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Governor invites envoys to inspect Phuket 

Governor invites envoys to inspect Phuket 

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has called for foreign envoys to come and inspect Phuket for themselves as a mark of confidence that the island is ready to receive visitors, namely tourists.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 5 June 2020, 11:48AM


“I would like Phuket to organise activities leading the consulates from various countries to travel to Phuket in order to see the beautiful tourist attractions and to promote tourism for Phuket,” he said.

The call came at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jun 4) attended by consuls and honorary consuls in Phuket from 16 countries: Australia, Luxembourg, Russia, Korea, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, England, Austria, Mexico, Estonia, Finland, Chile, Norway, Germany and Denmark.

The meeting was held to discuss and receive opinions and feedback on the development direction of Phuket in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, said a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

Governor Phakaphong pointed out that Phuket had recorded 227 confirmed cases of people infected with COVID-19.

“No people are currently receiving medical treatment in hospital and there has not been a confirmed case for 10 consecutive days,” he said.

The PR Phuket report did not mention that three people in Phuket have died as a result of being infected with the virus.

The Governor pointed out that the central government had allocated B1 trillion to the recovery of the country amid the fallout from COVID-19: B45 billion for public health plans, B555bn for relief remedies, and B400bn for social and economic recovery framework.

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Governor Phakaphong also pointed out that Phuket officials had facilitated more than 2,827 foreign tourists in Phuket returning to their 24 home countries.

The diplomatic corps in Phuket present at the meeting thanked Phuket officials for their assistance in helping foreign tourists return home, said the PR Phuket report.

In terms of feedback about visitors returning to Phuket post-COVID-19, the general consensus was that tourists still have confidence and will want to travel to Phuket again when the situation is normal, the report added.

Governor Phakaphong also gave special attention to medical tourism, and to a proposal to allow medical tourists extended stays in Thailand once the international restrictions are lifted.

“As for the proposal, which would like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide assistance regarding a permit to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days in the event that foreign tourists come to use medical services in Thailand, those involved in the medical industry can work with the Phuket Passport Office* to submit the proposal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further consideration,” Governor Phakaphong said.


* The Phuket Passport Office, whose main responsibility is to issue passports to Thai nationals, operates under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although it has never been publicly announced, it is understood that the Phuket Passport Office acts as the leading Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Phuket.

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ematt | 06 June 2020 - 15:42:09

Wow, the bitter malcontents are out in full force today!

Kurt | 06 June 2020 - 12:43:51

That Phuket Governor invites the foreign envoys, Consuls living on Phuket, to inspect Phuket tells it all. Not needed, as Envoys/Consuls know what it is all over Phuket, partly through updated feed backs of their own nationals. What is Phuket Governor thinking? Is he thinking?

Kurt | 06 June 2020 - 12:38:09

Perhaps the Phuket Governor can show the 2 not connected shower stands at Naiharn Beach. (10 years there) Erected with budget, but no water pipe lines to them. A nice piece of Orbor Tor/Provincial corruption. And where are the free toilets with hand wash facilities at Phuket beaches? Now people have to pie in the beach water. Sanitary wise public beaches Phuket are poor.

harald | 06 June 2020 - 10:56:03

first helping the criminal gang in bangkok destroying tourism than doing as he will promote tourism and trying to restore confidence knowing the gang in bangkok let only tourists from country come to thailand sign a extortinate contract dictated from this gang. this is also the new "normal" tourism :-D

Pascale | 05 June 2020 - 22:10:16

@Nekar09   Stupid words from a single person,albeit they came from a minister. Anyway time to get over it.If you can't,take consequences and say good bye to Thailand.

ThorFinger | 05 June 2020 - 21:55:57

eg One of the body's most important defence mechanisms against viruses is vitamin D from the sun. To deprive people from gathering in large open spaces whilst allowing people to cram a few centimetres from each other in some shops just boggles my mind.

ThorFinger | 05 June 2020 - 21:50:54

I'm sorry that to some Thais who  read these comments, may think that Farang are always complaining, but really the lack of logic that has been applied during this 'crisis' is really mind boggling. And don't worry, it's not just in Thailand but such erratic logic still needs to be pointed out.
eg One of the body's most important defence mechanisms against viruses is vitami...

Nekar09 | 05 June 2020 - 15:43:20

But like two months ago the westerners were all dirty and had brought the covid19 to thailand...

ericphuket | 05 June 2020 - 14:44:30

The consuls visiting Phuket at arrival 14 days quarantine?
Start opening the airport before inviting people.

friend | 05 June 2020 - 14:16:59

the general consensus was that tourists still have confidence and will want to travel to Phuket again when the situation is normal, the report added. normal is beaches and airport open

Paddy | 05 June 2020 - 13:47:41

Is the clown going to bus them in ? Sure they will be impressed .

Kurt | 05 June 2020 - 12:37:06

... Oh yes, seeing rows of hungry thai lining up for free food handing outs by private samaritan Foreigners and Thai. Can the Phuket governor show that to the Envoys and explain why he not put in his efforts as Governor of the richest province of Thailand? 

Kurt | 05 June 2020 - 12:29:17

What are the 'beautiful attractions' on Phuket? The horrible Zoo, the closed Phrom Thep Cape and beaches? Polluted patong beach water and Bangla Road? The into busses unsafe converted lorries with wooden benches to proof 3rd world levels? No busses after sunset. No glass of wine or beer at open air restaurants? Any more 'attraction'? Oh yes, seeing rows of thai lining up for free f...

Kurt | 05 June 2020 - 12:14:00

Keeping the Phuket beaches closed is not a mark of confidence that Phuket is ready to receive visitors, namely foreign tourists. This meeting was just a fishing expedition of the governor to receive 'thanks' for allowing 2827 foreign tourist returning home countries. There are still many waiting for that.

LALALA | 05 June 2020 - 11:56:43

the general consensus was that ....tourists still have confidence and will want to travel to Phuket again when the situation is normal.... That says it all, NO facemasks, NO tracking, NO covid-insurance etc.... than tourists may come back, otherwise NOT

 

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