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.
As the island's beaches undergo an extreme makeover, how are tourists and locals As the island's beaches undergo an extreme makeover, how are tourists and locals reacting to the "New Phuket"?
Able Wanamakok is an experienced international television host, news presenter and entrepreneur.
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.
The island's growing MICE market (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) is a key segment which can help Phuket attract quality visitors. On Friday March 14th the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) has organized a tourism event at the Angsana Laguna Phuket focusing on how to grow MICE business in a sustainable manner.
Martin Platts AKA 'The Golf Guru' has been involved in golf for nearly 40 years - 29 of those as a professional.
Sponsorship of IBAP programs is a great way to promote your company to Phuket's broad, international business community. Learn more »