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Samui, Pha-Ngan Islands Declared Disaster Zones

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webfact    24,361

Samui, Pha-ngan islands declared disaster zones

By Digital Media

SURAT THANI, Dec 6 - Surat Thani provincial governor Chatpong Chatputi has declared Samui and Pha-ngan islands disaster zones today following a three-day blackout as the authorities continue attempting to restore power on the two popular southern Thailand island destinations.

The governor said the decision was to facilitate the Bt50 million emergency budget reimbursement to help relieve those affected by the blackout. He also called a meeting of agencies concerned to prepare measures to help residents and tourists.

The two islands lost electricity Tuesday morning when a high-voltage underground cable ruptured. Efforts to restore electricity is underway, but while electrical power was expected to resume this afternoon, it is now seen as delayed indefinitely.

Warin Sitsayanaren, a senior Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) official, earlier gave assurances that the power supply would be restored today.

Meanwhile, Thanongsak Somwong, chief of the Samui Tourism Association, said the blackout has severely impacted the two popular resort islands as a large number of Thai and foreign tourists have abruptly cancelled their holidays and left the island after the blackout.

Damage is estimated to exceed one billion baht. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2012-12-06

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Gulfsailor    1,701

That will make an interesting conversation between Surat governor and Bangkok government;

Governor: hi there, we have a serious disaster here. We would like some of that money reserved in the emergency fund for situations lik this.

Answer: yeah, about that..... We may be a little short at the moment:

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laurentbkk    2,781

how can they know how much will it cost just now as it seems they still dont have electricity .... strange .... I dont think people cancel their holidays , those electric stuff happen anywhere and usually for short time , ok 2 days is a bit long .. be patient nothing else .

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sscsamui    604

NObody on Samui that truly lost money from the Black out will see Any of that 50 Million Baht... Ever...

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Samui Coconut    149

NObody on Samui that truly lost money from the Black out will see Any of that 50 Million Baht... Ever...

Whilst I hope you are wrong, I think you are right!

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BusyBee123    91

how can they know how much will it cost just now as it seems they still dont have electricity .... strange .... I dont think people cancel their holidays , those electric stuff happen anywhere and usually for short time , ok 2 days is a bit long .. be patient nothing else .

not so easy when you have a baby to be patient!

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BookMan    9,288

how can they know how much will it cost just now as it seems they still dont have electricity .... strange .... I dont think people cancel their holidays , those electric stuff happen anywhere and usually for short time , ok 2 days is a bit long .. be patient nothing else .

not so easy when you have a baby to be patient!

A good point and it is not like you plan for the power to be out for days on end

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Blackout impact on two Gulf of Thailand tourist havens ‘temporary’

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BANGKOK, Dec 6 – The impact on the tourism and hospitality industry on the Gulf of Thailand’s Samui and Pha-ngan islands will be short-lived if the loss of power to the twin tourism magnets since Tuesday morning is urgently restored, a leading hotelier said.

Thai Hotels Association (THA) president Surapong Techaruvichit said the damage to Thailand’s hospitality sector will last only a few days if electricity distribution is back to normal today.

The Surat Thani provincial administration declared the two islands under its jurisdiction disaster zones on the third day of the blackout.

The Bangkok-based hotel association chief described the electrical disruption as a force majeure, an act of nature that could not be foreseen, but he said government agencies must be prepared to prevent such an incident in the future.

The Provincial Electricity Authority has clarified that the problem arose from a rupture of a high-voltage underground cable on Samui Island.

Major hotels on the islands are equipped with their own power generators, and new supplies of fuel were rushed to the islands to be sufficient for the instantly-increased consumption.

Mr Surapong would not estimate the financial losses from the three-day loss of electricity, but noted that the high season on the two islands has passed.

Tourism on Samui and Pha-ngan normally reaches its peak in July-September while the current occupancy rate is 50-60 per cent.

