Phi Phi Sisters to Go Home; Fine for TV Boob; Fifa's Goal Fuss; Phuket Events

21 Jun 2012  599 | World Travel News

PhuketWatch Daily Media Wrap Plus Euro 2012

PHUKET: A daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Airports of Thailand has approved massive discounts on airport fees in a move to attract airlines to Don Muang airport. Bangkok's main airport, Suvarnabhumi, is designed to handle 45 million passengers yearly but its volume has already reached 47 million. The bodies of two Canadian sisters who died in Thailand are expected to arrive home Thursday, a relative says. Their uncle said that because preliminary autopsies have already been completed, Thai medical authorities have agreed to release the bodies of Audrey and Noemi Belanger. Channel 3 operator Bangkok Entertainment Company has been fined 500,000 baht by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission for allowing a female contestant to paint on canvas with her bare breasts on the Sunday episode of its prime-time show 'Thailand's Got Talent'. Julian Assange's decision to seek asylum in Ecuador is ''a tragedy'' for the two women who have accused him of sexual assault in Sweden, their lawyer has said. Around 90,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the west of Burma, according to a United Nations body. The BBC's Jonah Fisher, in Thailand, says there are still reports of sporadic violence but some sort of calm appears to have returned to Rakhine State. Briton Anthony James Macnolly, 57, and Thitima Kaewheaung, 29, were arrested at Maggie Mays restaurant in Pattaya after police detected illegal online Euro 2012 football gambling was taking place.

bloomberg Prices for Boeing 747-400s, the most popular wide-body plane, are tumbling as carriers rush to replace what were once their flagship aircraft with newer and more fuel-efficient models. Thai Airways is in the process of selling four 747-400s and it will begin phasing out the model next year, said outgoing-Chief Executive Officer Piyasvasti Amranand. With tropical gardens, a private bay and a luxury spa, staying at Trisara is a must-try treat for anyone who needs to check out from reality for a little while. Workers in the tourism industry in Bali are upbeat that they are able to compete with those from other parts of the country and overseas thanks to the certification based on a standard used by ASEAN countries. The rapid growth of tourism in Bali has drawn both local and foreign workers, including those without permits, to the island seeking employment in tourist establishments.

reuters Singapore overtook Hong Kong as home to Asia's wealthy last year as declining stock markets hit the former British territory a lot harder than its Southeast Asian rival, according to Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management. Hong Kong had leapfrogged Singapore in 2010 after falling behind in 2008. The Bali provincial administration contributed US$56.4 million from Visa on Arrival revenue to the national tourist industry in 2011. "What the market's effectively saying is the metro papers [the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age] are already worth less than nothing. They're a liability. But if that continues you'll probably just shut them down at some point. I think that's a real possibility." At a recent gathering of around 20 friends the topic of newspapers came up. Most were over 40. Approximately 50 percent of them regularly buy a paper. Of those under 40, none buy a paper. Ever. Several in their 20s stated they have never purchased a newspaper . . . Fairfax, there is your future. The intention was not to please the audience . . . unless that audience was buying space by the half page. In the commercial mind, journalistic content is either the plaster between the ads or something tailored specifically at attracting them. Because the business is not content, not journalism; the business is selling advertising.

Euro 2012 and World Sports Wrap Fifa president Sepp Blatter has renewed his call for the introduction of goal-line technology after a controversial incident in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine helped eliminate the co-hosts. Marko Devic's shot crossed the line in the game in Donetsk but was not given.

AP One month after sealing Chelsea's victory in the European Champions League final, Didier Drogba signed with Shanghai Shenhua on a two-year contract that will reportedly make him China's highest-paid player.

Sourced: phuketwan