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Express Carpets bring Bangkok fashion, expertise to Phuket

Express Carpets bring Bangkok fashion, expertise to Phuket

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A new word is circling among homeowners on Phuket’s northwest coast, spoken so quietly it is barely a whisper: “carpet”. Well, rugs too, if we want to be specific. The silent arrival of Express Carpet & Decor in Cherng Talay in October has not gone unnoticed. The doors opened and […]

Reflections #2 – Thailand Tourism Forum – ‘Chindia Tourism’

Reflections #2 – Thailand Tourism Forum – ‘Chindia Tourism’

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If you’re running a hotel or any business related to the local tourism industry in Thailand, this is an article you need to read, then read again. It was just one of the many presentations at the annual Thailand Tourism Forum held in Bangkok recently. “For the third year running, […]

Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

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One of the key points made at the recently concluded Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 in Bangkok, was the country’s over reliance on mass tourism. Jesper Palmqvist of STR presented full year hotel data for Phuket which showed signs of recovery, yet highlighting the full impact of the drop in Chinese […]

City by the Bay – Laguna Phuket’s urbanisation

City by the Bay – Laguna Phuket’s urbanisation

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If you were going to play a soundtrack to this story, perhaps it could be started off best with the 80’s hit “We Built This City”. If you toured the Laguna Phuket area in the year the song charted in 1985, the area was an eerie lunar landscape of a former tin […]

OPINION – The devil is in the detail. Phuket tourism

OPINION – The devil is in the detail. Phuket tourism

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An article appeared this week providing a misleading, dare I say ‘fake’, impression about the current tourist situation in Phuket. Given the highly selective and well-timed photos you would think that Phuket has been deserted by tourists and the place is a ghost town. “The streets are barren and the […]

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 […]