Some 3,000 Chinese-speaking tour guides in #Phuket are out of work and need financial assistance to pay their living expenses, Phuket Professional Gu

3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK

3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK

3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK

3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK

3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK
3,000 Phuket Tour Guides are now OUT OF WORK
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Some 3,000 Chinese-speaking tour guides in #Phuket are out of work and need financial assistance to pay their living expenses, Phuket Professional Guide Association Deputy Chief Natthakorn Ruengrote revealed this week.

Mr Natthakorn explained that there are about 7,000 tour guides registered to work in Phuket, reported Post Today.

Of those, an estimated 3,000 are qualified and registered to lead tours in Chinese language, he added.

“During this time of the year is usually the peak season for Phuket tourism, but now more than 3,000 Chinese-speaking guides have no work because of the fall in the number of Chinese tourists [coming to Phuket],” Mr Natthakorn said.

Even the guides not specifically trained to lead Chinese tours are being affected, he added.

“In this situation, we have to adapt ourselves and cooperate with officials to promote tourism,” Mr Natthakorn stressed.

“Tour guides have to adapt and improve themselves by learning more languages used in Southeast Asia and work more with airlines, such as AirAsia and Nok Air, to promote tourism in neighboring countries,” he added.

“The target groups should be middle-class people in each country, and attract them by giving them promotions to come during the Songkran festival [Thai New Year] in April,” Mr Natthakorn said.

“Our association also wants a soft loan from the government in order to keep our industry going in this situation,” he urged.

“I predict that the coronavirus will affect Phuket tourism longer than six months, and more tourists will not come until October, Mr Natthakorn added.

ARRIVALS PLUNGE

Confirmation of the dire situation was initially confirmed by statistics posted by the TAT Intelligence Centre last week, marking huge falls in the number of international tourists arriving in Phuket for the same period last year.

Last Monday the number of arrivals had fallen 12.04% year-on-year. Last Tuesday that number blew out to -29.8%, by Wednesday last the number of arrivals had plunged by 32.98%. Thursday’s international arrivals had recovered to a fall of “only” 8.6%

But the plunge returned in full vigour last Friday (Jan 31) as total international arrivals – not just Chinese – fell by 38.64% year on year.

The number of international arrivals Saturday (Feb 1) “recovered” somewhat to a plunge of 30.23%, before nosediving again to Sunday (Feb 2) seeing the plunge blow out to -41.04%, then to -44.22% yesterday.

Phuket Governor yesterday (Feb 3) assured that the government is doing everything it can to curtail the spread of the virus in Phuket, and elsewhere in Thailand, and still promoting tourism to the island. – Phuket News



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Places in the world that will PAY YOU to live there

Stunning #destinations around the world that will pay YOU up to £32k to move there.

BEFORE you choose where to move to next, consider looking further afield – as it could just help your bank balance.

A number of destinations around the world are paying people to live and work there – and some locations are even on beautiful islands and top tourist destinations.

Many of the locations are looking to increase their dwindling population, be it through young couples or families.

Others are hoping to improve a certain industry and create more jobs by attracting people such as entrepreneurs or start up founders

Some are even offering up to £32,000 for you to move to a new location, with beautiful countries such as Italy, Greece and the US on the list.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to move to – and where you can make money by doing it.

Antikythera, Greece

 

You could be paid to live on the Greek island of Antikythera – Credit: Getty – Contributor

The island of Antikythera is looking for more people to live there, as the younger population is leaving for more job opportunities on the busier Greek islands.

Located between Crete and Kythira, it is 45 minutes by plane from Athens.

The remote isle is home to just 24 people – which increases to 40 people during the summer.

The island is planning to offer €500 (£450) per month for three years to people who move there, which works out to £16,200 over the three years.

Candela, Italy

 

 Candela will pay up to £1,800 to move there
Candela will pay up to £1,800 to move there – Credit: Getty – Contributor

Candela, a tiny town in Puglia, is offering up to €2,000 (£1,800) for people to move there after the population has dropped from 8,000 to just 2,700 people.

How much you would receive depends on who you are moving with – it’s €800 (£723) for single people, €1,200 (£1,085) for couples, up to €1,800 (£1,600) for three-person families and €2,000 (£1,800) for four-person families.

The only catch is you must become a resident, along with a house and a job of at least €7,500 (£6,700) a year.

Sicily, Italy

 

 You can get a house for just 90p in Sicily
You can get a house for just 90p in Sicily – Credit: Getty – Contributor

Also in Italy, Sicily recently offered homes for just €1 (90p), with the only catch being the amount you need to spend to renovate them.

While they’re not quite giving you money, they are giving you a huge discount on homes.

The Palermo homes are in need of TLC though, meaning at least €15,000 (£13,500) must be spent to refurbish them.

You also have to do it within three years.

It isn’t the first time this has been done – Sardinia also tried the same scheme last year.

Vermont, US

 

 You could be given up to £8,000 to move to the state of Vermont
You could be given up to £8,000 to move to the state of Vermont – Credit: Getty – Contributor

The state of Vermont has one of the lowest populations in the US, which is why they are hoping to lure remote workers to the area.

Their Remote Worker Grant scheme will offer applicants $5,000 (£4,000) every year for two years to live there – working out to $10,000 (£8,000) to cover moving to the area.

The lucky applicants must become a full time resident of the state to be eligible.

Tulsa, US

 

 Tulsa is offering a similar relocation scheme to Vermont
Tulsa is offering a similar relocation scheme to Vermont – Credit: Photographers Choice – Getty

Tulsa is also struggling with population numbers, and has a similar remote worker programme.

The second city of Oklahoma will offer you $10,000 (£8,000) upfront to get there, as well as a desk at a co-working office and a monthly housing stipend.

As long as you are at least 18 years old and can work self-employed in the US, you are eligible.

Santiago, Chile

 

 Have a tech start up? Move to Chile for £32,000
Have a tech start up? Move to Chile for £32,000 – Credit: Getty – Contributor

The best offer to move abroad is to Santiago in Chile – which is offering $40,000 (£32,700) to move there.

The government wants tech entrepreneurs to launch their business there, with the Start-Up Chile programme looking for female founders and founders with companies less than three years old.

The offer also includes a year-long work visa as well as a free co-working space.

Maine, US

 

 Maine wants to help students get rid of their debt
Maine wants to help students get rid of their debt – Credit: Getty – Contributor

While they won’t pay you to move there, Maine is tackling the problem of student debt.

For example, the tax relief scheme works so that if you pay $2,500 (£2,000) in tax and $2,000 (£1,600) in student debt, you would only pay that $500 (£400) difference.

In effect, they are paying your student debt for you.

STEM graduates would be given money back from the government if they pay more of their loan than their taxes.

You could be paid £3,000 per month to live on an island in Chile while working as a conservationist.

Lady Kristyna Drummond-Hay wanted six students to work alongside her, with meals included.

One family were offering the dream job – to be paid £80,000 taking photographs of their travels.



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Western man’s body found tied to rocks in the sea off Pattaya

The body of a white-skinned western man has been found in the sea close to Koh Larn, a popular island off the coast of #Pattaya.

The body, that is yet to be identified, was found in the water with rocks tied around its neck and with a black bag holding a belt, phone charger, neck pillow and several other insignificant items.

Pattaya police police estimate the man has been dead for ‘about two-days.’

Lt. Col. Attarot Krongrat of Pattaya police has said they are unsure if the death is a result of murder or suicide.

The body has been taken for autopsy in an attempt to establish the cause of death and investigators have asked the public to report any foreign tourist or ex-pat who has been missing for between two and three days.



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