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How will ‘Chindia’ change Phuket’s tourism future?’

How will ‘Chindia’ change Phuket’s tourism future?’

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For a great number of Phuket hoteliers, the first half of 2018 saw marketplace velocity, where RevPAR’s rose on surging demand, and the most often heard comment was the ignominious ‘same same’. Though room rate growth was not there, volume ruled the day. Next came, what is referred to on […]

Phuket now has a world class shopping hub

Phuket now has a world class shopping hub

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The population of Thailand is around 70 million people. I think most of them were at the opening night of the new Central Floresta yesterday. As far as openings go this must have put a smile on the Central owners and management involved in bringing this new shopping experience to […]

Responsible property purchases – do your homework and seek a second opinion

Responsible property purchases – do your homework and seek a second opinion

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Many times prospective buyers of property in Thailand search online for legal information in regards to their purchase. They soon discover that online legal advice varies depending on the law office, lawyer or advisor providing the information. In some cases advice is given which recommends that to secure an investment […]

The cost of living in Phuket

The cost of living in Phuket

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Living costs in Thailand can vary wildly, depending on where you live – it’s the same anywhere in the world. But the situation becomes more exaggerated on a tourist island like Phuket. No longer simply the tropical island paradise with kilometres of beaches, the island is now a bustling tourist […]

Law and Order: Tangled Thai defamation laws

Law and Order: Tangled Thai defamation laws

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Living in the Land of Smiles you need to mind your Ps & Qs, as an expat, tourist, company or just about anyone actually. Thai defamation laws can be used to silence people, even in the most innocuous situations. It’s different from the West and, living here, you need to […]

Sadvertising: The art of making us cry and selling stuff

Sadvertising: The art of making us cry and selling stuff

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“Sadvertising is a consumer advertising trend in which ad creators are using a certain set of strategies to play on people’s emotions and touch off feelings of sadness, melancholy or wistfulness. Touching or emotional advertising has become increasingly popular in recent years as companies work to create strong emotional ties […]

A tale of two cities, Phuket style

A tale of two cities, Phuket style

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The raindrops keep falling on my head. Rainy season always brings with it time to dust off the classics, and strangely enough, straight off my top shelf came Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Life is played out so well in these tattered pages, which are turned a mottled brown […]

The evolution of an island – Phuket’s rise and rise

The evolution of an island – Phuket’s rise and rise

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“Thailand’s great push forward on mega-transportation projects is seeing strong dividends being paid in its tourism industry. One key example is Phuket, where passenger arrivals grew by nearly 19% in the first four month of the year at the newly upgraded and expanded international airport.” Why Phuket? One only has […]

73% of Thais are buying online – Experian

73% of Thais are buying online – Experian

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Three quarters of Thai consumers are making online purchases, with Beauty and Fashion, and Electronics being the top categories. However, as consumers continue to look towards convenience, fraud exposure will likely increase – these are the findings of the Digital Consumer Insights 2018 by the world’s leading information services company […]

In money, managers matter

In money, managers matter

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Next month the 21st Fifa World Cup will kick off in Russia. On the back of world cup fever, we thought it would be an appropriate time to discuss the lessons that football can teach us about selecting investments You may remember Sir Alex Ferguson and his 26 years at […]