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Phiphat vows to bolster tourism in Phuket

Phiphat vows to bolster tourism in Phuket

PHUKET: Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn was in Phuket today (Aug 3) on an inspection tour and to bolster confidence in the government’s efforts to boost the tourism industry.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 3 August 2019, 11:48PM

Minister Phiphat headlined a meeting at Phuket Boat Lagoon this afternoon to hear first-hand from hotel and tourism operators their primary concerns, namely the plunge in the growth in the number of tourism arrivals, especially from Mainland China.

Present at the meeting were Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana and key tourism figures, including marine tourism operators as well as former Phuket Senator Tunyaratt Achariyachai, who for years has sat on the Senate Standing Committee for Tourism, and Bhuritt Maswongssa, General Manager of the Patong Resort Hotel and key member Tourism Development Committee of South Andaman Tourism Development Area under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Mr Phiphat explained at the meeting that his visit to hear about the obstacles to growth from tourism operators themselves.

“Then we can coordinate the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to resolve these problems and drive the tourism industry to achieve and be effective because the service sector and tourism are the main sectors that will bring money into the country,” he said.

“The government aims in the next two years to have income from tourism account for 30% of GDP. Therefore, all ministries that are involved in tourism must help to find ways and strive to make the tourism business truly strong and sustainable,” he said.

Following the meeting, Mr Phiphat told the press, “From visiting the Phuket area today, overall, we must admit that Phuket is not as sluggish as has been talked about by some parties.

“It is a little slow, but not as bad as some news reports, especially regarding Chinese tourists, and now there are more Indian tourists traveling to Phuket,” he said.

 “Data from Phuket International Airport reports that more chartered aircraft are coming,” he added.

“The Ministry of Tourism is ready to support tourism in Phuket and the Andaman region and develop it so that the tourism industry operates fully 365 days a year, with no high season or low season,” Mr Phipat said.

Mr Phipat pointed out the government’s efforts to expand the marine facilities to accommodate large tourist boats and cruise ships.

“So Phuket becomes a sea tourism hub with tourist routes from Phuket to Penang, Malacca and Singapore then return (to Thailand) to Songkhla and Pattaya, which is a popular tourist route,” he said.

“This will make Thailand benefit from tourism both on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand,” he added.

“Thailand is ready for this opportunity, to take care of the safety of life and property of tourists, and ready to welcome tourists to travel to Thailand throughout the year,” he added.

Following the meeting at Phuket Boat Lagoon, Minister Phipat travelled to Karon Stadium to officiate the opening of the 13th Kata Karon Cup seven-a-side football tournament.

He also stopped by at Patong Beach to meet and talk with lifeguards there, and to watch a surf rescue demonstration.

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BenPendejo | 05 August 2019 - 13:12:09

And don't forget the 2nd new submarine Timothy...another vital asset for the Thailand.  As long as Thai officials insist on doing things without outside expertise, they will continue to throw good money at bad projects while the country goes down the drain.

Timothy | 05 August 2019 - 09:11:13

Way to go Dek. You actually commented on an article instead of ridiculing another poster. I agree with you on this. They are doing nothing regarding waste water flowing into the sea. Power outages. Roads too narrow for current traffic. Empty reservoirs. But they want to expand the airport, or even build a second airport. They want to waste billions on a stupid train to Phuket town...Why$$

BigA | 05 August 2019 - 08:59:05

Get the Thai Baht down to its real level 40 to the Euro a.s.a.p. and the problem is solved .Many European go somewhere cheaper and may not come back

Rorri_2 | 05 August 2019 - 06:31:31

OMG, Dek, at last  you have something constructive, to say, well done, now if Kurt had said it, I'm sure you would have criticized him, in fact you probably would condemn him for telling Thais what to do.

DeKaaskopp | 04 August 2019 - 20:33:32

Instead of trying to attract more and more tourists to come to Thailand,they should invest into infrastructure first,like having a stable power supply or functioning incinerators with enough capacities .As especially Thailand 's islands  are drowning in waste,it is quite reckless to even think about having more tourists.

BenPendejo | 04 August 2019 - 16:16:11

Jeez, what a load of crap was this dog and pony show. Not only is Minister Phiphat out of touch with Phuket, but most the people he was meeting with are the very people that continuously mismanage Thai resources. “Thailand is take care of the safety of life and property of tourists. Where has he been hiding?

Kurt | 04 August 2019 - 15:30:55

That Phuket not is sluggish as talked about, and that it is just a 'little slow', is the Phuket understatement of the Phuket year so far. Very sweet said.
Did Phuket Governor informed Minister, Senator and all other high level who attended the inspection tour that the Phuket water supply levels are critical low now?  Not a single word about it?

Foot | 04 August 2019 - 07:32:06

The last few years Thailand has eliminated tourist attractions and made ex-pat requirements more difficult.
Asked before and will ask again now.
After all the talk of supporting tourism, what makes anyone think that Thailand actually wants tourism or ex-pats?

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