THAI boxing on the beach will be a new sport when Phuket hosts the Fourth Asian Beach Games in November 2014.
Jet-ski racing will be retained but several other sports, including surfing, 3x3 basketball, beach water polo and the marathon swim have been dropped.
All events will be held at Patong, Kata and Karon beaches, a preliminary meeting heard today at Royal Phuket City Hotel.
The Phuket gathering was chaired by Major General Charouck Arirachakaran, Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Thailand, who led delegates on a tour of Phuket beach sites.
Several thousand competitors and spectators are expected to visit Phuket from as many as 45 countries for the Games.
One uncertainty remains: Reports in the past few days say that Boracay in the Philippines, which was to be the appointed venue in 2014, has revived its bid after allegedly opting out because of the high cost of applying to hold the Games.
Philippines competitors returned empty-handed from the Second Asian Beach Games, held in Muscat, Oman, last month, while Thailand took the overall title with a collection of 15 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals.
The First Asia Beach Games were held in Bali in 2008 and the Third Asia Beach Games are set for Hainan, China, in 2012.
Concern about a dim December has been overtaken by a positive outlook, reflected in strong occupancy rates for Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, says an industry leader.
The boat show did not hit expected visitor numbers of 6000, but according to organisers, it went close. And sales figures pleased exhibitors, say the organisers.
Sometimes one person takes a stand, and the attitude of a whole population changes. Perhaps Khun Nid is that person, and Phuket can be saved from plastic bags and waste.
The large Saphan Hin public park on Phuket City's seaboard would be developed as a marina with multi purpose facilities under the latest plan for the appealing parkland property.
Police are pursuing a gang of beach thugs who beat up a fruit vendor on five star Surin beach and scattered her fruit and cash across the sand, claiming the area belonged to them.