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All of Phuket’s popular events and festivals going ahead as planned

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Bangkok, 17 August, 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the calendar of events taking place in Phuket for the rest of this year remains full and covers everything from food festivals to conferences, media trips and sporting events, with at least 12 major events scheduled to be held between now and early October.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Phuket has long been a world-famous holiday destination and a popular venue for meetings and festivals, which will be taking place as planned with organisers all fully confident that Thailand is a safe place to visit. The increased security and a stepped up police presence nationwide has also offered reassurance that events and festivals in Phuket or elsewhere in the country will be trouble free and that people attending them are safe.”

His comments are backed by live closed circuit television cameras of Phuket via the website: See It Live Thailand where travellers can watch real-time situations of various locations on the island, such as, Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach and the Phuket Old Town. The TAT Phuket Office is also broadcasting live videos and real-time images of the island on its Facebook Page.

Mr. Yuthasak added, “Phuket attracts tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy the beaches, fun attractions and unique blend of culture. So we are pleased to see events planned for the rest of the year are going ahead and that people understand that the safety of tourists and visitors is always our priority. Every measure has been taken to ensure security at all events and festivals in Phuket.”

Among the big events coming up in Phuket August 2016 are two annual events – the Phuket Lobster Festival and the Phuket Por Tor Festival, both will be on-going until 31 August, and a corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, called the Trash Hero Movement, on 27 August which people can join in with cleaning up the island’s environment. On 24-25 August, TAT is organising a familiarisation trip for international bloggers and journalists to experience Phuket’s food culture in advance of the Phuket Tasty Food Festival.

Phuket is also popular with big conventions and meetings. Planned for 18 to 21 August is the Thailand Incentive & Meeting Exchange (TIME) 2016 which will see professionals in the meetings incentives, convention and exhibition sector convening in Phuket to exchange expertise and knowledge.

Then in September, the Thanyapura King of the Mountain Run, an endurance trail running event will take place on the 4th. In the following week, from 9 to 11 September, two events are scheduled to take place concurrently: the Phuket Tasty Fest 2016 and the Andaman Hotelier and Tourism Fair 2016. In addition, Phuket will join the world in celebrating the Moon Festival or Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on 15 September. In the same week, Accor will host the 2nd Accor Hotels Heartbreak Hill Mini Marathon on 18 September.

Last but not least, one of Phuket’s longstanding annual events, the world famous Vegetarian Festival will be going ahead as usual from 1 to 9 October, 2016. In the same month, tourists and travellers as well as sport enthusiasts are also invited to join the 12th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon 2016, which takes place on Sunday 9 October.

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