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Is Phuket already on the path to recovery?

Is Phuket already on the path to recovery?

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching and unprecedented. The coronavirus quickly entered Phuket and wreaked havoc on public health and its tourism-fuelled economy. However, despite the concern surrounding Phuket’s future, Blue Horizon Developments’ CEO & founder, Andres Pira, firmly believes the island is already on the path to recovery.

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Sunday 19 July 2020, 10:00AM

The Blue Horizon team (www.BlueHorizon-Thailand.com).

The Blue Horizon team (www.BlueHorizon-Thailand.com).

“Phuket has been through a lot,” says Pira. “When you look back at the financial crisis of 1997 or the tsunami of 2004, it is apparent that the island emerges from a crisis much stronger. COVID-19 will be no different.”

Before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the WHO, it was predicted that Thailand would see 350,000 infections and 7,000 deaths by mid-April 2020. To ensure that those figures remained pessimistic projections, the Thai government declared a state of emergency and took stringent measures to contain the virus. Borders were closed, most Thai provinces were placed under lockdown, and a nationwide curfew was imposed. 

Phuket underwent a more serious lockdown than other areas since the island had the highest number of coronavirus infections per capita in Thailand. Thus, businesses had to temporarily halt operations, including Blue Horizon Developments. With employees working remotely at limited capacity and its contractors unable to proceed with construction projects, the award-winning company suffered losses. 

The President of Phuket Chamber of Commerce, Thanusak Phungdet, recently stated that Phuket is the hardest hit province in Thailand. It has already lost ‎฿120 billion in income and is expected to lose another ฿160 billion by year-end if the situation does not improve. 

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While many investors and developers wonder what the future holds, Pira is confident that the property market will improve by the first quarter of 2021. “Thailand is among the few places in the world that have successfully kept the virus at bay, and Phuket is no exception,” says the real estate tycoon, who praises the country’s leadership, community spirit and healthcare system in dealing with the pandemic. “The economy and the property market will heal. This could be the longest and most painful recovery period to go through, but as with any crisis, COVID-19 offers opportunities for improvement.”

Blue Horizon Developments resumed its operations at the beginning of July and is back in full swing. Aside from honouring professional commitments, both the company’s CEO and employees have been giving back to Phuket’s residents after being inspired by their sense of community, especially during times of hardship. 

Blue Horizon Developments has been showing its continued appreciation for Phuket by supporting over 700 underprivileged kids on the island through visa and work permit sponsorship for English teachers. The company’s employees also distributed food and other necessities to nearby residents together with Andres Pira, who covered all the costs, to help those suffering from a loss of income.

“My team has taken it upon themselves to clean the beaches around Phuket to make them even more stunning than they already are,” says Pira beaming with pride. “We hope to share some of the love and kindness we have received over the years from the generous locals, help ease their struggles, and make the island a more liveable place for everyone here and anyone looking to make Phuket their home. We would like to play our part in Phuket’s recovery from COVID-19.”

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phukethopper369 | 01 August 2020 - 17:06:29

I’m just happy to see that at least a few businesses care about the people and the community in Phuket instead of letting greed get the best of them.

william2alread | 01 August 2020 - 15:47:59

Great article! I’m honestly amazed by how Thailand has contained the virus while many well-developed counties with supposedly better healthcare systems have been unable to.

jonas_369 | 01 August 2020 - 08:30:28

I know someone who works for Andres Pira and all I’ve heard are good things about him. While I get the concern in this comment section, I think it’s important to acknowledge that there are genuine and empathetic business owners among selfish profit-seekers.

Kurt | 30 July 2020 - 09:48:59

A hypothetical filler question or Phuket is on path of recovering. The writers not believe that themselves, writing 120 billion lost and expecting another 160 billion by year end. Till end of August no foreigners arrivals. Perhaps extended for September, will be the same.
Oct-Nov-Dec will not bring tourists this year. As countries were foreign tourist has to come from have spiking Covid-29 figure

kong_xiangxi | 29 July 2020 - 14:17:22

It’s so great to see this company take initiative and help those in need in our society 

vladislav999 | 29 July 2020 - 10:45:44

Me and my family moved to Phuket just before COVID-19 and we are so glad because the situation here is much better than in Europe and we get a better lifestyle, too. Add to that a warm and friendly community and we never want to leave. Fingers crossed, Phuket will make a full recovery.

LALALA | 21 July 2020 - 09:32:15

Thats what Mr. Pira has to say, its his business. Laughable when you look at the well prepared website of his company advertising the ,Best Western Developemnt' as beachfront, same did the Title in Rawai. LOL. Nothing else than a big marketing gag. Welcome to Land of Scam.

Kurt | 21 July 2020 - 00:53:23

@Paddy, Right you are! If your suggestion was implemented  6 years ago ( new regime)than we had not The ACE-One apts scam in Patong,  we were saved that corrupt building situation on the hill above Kata Noi beach, and the illegal houses construction at Naiharn Beach behind 'The NaiHarn Hotel. Of course this are just 3 of the illegal 'allowed' constructions. Thai corruption destroys and...

Paddy | 20 July 2020 - 11:48:18

The last thing we need here, is more white glass box buildings. Is there only one architect in Phuket?The price of property has fallen at least 35% here in the last 12 years . Maybe Bangkok (maybe) should issue building permits here instead of the corrupt idiots here.

tykel668 | 20 July 2020 - 08:54:09

Sorry but the last thing Phuket needs is more building. Just think back to how poisoned it was becoming before covid; white buses pumping out unregulated toxins, not enough water for current inhabitants - high season didnt exist this yr and we still ran out, litter and rubbish everywhere incl beaches. Pure greed that will catch up with us sooner rather than later. People wont come here.

CaptainJack69 | 19 July 2020 - 15:19:19

Why on earth would we listen to a builder about tourism? What does he know?! Clearly he doesn't know jack about social distancing with all his 'staff' crammed in for this ill-advised picture. Still, at least we can rest assured that Phukets' rampant over-development continues unabated despite the crisis. That's it lads, get rid of all those nasty trees please, we want more conc...


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