PHUKET: General Thanasak Patimaprakon, chairman of the Senate Tourism Committee, and his delegation were in Phuket on Wednesday to discuss the island’s development as a port of entry for small luxury ships.
Received in Phuket by Deputy Governor Norasak Suksomboon, General Thanasak chaired a meeting at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command (3AC), Cape Panwa, in the presence of the Commander of the 3AC Royal Thai Navy, Vice Admiral Suchat Thampitakwet .
Also present were the Head of the Phuket Maritime Department, Natchapong Pranit, and representatives from government agencies and the private sector.
Discussions centered around plans to develop Phuket’s deep-water port at Ao Makham to accommodate small cruise ships.
Presentations described the port’s preparation to receive luxury ships, emphasizing immigration and customs procedures, security measures and passenger facilities.
The main points covered during the discussions included improving the building and passenger reception facilities, improving the baggage handling procedure, streamlining immigration and customs procedures and strengthening security controls, says the official report of the meeting.
Particular emphasis should be placed on efficient terminal operations, particularly in terms of passenger flow management and berthing opportunities, the report adds.
Discussions also addressed the issue of revitalizing public spaces around the port and creating an agency to lead development efforts.
The meeting also underlined the commitment of all parties to multiplying Phuket’s potential as a leading luxury cruise destination, the report noted.
With concerted efforts, developing Phuket Port as an entry point for small luxury ships will improve the region’s attractiveness and boost its tourism economy, the report continues.
However, the report does not indicate any economic forecast for accommodating these small luxury ships.
Original article: Phuket News