New government focused on boosting tourism to stimulate economy: Srettha

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin flew to the island province of Phuket on Friday to highlight its significance as a major money-maker for Thailand’s tourism industry.It was his first provincial trip as the leader of Thailand’s new government in the making.“The Pheu Thai Party sees tourism ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand greenlights quarantine-free travel model for Phuket

Thai authorities on Tuesday (Jun 22) greenlighted a pilot model for quarantine-free travel to ultra-popular beach destination Phuket, a first step towards the tourist-hungry kingdom’s goal of resuscitating its pandemic-battered economy.Thailand has imposed strict restrictions on visitor arrivals in order to stem COVID-19 infections, but ...

TAT says concrete plan for supply side imperative

Phuket must execute a development plan aimed at diminishing poor quality public services in exchange for over 930,000 vaccine doses prioritised for the island in the build-up to the sandbox initiative, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).“Not only Phuket, but another nine areas ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Government Expects 2 Million Foreign Tourists to Visit Phuket This Year

The government expects about two million foreign tourists to visit Phuket this year after the island reopens to vaccinated visitors from July 1.Tourism Council of Thailand vice president Vichit Prakobgosol said the holidaymakers may generate about 105 billion baht in revenue in the second half. ...

NNT Reporter

Treasury allots B4bn for medical hub

The Treasury Department together with the Public Health Ministry has vowed to splurge as much as 4 billion baht to develop and convert Phuket’s medical tourism industry into a world-class medical and wellness tourist destination.Director-general Yuthana Yimkarun said the department scheduled a Nov 2 ceremony ...

Wichit Chantanusornsiri

Public healthcare pilot project aims to make Patong beach safe for tourists

The Patong beach in Phuket has been chosen to be an integrated marine public healthcare pilot area where state agencies, local administrators and local people join forces to provide aid in response to accidents at sea. The move is aimed at boosting tourists’ confidence.Keep reading ...

The Nation Reporter

Trash Talk: Tackling waste in Phuket

Waste is one of Phuket’s greatest challenges. Each person on the island generates 1.13 kilograms of waste per day (50% of which is biodegradable). That’s over 1,000 tonnes of waste sent to the Saphan Hin incinerator every day.The island’s high level of waste and profligate ...

Asean cities to ‘GET SMART’

Thailand to lead smart-city project with Bangkok, Phuket and Chonburi featuring prominently in cross-border partnership.Thailand will play a leading role in implementing the smart-city network covering 26 cities in the 10 Asean countries as the Kingdom takes over as the bloc’s chair next year, Digital ...

Asina Pornwasin & Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Phuket pushes to splash B508mn on marine safety

Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong will request a budget of more than half a billion baht from the national government to splash out on improving marine safety.Governor Norraphat explained his plans, to Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat at the Phuket Yacht Control Centre at Chalong ...

Phuket hotels unite to save ‘paradise island’ from plastic and overtourism

Almost 70 hotels on Phuket have pledged to reduce plastic use – the first in a raft of measures to conserve and preserve the Thai islandAs mass tourism becomes an issue across the globe, Phuket hoteliers have united around urgent measures to ensure plastic and ...

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