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Mass tourism celebration as hundreds of new Chinese tour buses procurred, introduced to Phuket traffic next month

PHUKET: The private and public sectors joined at a Phuket resort to celebrate the procurement of 300 new tour buses from China, which will be added to Phuket traffic next month to meet growing demand for transporting Chinese tour groups around the island.

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Suthicha Sirirat

Sunday 24 July 2016, 12:06AM

The news confirming the procurement of the first 100 buses to be introduced to island traffic by August 15 was announced at a celebratory event held at the Hilton Arcadia Phuket Resort and Spa in Karon on Saturday (July 23).

Presiding over the event, which was titled “Muang Naa Yuu Thong Thiaw Plod Pai” or “Livable Town, Safe Tourism”, was Phuket Governor Chamroen Thippayapongthada, who was joined by Ms Zhang Pei Dong, a commerce official from China, and representatives from the Land Transport Department, Andaman Tourism Business Association and the Bestlin Group, a Bangkok-based company specializing in the import of tour busses from China.

Officials and businessmen smiled for the cameras before revealing some details about the deal to select members of the media in attendence.

Governor Chamroen explained that the event was staged in collaboration with reps from the public and private sectors to help boost confidence in Phuket’s tourism safety image following a string of accidents on the island, many of which involved Chinese tourists.

Ms Zhang Pei Dong went on to reveal that last year more than 8 million tourists from China visited Thailand, half of which came to Phuket, adding that in the first six months of this year, the number of inbound tourists from China was up by 20 per cent from last year.

Therefore, she thought that it was a “good thing that Phuket province valued looking after tourists by increasing the quality and standards of safety”.

Speaking on behalf of the bus division of the Andaman Tourism Business Association, Mr Wichai Siemsawn revealed some details about the procurement through Bestlin Group Co Ltd, which he said will initially provide 100 of 300 new buses on a six-year finance plan.

Though declining to provide the exact value of the procurement, Mr Wichai said that tourism operators who will receive and use the busses will not be required to make a down payment or pay any installments, which he said will be covered by the tourism retail outlets requiring the transport of the (Chinese) tourists.

“There are about 1,000 tour buses in use in Phuket right now, 300 of which belong to the [Andaman Tourism Business] Association. But especially during festive periods, there aren’t enough buses and we need to bring in buses from other provinces to meet the demand.

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“Sometimes, these buses are old and the drivers aren’t familiar with the local roads, which results in accidents often,” he said.

“So this is why we organized this event to procure an additional 300 buses. In the first phase, we’ll get 100 buses, which will be ready for use by August 15,” he added.

Mr Wichai did not provide details about the other 200 buses.

The introduction of the first 100 new buses should be just in time for the expected completion of the Sam Kong underpass.

Meanwhile, Phuket traffic congestion continues to worsen due to constant roadworks, the influx of mass tourism and the increased number of private vehicles added to traffic at the same time that public transport remains unreliable and inadequate. 





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Joe12 | 27 July 2016 - 17:14:45

Paully44/Rorii...LOL.. while Bigaresort and I are basking in the sun, we can rent a beach umbrella from you guys.

Don't know where you got this pearler from, "said he purchased 4 of these condos in Kamala largely based on Thai statistics." If you going to quote things.. make sure they are right. This is the best one though... "conned" group." You're so simple minded that you have no idea.  

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Bigaresort | 27 July 2016 - 07:04:12

Hi Guys,I dont knew what you are all complain about? I
go on my bush bike, drive 3 my boat and go sailing.Dont tell you to where! We all saw it comeing! God or who else bless the Chinese they pay my bills when I am out there!  Horst

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Pauly44 | 26 July 2016 - 14:36:38

Rorii, Joe 12 said he purchased 4 of these condos in Kamala largely based on Thai statistics, 300 additional bus loads of Chinese would certainly be enhancing his investment, yep I'd say not someone you'd be taking investment advice from, nuff said.

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Rorii | 26 July 2016 - 07:06:33

Joe12, thanks for the long winded, but short on any facts, story, but hey mate, yes, you are one of the "conned" group. Just have a look at all the unoccupied, unfinished condos, and see the "con" in action.

Thanks for the "free" lesson, it taught me NOT to listen to your investment strategies. 

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Joe12 | 25 July 2016 - 16:33:21

Rorii/Belzeybob...a free lesson for you about investing and statistics. As an investor, or a merchant banker acting on behalf a client, looking for investments anywhere in the world, due diligence is a must. One doesn't just say, "Yeah. This is good, we'll buy here."  Even buying your first home one takes into account a number of factors e.g., location, school location etc.

As part of the due diligence process, one therefore looks at a whole range of options before decisions are made e.g., location, weather, scenic value, governance and stability. One important option is to identify the market. Unless you’re an idiot, you can't sit outside hotels or the airport counting how many people arrive and depart. You get those from official figures. They collect the data for the same reason as an investor would for analytical purposes to plan. 

So, if I were the head of an Investment company, I would be obtaining a range of statistical data for a number of countries to analyze what would be a viable investment strategy. If I can see that Phuket is expecting 4 million Chinese tourists alone and which is an increase of 20% from the previous year, it clearly shows that the responsible body is doing something positive, so it's a good option to invest. In other words, if I can get 100 THB from each of those tourists, that's a good investment, so you structure your investment to suit. So yes, I use and refer to them a lot as an instructive tool only.

Hope that answers your query.

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Kurt | 25 July 2016 - 09:40:45

Yes Rorii, I agree with you.
Last week we could read in thai newspapers that high ranking thai officials, up to ministerial level feel they can sell 'white lies' to public, because that comforts them.

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Rorii | 25 July 2016 - 08:05:58

Joe12, and just what "statistics" do you "refer" to, if they are those released by Thai officials then you really need educating, even one minister admitted to using fake numbers, why, because it made things look better and made investors feel more "secure."
Are you one of those who have been conned?

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Kurt | 24 July 2016 - 21:53:13

Confused Kevin,  yes, you are right. At many locations are busses half the time stationary  with running engines to provide the driver a pleasant cool day sleep.

A bit operational management is hard to find in Phuket's transport sector.

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Ed Sanders | 24 July 2016 - 20:39:37

Ahhh...the race to the bottom continues at full throttle.

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KCPhuket | 24 July 2016 - 17:26:17

Meanwhile, Phuket traffic congestion continues to worsen due to constant roadworks, the influx of mass tourism and the increased number of private vehicles added to traffic at the same time...nobody on the same page...keep the money coming!

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