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'No foreign tourist cancellations' say Phuket tourist associations as Sunday 'Walking Street' night market cancelled

'No foreign tourist cancellations' say Phuket tourist associations as Sunday 'Walking Street' night market cancelled

PHUKET: The weekly “Lard Yai Walking Street” market in Old Town Phuket has been cancelled this Sunday (August 14) as an extra safety precaution in the wake of arson and bomb attacks on Thursday and Friday.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 13 August 2016, 12:08PM


LardYai Walking Street market, a popular Sunday night activity among Thais and foreigners, is cancelled on August 14. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

LardYai Walking Street market, a popular Sunday night activity among Thais and foreigners, is cancelled on August 14. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The cancellation was announced through a post on the market’s official facebook page.

Meanwhile, leaders of four key hotel and tourism business associations on the island have signed a letter issued to member businesses asking for cooperation in crisis management measures.

The letter – signed by the heads of the Phuket Tourist Association (Satienpong Na Takuathung), Thai Hotel Association Southern Chapter (Dr Kritsada Tansakul), Patong Hotels Association (Ms Supattra Jaruariyanon) and the Kata Karon Hotel Business Association (Mr Kritsada Kanchanalai) – asks for hotel and tourism operator members to ramp up surveillance and exercise vigelence  around their respective places of business, and to provide convenience and accurate information on the state of affairs.

The letter noted that “though there may be cancellations among Thai nationals, there has been no notification of cancellations among foreign tourists,” adding that occupancy remains at about 70 per cent islandwide, and 80% in Patong.

The letter closed by stressing that ramped-up security measures would help to restore confidence among travellers.

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At the time of press, Phuket FC’s match tonight with Ranong United at Surakul Stadium was still on schedule for a 7pm kickoff. 

However, the "Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert", which was scheduled to start at 5pm tonight and feature popular headling Thai rock acts Bodyslam and Big Ass, has been postponed.

 


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Joe12 | 14 August 2016 - 17:40:34

Kurt...how you arrive at your usual absurd conclusion?
If you bother to read overseas trends in terrorism attacks, public dissemination of threats and to be aware and report suspicious activity is the norm. Better to know than be kept in the dark.   

Kurt | 14 August 2016 - 12:13:49

On Phuket, hotels are very reluctant to give their real accurate occupancy rate.
Mostly it is 'flattered' in order to keep the room rates high and to confident the stockholders.

Kurt | 14 August 2016 - 09:45:52

Giving the thai terrorists to much press and giving them ideas is not good.
Why to write about the LardYai walking street market?
Ok, for today it is cancelled. Very reactive.
But next week it will be open again and than still bombing can happen. 
Sooner or later, it can happen any time, same counts for the busy places in Patong.
Only solution is upgrading security.
Not just for a few days, ...

TS123 | 13 August 2016 - 23:41:28

It's a bit early to tell with respect to foreigners..  Hotel occupancy seems extremely high given it's low season, I don't think this is a true reflection.  If locals have cancelled then occupancy must have been at 90% - 100%.  A quick search on Agoda displays 1500 hotels with vacancies in Phuket, 600 in Patong alone.

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