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.
Phuket has been widely known and respected for its varied marine industry and aquatic life. The island boasts a vibrant yachting scene, healthy scuba diving industry, and is blessed with easily accessible snorkeling spots and a varied marine life population in the Andaman Sea. The marine sector is a vital ingredient in the overall 'Brand Phuket'. However, currently, the reputation of our sparkling big blue is under attack from diminishing fish stocks, boat accidents, poor safety maintenance, keeping wild cetaceans in captivity, yachting restrictions, and pressures put on the scuba diving community from the authorities.
Dear Members and Followers,
We are fortunate this month that Bill Barnett and AmCham have invited IBAP to join in a new tourism event organized for Friday November 21st at the new ballroom at the Outrigger Laguna Beach with the topic of Marine tourism.
The tentative schedule we've posted under Programs includes speakers on tourism, marine preservation, diving, yachting and also will cover the dophin issue. Certainly this will be a very interesting wide-topic program and well worth attending.
I'll look forward to seeing many of you there.
James Firth, IBAP President
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Pinyo has been a long-time resident of Phuket and professionally serves as an administrator for AXA ...