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Phuket's economy could use a little stimulus pumping

Phuket's Economy in Question: IBAP May 15

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Phuketwan EconomyWATCH

TELL US all about your pain and your suffering. Where does it hurt? Are you getting any sleep? Can you look yourself in the mirror in the mornings?

An economic downturn is the ideal time for cosmetic surgery and a new life in some other galaxy.

But if you happen to be stuck on Planet Phuket, then perhaps the IBAP Economic Summit can become a source of solace.

The gathering takes place from 7pm on May 15 in Patong, with the general theme of ''World Economy, Phuket Economy.''

Sandwiched in between the Phuket 'Endless Summer' Summit and the Asean Plus Six summit, it just might prove equally significant for some.

A panel from the new and the old media worlds has been assembled to take questions in advance by email, (a new media thing).

The best of the questions will be answered on the night, along with any that happen to come from people in the audience.

More about IBAP (International Business Association of Phuket) and the May 15 meeting is available from adrian@bd-asia.com

Meanwhile, if you have a question, fire it away in the Comment box below and we'll get back with an answer from the appropriate expert.

Please make sure you specify the person to whom the question is intended.

Improve Phuket's Economy: Ask a good question


More about IBAP (International Business Association of Phuket) and the May 15 meeting is available from adrian@bd-asia.com

And if you have some answers to Phuket's economic problems, we'd be only too happy to hear those, too.

IBAP Meeting May 15

A brief synopsis of the current property and tourism economy and its impact, as well as new information sources, will be followed by questions from the floor.

Here's the panel:

Compere, Alasdair Forbes
Alasdair Forbes has been a professional journalist for 38 years, working on publications in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Dubai and Hong Kong. For seven years he was managing editor of the Phuket Gazette. He is now managing partner of Forbes Communications, an agency specialising in writing news and features, editing, managing magazines and newspapers, and offering PR consulting services. Board member of the Phuket Community Foundation and regular contributor to www.phuketobserver.com

Bill Barnett
A hospitality expert, consultant to Asia Pacific hotel companies and a commentator on the Phuket tourism and hospitality economy. Bill is also the creator of www.thephuketinsider.com an online source for all hotel and real estate news.

Nick Davies
Managing Editor of the Phuket Gazette. Seventeen years in Thai media relations, 15 years in Bangkok and now three years in Phuket. A mine of information on Thai current affairs www.phuketgazette.net

Alan Morison
Creator of www.phuketwan.com Founding editor of several publications including the Phuket Post and a Top 2000 web site, and a born-again reporter who co-authored articles this year exposing the push-back of Rohingya boat people in Thailand.

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