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Phuket expat re-invents the way sewing machines work

Phuket expat re-invents the way sewing machines work

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When you list the worlds top inventions the sewing machine is rarely included, it’s lucky if it makes it into the top 50! But there are very few moments in our daily life when we are not close to something that’s been produced using a sewing machine. Now a recent […]

Thai baht surges against weakening US dollar

Thai baht surges against weakening US dollar

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The Thai baht is soaring to its highest level against the US dollar in more than half a decade. Analysts are expecting the Thai currency to continue marching past the 31 baht to the US dollar mark. Currency experts believe the baht’s strength could be partly due to the weakness […]

Due diligence: The key factor in choosing a financial adviser

Due diligence: The key factor in choosing a financial adviser

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If you don’t have a good long-term relationship with your financial adviser, you may not get the most appropriate advice when you need it. If you don’t you could lose money, so do your due diligence You need to do a little research like you would when you are buying […]

IHG acquires Six Senses in US$300mn cash buyout

IHG acquires Six Senses in US$300mn cash buyout

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PHUKET: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced the acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, one of the world’s leading operators of luxury hotels, resorts and spas. The US$300 million (B9.04 billion) cash acquisition from Pegasus Capital Advisors includes all of Six Senses’ brands and operating companies and does not […]

Russian Consulate-General to open in Phuket this year

Russian Consulate-General to open in Phuket this year

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PHUKET: The Russian Federation is expected to open a Consulate-General in Phuket later this year to cater to the needs of the resident Russian expat community and Russian tourists alike, Russian Ambassador to Thailand Evgeny Tomikhin has announced. Mr Tomikhin made his announcement last Saturday (Feb 9) in front of […]

Thailand’s property market surges with Chinese confidence remaining high

Thailand’s property market surges with Chinese confidence remaining high

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Chinese investors are still spending big in Thailand’s property market. The country’s ‘teflon’ tourist reputation and uncertain national election outcomes are doing little subdue investor enthusiasm. Two coups in a decade have done little to cool enthusiasm in Thai property. Tourists from Asia’s top economy continue to recognise Thailand as a top […]

Online hotel booking giants to make major changes after UK probe

Online hotel booking giants to make major changes after UK probe

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PHUKET: Six major online booking operators – Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com, ebookers and trivago – have agreed to make “voluntary” changes to their online sales tactics following an investigation by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into issues including pressure selling, misleading discount claims, the effect that commissions have […]

Phuket airport readies for heavier air traffic

Phuket airport readies for heavier air traffic

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PHUKET: Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd, the state company for air-traffic controllers better known as “Aerothai”, will launch a new air-traffic control system at Phuket International Airport to cope with the ever-increasing number of flights landing and taking off at the island’s key tourism portal. A demonstration of the new […]

More than ten thousand million baht generated during Chinese New Year in Phuket

More than ten thousand million baht generated during Chinese New Year in Phuket

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The TAT Phuket has done its sums for this year’s Chinese New Year activities in Phuket from February 5 to February 12. They estimate 500,000 tourists will visit for the annual Chinese holiday which will generated 11,441 million baht for the island. Kanokkittikar Kritwutthikorn, director of the Phuket office of the TAT says, “The check-in […]

New Year ignites Phuket tourism

New Year ignites Phuket tourism

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PHUKET: Red lanterns are not only lighting up Phuket during the Chinese New Year festival, but also delighting tourist operators. As Chinese New Year celebrations start tomorrow, Phuket is starting to see an upswing in local tourism, which was dealt a major blow after the Phoenix boat tragedy last year […]