The THA president added that Thailand’s overall tourism is enjoying a 10-12 per cent increase this year with the highest number of hotel reservations in Phuket and Phang-nga in the South, and Chiang Mai in the North.

Inbound tourists were reported at 17.6 million persons in January-October this year and it should be up to 21 million by year end, higher than the targeted 20.6 million persons, he said. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2012-12-06

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MaxLee    3,709

Rupture, rupture= COOOOOOORRRRRRRUPTUUUUURE cheesy.gifcheesy.gifcheesy.gif

Bangkok governor to Samui Governor: Yo, screw you and your pitiful island, we give you no money, too busy with promoting Bangkok , OOOOONLYYYYY BAAAAAANGKOK this year

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Tropicalevo    2,137

Blackout impact on two Gulf of Thailand tourist havens ‘temporary’

By Digital Media

BANGKOK, Dec 6 – The impact on the tourism and hospitality industry on the Gulf of Thailand’s Samui and Pha-ngan islands will be short-lived if the loss of power to the twin tourism magnets since Tuesday morning is urgently restored, a leading hotelier said.

Thai Hotels Association (THA) president Surapong Techaruvichit said the damage to Thailand’s hospitality sector will last only a few days if electricity distribution is back to normal today.

Mr Surapong would not estimate the financial losses from the three-day loss of electricity, but noted that the high season on the two islands has passed.

Tourism on Samui and Pha-ngan normally reaches its peak in July-September while the current occupancy rate is 50-60 per cent.

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-- TNA 2012-12-06

So Christmas is not high season? You could have fooled me. Villas fully booked, people looking for accomodation every day (almost) and difficult to get a rental car now.

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Thai at Heart    17,298

Blackout impact on two Gulf of Thailand tourist havens ‘temporary’

By Digital Media

BANGKOK, Dec 6 – The impact on the tourism and hospitality industry on the Gulf of Thailand’s Samui and Pha-ngan islands will be short-lived if the loss of power to the twin tourism magnets since Tuesday morning is urgently restored, a leading hotelier said.

Thai Hotels Association (THA) president Surapong Techaruvichit said the damage to Thailand’s hospitality sector will last only a few days if electricity distribution is back to normal today.

The Surat Thani provincial administration declared the two islands under its jurisdiction disaster zones on the third day of the blackout.

The Bangkok-based hotel association chief described the electrical disruption as a force majeure, an act of nature that could not be foreseen, but he said government agencies must be prepared to prevent such an incident in the future.

The Provincial Electricity Authority has clarified that the problem arose from a rupture of a high-voltage underground cable on Samui Island.

Major hotels on the islands are equipped with their own power generators, and new supplies of fuel were rushed to the islands to be sufficient for the instantly-increased consumption.

Mr Surapong would not estimate the financial losses from the three-day loss of electricity, but noted that the high season on the two islands has passed.

Tourism on Samui and Pha-ngan normally reaches its peak in July-September while the current occupancy rate is 50-60 per cent.

The THA president added that Thailand’s overall tourism is enjoying a 10-12 per cent increase this year with the highest number of hotel reservations in Phuket and Phang-nga in the South, and Chiang Mai in the North.

Inbound tourists were reported at 17.6 million persons in January-October this year and it should be up to 21 million by year end, higher than the targeted 20.6 million persons, he said. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2012-12-06

Glad to hear that it isn't permenant.

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Rancid    2,631

In a way the tourists can experince what the place was like 30 years ago, little bit of roughing it adds to the adventure. As to funds to the affected, seems the only ones truly sufferring turns out to be the politicians, bureaucrats and the rich. Hopefully a spare billion tossed their way should help alleviate their distress and pay their analyst bills.

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Renbe    65

I feel sorry for all the tourists that flew from all over the world to enjoy a well deserved vacation on wonderful Samui. I hope the Surat Thani Provincial Electricity Authority will be able to solve the problem soon.

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