International Business Association of Phuket

IBAP is comprised of local Thai and foreign-owned businesses with an international outlook. IBAP strives to promote the collective business interests of its members and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.

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April's Program

Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

EVER been to a mass circumcision, checked out the 2000 post-tsunami bodies on Phuket or seen Rohingya boatpeople rioting to avoid death inside Immigration cells? These are among the hidden aspects of everyday life on the Andaman coast, exposed uniquely by the reporting team at Phuketwan.

Phuket's only international award-winning reporters, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, see many bubbling below-the-surface issues in Thailand that inevitably affect Phuket and all its residents, for better or for worse.

Now Phuketwan is not just breaking news but making news - all around the world. Morison and Khun Chutima are being sued by the Royal Thai Navy for criminal defamation, with the Computer Crimes Act being used by the military against the media in Thailand for the very first time.

Come and hear some unique Phuket and Thailand perspectives from two these dedicated jounralists.

Friday April 11, 2014
6:15 PM
URBAN Food, Central Festival

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President's Message

Dear Members and Followers,

I would like thank you for your support through 2013 and wish you a happy and prosperous new year. It has been an eventful year in Phuket, with island infrastructure and development progressing at worrying speeds. Reported tourist arrival figures are expected to have touched 12 million this year, reaching 14 million in the coming year. The impact of this on the island is indeed a concern and should be at the forefront of our planning.

This year has been a year of development for IBAP too. As in previous years, we have seen some great programs being held on some fascinating topics. But it is behind the scenes where real progress is being made with the official registration of IBAP as a Thai association. The process, as you would probably expect, is long and drawn out, but we are in the final stages and hope for approval in early 2014.

Having been together for more than 10 years, IBAP already has the solid foundation with which to build upon. Registration is the first step to solidifying the association with a permanent office and staff, enabling improved member benefits, fundraising plus more events and seminars.

Support the association by either renewing your IBAP membership or join us as a new member for the coming year. It is your membership that keeps us strong.

Reminders have already been sent out by email with further reminders to be sent shortly. Please follow the instructions within the email or contact us at

Happy New Year !

James Firth, IBAP President


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Our Members

IBAP is about you: our Phuket community, our members. Below is a short profile of one of our members.

Rin Ananya Insumran
Phuket Directory

Rin has served as IBAP's monthly meeting venue coordiator through 4 locations and also for 3 Busines...

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