Off-the-beaten-track destinations in Thailand grew by 53% year-on-year, with some areas like Rawai growing by more than 92% year-on-year. Airbnb hosts outside of big cities and major tourist destinations in APAC earned nearly US$1bn through the Airbnb platform in 2018. 12 million guests checked into Airbnb listings in these destinations in 2018, growing 70% year-over-year. Similar to other countries in the Asia Pacific, the Airbnb community is growing rapidly in off-the-beaten track destinations in Thailand. This growth is powered by travelers increasingly seeking [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Meet Paul Halford, new General Manager of OZO Phuket

PHUKET: ONYX Hospitality Group has appointed Paul Halford as General Manager of the soon-to-open OZO Phuket at Kata Beach. Paul joins ONYX with close to 20 years of hospitality industry experience at hotels and resorts in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and Thailand, including a 10-year tenure across multiple Radisson Hotel Group locations. Most recently, he was General Manager of Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18. In his current role, Paul will lead the pre-opening and positioning of the brand-new OZO in Phuket, scheduled to open in June 2019. The family-oriented resort will feature 255 rooms and suites located right on Kata Road, surrounded by a wide range of restaurants, excellent shops, a popular night market and vibrant nightlife scene. The property boasts [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek looks overseas for expansion

PHUKET: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek organizers are looking to expand overseas and grow international participation in the award-winning regatta over the next five years. With international promotions, a series of road trips to key markets and Phuket's growing appeal as a world-class sailing destination, organizers are confident in growing the regatta's international footprint and attracting more charterers for the 2019 event and beyond. “We have seen a steady increase in the number of charterers competing in the regatta in recent years and this is an area we want to grow further. Australia is an exciting market with a high population of sailors and a strong awareness of Phuket already. This is a market we are investing in for the [...]

By |May 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Air Asia expands network with Phuket – Jakarta flights

PHUKET: AirAsia continues to expand its network from Phuket with a new direct flight Phuket-Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, to operate 3 times a week starting July 2, 2019. Fly to Indonesia’s gateway at a promotional fare starting from only THB 1,450 per trip (for BIG members), available for booking today to May 12, 2019 for travel from July 2 to October 29, 2019. AirAsia Thailand CEO K. Santisuk Klongchaiya, said “the airline has devoted great importance to expanding the networks of its regional hubs to strengthen its overall network and provide ever more travel opportunities. Phuket is a province with high tourism potential and is popular among both Thai and foreign travelers. The addition of a direct flight from [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Would Latin America be the next market for Thailand?

BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently hosted 40 top tour operators and travel experts from five Central and Latin American countries for the first ever fam trip and business networking session in Thailand. Taking place from April 27 to May 7, the event incorporated with Emirates Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Bangkok Airways for the travel trade from this region. The group arrived in Thailand from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 28 and was escorted by TAT Los Angeles Office on visits to popular tourist attractions in Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Phuket, Ko Samui and Phang Nga. A market briefing, product presentation and the “Amazing Thailand Latin America Trade Meet” were organized on May 2, at the Park Hyatt Bangkok Hotel, [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Princess fashion exhibition to launch Central Phuket’s new luxury zone

PHUKET: Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana’s fashion exhibition, titled “Universe of Sirivannavari: The first view from Paris” debuted yesterday, April 25, at the exclusive New World of Luxury, which is the new luxury zone of Central Floresta. A list of Thai celebrities attended the event, which was completed with many stunning shows. Phuket Governor, along with the executives of CPN, chaired the grand opening event. The Princess kindly chose Phuket to be the first ever location to exhibit her work and the show will take place from April 28 to May 26 at the new Luxury Zone of Central Floresta, in Phuket Town. “There are a large number of tourists visiting Phuket each year. Enhancing the tourism image as [...]

By |April 26th, 2019|0 Comments
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