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Phuket braces for holiday surge

Phuket braces for holiday surge

PHUKET: Phuket is gearing up for a surge in tourist arrivals over the New Year holiday. Thanee Chuangchoo, General Manager of Phuket International Airport, said airlines are being urged to register their New Year flight schedules with the Civil Aviation Authority in advance to avoid a repetition of flight overlaps that occurred last year.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 5 December 2019, 10:37AM

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana said the influx of tourists over the holiday period would boost the island’s economy but also pose problems.

Last year, 14 million tourists visited Phuket, spending a total of about B400 billion.

“Safety measures will be stepped up during the New Year countdown event. This year we are expecting a massive amount of tourists,” Phuket governor Phakaphong Tavipatana told Surasak Pancharoenworakul, MP and chairman of the House Committee on Tourism, during his visit to the southern province early this week.

Those safety measures include deployment of drones and security cameras to monitor tourist sites such as beaches and walking streets, said Prapan Kanpraseang, chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Phuket. He said the province will next year request an additional B100mn budget to purchase a B30mn fire-fighting boat, a B12mn ambulance boat and B60m to build a marine rescue centre.


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goldwing | 06 December 2019 - 10:18:35

wishful thinking

GregoryJCS | 06 December 2019 - 09:00:14

Just what the island doesn't need or want. More bloody tourists! 

Kurt | 05 December 2019 - 21:46:18

What disaster PREVENTION is done/happening on Phuket? Anyone remembers something preventive?
The venom is always in the tail, that B100mn budget for things. A ambulance boat? Money fantasy is staggering. A marine rescue centre?  That is not prevention. Room enough for that  in Chalong Pier Marine Office were it already happens under supervision of Director Wiwat.

Sir Burr | 05 December 2019 - 12:02:43

Nope. Not 14 million. It was 9 million. Just Google it.

Kurt | 05 December 2019 - 11:52:08

What did the Thai Civil Aviation Authorities in cooperation with Phuket Airport Management the last 12 months to avoid the last year flight overlaps? Start thinking/talking now?  Pfff.

Kurt | 05 December 2019 - 11:37:45

Ooh, did thai airlines not yet register their New Year flight schedules for Phuket? I am sure foreign airlines did, as required by international aviation treaties. Block landing rights of domestic airlines that not yet set their flight schedules. Something hard to believe. Is it just perhaps airport management that fails?

CaptainJack69 | 05 December 2019 - 11:06:22

"This year we are expecting a massive amount of tourists", that's funny, no one else is.

stegee | 05 December 2019 - 11:03:24

better tell them to bring their own water as well...

Kurt | 05 December 2019 - 10:56:22

And from where is the massive water volume coming, to 'host' the expected massive volume of tourists,  mr Governor? Remember, we can't drink /shower with all that tourist money you expect. We, inhabitants, want water guarantees for  a normal living.

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