TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Phuket Airport Asleep at the Wheel?

Category: Tourism, Posted:10 Sep 2009 | 09:17 am

While the mounting storm of controversy concerning foreign nominees, land rights and that elusive beach front land issue its important to take a step back and realize that the engine which makes Phuket tug along continues to be tourism and the service industry.
Perhaps the same consideration as is fueling a heated depart on property could be better directed to looking after our tourism industry and ensuring care, safety and international standards are in place which will ensure long term stability. Traveling often to Bangkok the past month it's been a pleasure to walk through the airport, no touts hassling you, get into a metered tax (paying a THB 50 baht surcharge) and arriving at your destination.
Returning to Phuket is like running a virtual gauntlet with taxi touts, guides, and hotel bookings and of course vacation ownership reps. Visitors are for the most part denied access to proper curbside metered taxis and concessionaires rule with prices well in excess of the norm. The same can be said for someone wanting to go from Patong to Laguna in a tuk tuk in what would cost well under THB 100 baht in a metered taxi in Bangkok costs THB 600-1000 here.
With tourists drowning almost every week perhaps the airport needs a spring cleaning, preventative information handed out about safe swimming and tourists lives saved instead of being jeopardized by taxi touts, jet ski operators and a number of other tourist scams.
If they can clean up Bangkok airport, why can't the same be done on this island? We are still targeting over 5 million visitors this year and instead of chasing the demons of nominees perhaps equal vigor should be applied to the tourism dollar meal ticket, which is the underpinning economic mother lode of destination Phuket.

Other News

Read more

Direct International Flight For Koh Samui Coming

Category: Tourism, Posted:27 Jul 2021 | 11:29 am Koh Samui is set for the resumption of international flights from Singapore on the 1st of August. Under the Samui Plus program and expecting increased demand, Bangkok Airways is taking this first step for the direct overseas service. The initial stage is three flights a week on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Meanwhile in the Phuket […]
Read more

Thailand Property Takes Urban Flight As Lifestyle Takes Over

Category: Real estate, Posted:26 Jul 2021 | 06:00 am Thailand’s resort real estate markets have experienced a dramatic reset in buyer profiles over the past eighteen months of the pandemic. A strong wave of domestic demand has seen Thais flocking to the country’s leisure destinations and snapping up holiday or second homes. According to new data released by Thai property portal FazWaz, the popular […]
Read more

Just Another Sunday – Catch-Up

Category: Tourism, Posted:25 Jul 2021 | 15:08 pm It’s a great day to catch up on last week’s video sessions. Check out a replay of the special Business Insider Thailand Resort Property online event.  We also talk to a leading Thai developer on rewriting the map in Northwest Phuket, where a second resort-styled CBD is emerging and finally more on the ongoing Sandbox. […]