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Phuket Governor inspects sites for proposed convention centre, sports complex

Phuket Governor inspects sites for proposed convention centre, sports complex

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana on Friday led an inspection tour of two sites in Phuket, one where the provincial government hopes to build an “international convention centre”, the other where the provincial government hopes to build a sports complex.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 21 October 2019, 05:39PM


Joining Governor Phakaphong on Friday (Oct 18) was Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai, Phuket Provincial Office Chief Thalerngsak Nuchprahan and other officials.

The two sites inspected were both in Moo 5, Baan Tha Chatchai, Mai Khao, at the very northern reaches of Phuket near the bridges off the island.

The land earmarked for an “international convention hall” measures in 141 rai 2 ngan and 63.7 square wah, or 56 acres, offering a total of 226,654.8 square metres on which to build the centre.

The site marked for the sports complex measures 238 rai 1 ngan 25 square wah, or 94.22 acres, offering 381,300sqm for the complex.

During the visit Governor Phakaphong examined the sites for appropriateness of each location and took photos to help support a formal request for the budget to build both centres, noted a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department of Thailand.

Of note, the northern reaches of Phuket have long been a target site for a “Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC)”, with quick access to the airport and the bridges on and off the island. The concept was first raised nearly 20 years ago, but fell into disfavour during the reign of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

A national government loan from the World Bank deployed under the “Thai Khem Kaeng” fiscal stimulus policy to fund development projects later saw the funds for the Phuket ICEC redirected to build a convention centre in Chiang Mai.

Phuket MP at the time Democrat Anchalee Tephabutra directly challenged Yingluck Shinawatra during parliamentary question time over the reallocation of the funds. Thaksin’s younger sister refused to answer the question on public record.

Meanwhiel, the northern end of the island has become a haven for major sports events, including the annual Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run, Half Marathon held yesterday (Oct 20). (See story here.)

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Kurt | 11 November 2019 - 14:29:20

What is this 'inspection' saying about a Governor who knows damn well about the water crisis disaster Phuket is in? What does this Governor contribute to Phuket island's welfare, or improvement of what is needed about what we have or going to loose?  (WATER)
How Phuket got in his hands as most revenue earning province? Who in BKK is responsible for appointing this official?

Kurt | 23 October 2019 - 10:44:02

Before always initiating something new, get your existing 'house' in good order. Incinerator capacity, water guarantee,  modernise the all over crippled garbage/trash collection, a good trained/disciplined life guard system, no longer falling utility poles when it rains a day. Get Chalong hospital operational. And so on, and so on.

Timothy | 23 October 2019 - 08:44:56

Forget about raw sewage flowing onto the beaches. The empty reservoirs and water rationing. The garbage piling up everyday at Saphan Hin. The narrow roads with traffic backed up. The electrical outages and spaghetti wiring. What Phuket really needs most is a train and a really expensive convention center. Build it next to that very useful Gateway building that sat empty for years.  

Kurt | 22 October 2019 - 12:20:43

Another tip for Phuket Governor.  Inspect the remaining empty Chalong hospital.  So far a waste of money building it. People daily passing by there see how things not work on Phuket. Thousands of Chalong Pier tourists needs a real nearby hospital.

Kurt | 22 October 2019 - 11:30:14

Why is the Governor not first 'inspecting' the water reservoirs and initiate works ( pipelines, etc) to fill them. I think that should have priority above another next project with nice  dream budgets. What to do with a ICEC + Sport complex when there is no water?

Fascinated | 21 October 2019 - 18:33:24

Oh goody- does this mean we will have another 'hub'?

BenPendejo | 21 October 2019 - 18:29:39

Ha!..." the northern end of the island [is] a haven for major sports events"...get serious. Virtually everywhere in Phuket has a "Fun Run".  Guarantee, these are both boondoggle projects and a waste of money. The funds should be spent on desperately needed public works projects like sewage treatment, reservoir/water works expansion, and solid waste processing.

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