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Phuket TAT chief unshaken about copycat ‘Vegetarian Festivals’

PHUKET: As the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016 gets underway today (Oct 1), another version of the “Vegetarian Festival” to be held over the same nine days will begin in the Chinatown Yaowarat district in Bangkok.

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Sunday 2 October 2016, 11:00AM


Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office Chief Anoma Vongyai remains confident that the 'alternative' vegetarian festivals will have no adverse effect on the cultural or commercial attraction of the Phuket home-grown celebration.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office Chief Anoma Vongyai remains confident that the 'alternative' vegetarian festivals will have no adverse effect on the cultural or commercial attraction of the Phuket home-grown celebration.

Yet, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office Chief Anoma Vongyai remains confident that the “alternative” vegetarian festivals will have no adverse effect on the cultural or commercial attraction of the Phuket home-grown celebration.

“No, this will not affect the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Phuket has been holding this festival for 191 years,” Ms Anoma, who was born and raised in Phuket, said.

“Also, this will not affect the number of tourists coming to Phuket. The tourists who come to Phuket at this time of year are mostly tourists who have come especially to watch – or to join – the festival,” Ms Anoma told The Phuket News.

“I am not concerned about this aspect at all,” she added. “The original is the original. It is not a competition. It is about faith, and people who believe in this practice will join a festival near their homes or they will travel. We should focus on the beliefs of the festival in bringing peace to the soul and mind.”

Although Ms Anoma said she will keep promoting the festival as it is, she also called for a more “humble” version of the festival to return.

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“I would like to see the Phuket Vegetarian Festival become more ‘humble’, as it once was years ago,” she said.

The true highlights of the festival are the ceremonies and honouring how people lived in Phuket all those years ago,” she added.

According to information from hotels and resorts, about 250,000 tourists come to Phuket during the Vegetarian Festival, Ms Anoma pointed out.

“Most of the tourist arrivals during this period are Chinese, Malaysia and Singaporean,” she added.

 

 

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Kurt | 03 October 2016 - 11:30:37

More and more I have doubts about functioning of TAT.
Wrong information about Vegetarian festival. ( is historic wise actual not a festival). Read today PG.

Local TAT gives wrong information.
Much talk, but not contribute at all in Phuket Vegetarian happening.
What is the actual substantial contribution in Thailand of TAT?
TAT fiddles with 'expected' tourist figures and percentages, mostly based on nothing.
But TAT knows what they publish today, the public has forgotten in 2 weeks time.
It seems TAT is a kind of self tickling organization, sitting on a lot of contribution money. 
Mumble/mutter a bit in the thai air.

Do Thailand needs such a organization?
Time to shake the non functional death wood out of the TAT trees, and reorganize this TAT to a more ASEAN/International understanding club.  
A TAT official who talks publicly about 'Copycat' Vegetarian doings in Thailand shows not to understand this Chinese celebration.

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Kurt | 03 October 2016 - 08:41:20

I not understand why TAT talks about this Vegetarian Festival which is actually not a thai festival. 
TAT not sponsors it and the thai government not sponsors it because it is by government considered not to be thai.
I red with interest the Opinion interview in PG with the Phuket Shrine Association Chief.
(...Vegetarian 'festival' not really a festival at all...)

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Kurt | 02 October 2016 - 16:52:15

What is copycat? What are other 'versions'?
That the Chinese immigrants started this festival on Phuket about 191 years ago, it still has Chinese temple celebrations, and many thai ( non Chinese) throughout decennia started to join.
If we see such a vegetarian festival the same as Easter, X'Mas, Buddha Days, etc., what make Phuket should have a exclusive patent on it?
Anyway, what we see these days again, all this body humanilations with all kind of steel objects, I see not much to be proud of such 'outings'.
I want back my bike parts, my BBQ sticks, and all what is shown in PN photos being used to stick through bodies, the last few days. Horrible.
Chinese are not doing that!
What Vegetarian Festival? Who want their children see this?

Hope Food Consumer Board is checking the so called vegetarian food in Phuket Town for sale all over the place.
No fake vegetarian?
In the past years there always was. Remember?

Do we expect quality vegetarian food? I do not, it is all Bulk Cheap Charlie.
Money-money-money.

What in particular actually wants Chief Ms Anoma to become more 'humble' again? Speak out!
Not just mumble/mutter something in the air.

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