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Tourism Minister pins hopes on events to boost Phuket economy

Tourism Minister pins hopes on events to boost Phuket economy

PHUKET: Minister for Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has said that he hopes more events will be held in Phuket in order to boost the number of visitors coming to Phuket, and generate more income for residents and businesses on the island.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 13 September 2020, 06:38PM

Mr Phiphat attended several events in Phuket yesterday, including the official opening of the ‘We Run Phuket’ fun run held at Patong Beach.

“At this stage, some businesses are still closed, and people do not have income, so I hope sport events can be a part to stimulate tourism and the economy and make income for local people,” Mr Phiphat said.

Present at the opening ceremony were Phuket Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup, and other officials.

Mr Phiphat explained that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports chose to hold the event in Phuket, as Phuket is the second-highest income generating province in the country and was badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

“More than 1,000 runners from 60 provinces applied to join this event. More events will be held in Phuket in order to support local tourism,” he added.

Mr Phiphat yesterday also presided over the opening ceremony of the ‘Amazing Thai Taste @Phuket #Local Food’ event held at Queen Sirikit park in Phuket Town.

The event, organised by the Phuket office of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), was held yesterday and today, featuring local dishes from various communities across Phuket and live entertainment.

Keeping the events theme rolling, the Phuket Surfing Contest 2020 at Kalim beach, north of Patong, began today. The contest continues through Tuesday.

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Kurt | 15 September 2020 - 07:37:50

No foreign tourists will come with that useless fit to fly paper ( how much to pay for that?) and next a 2 week quarantine for whatever a ASLQ hotel is asking ( 100,000 till 250,000 THB, up to the hotel scam as Phuket Governor proudly announced with these 4 VIP's from France). Thai complete off the world thinking in all this. A lot of laugh abroad .

Lu | 14 September 2020 - 14:58:21

One more SMALL drop on the HOT stone !?  when will be the Date they do accept that a real boost of tourism is only possible by opening the County 

Kurt | 14 September 2020 - 10:52:54

Mr Phipat's words: " Some businesses are still closed".  Huh, some? From under what stone this nonsense talk is that? Phuket is 'dead'.
Covid-19 Time asks Government adjustments. Start to instruct Immigration to adjust too,  let stay here the healthy tourists you still have, until the pandemic is over.   :-)  They financially contribute more than just 'hopes' from yo...

Kurt | 14 September 2020 - 10:27:51

Is Mr Phipat living on Phuket or does he fly in- and out all the time? Is that needed for bringing'hopes' only? 'Stimulate tourism'? Mr Phipat, your borders are closed for tourists, and the short time visa tourists who contribute here what you look for are driven out now by your Immigration.

ThorFinger | 13 September 2020 - 20:48:25

Really? What can I say?
He has to say something. He has to do something... but really is useless and he knows it. 

Svcoquette | 13 September 2020 - 19:02:25

You want tourists to come to Phuket yet you are pushing us here to leave 26th Sept. Make up your mind, let us stay without hassles. Extend all VISA s  until at least 31 Dec as Malaysia has done.


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