Phuket seafood saves the day

13-Aug-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Phuket will start its “Phuket Festival Seafood & Gastronomy” event this Saturday, with a target to generate at least 100 million baht in revenue for the tourist province.

“The fair is aimed at developing economic growth from tourism, after the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic,” Phuket deputy governor Phichet Panaphong said.

Phichet said fresh seafood will be sold at a fair price to highlight the image of Phuket as being the “City of Gastronomy”.

In addition, the fair will help to encourage tourism-related business owners to earn more income, stimulating a circular flow of money for economic development, Pichet said.

Sasipimol Mongkol, chief of the provincial commerce office, said deputy prime minister Jurin Laksanawisit will preside at the opening on Saturday.

As more than 30 booths will provide certified seafood and various local foods, Thais are invited to attend and enjoy the fair.

Through participation from Thai tourists, this will help in the marketing of agricultural products and the promotion of the fisheries business, Ms Sasipimol said.

Prasert Thongsomboon, acting chief of the Provincial Fisheries Office, said on referring to the fair that they have selected the best catches from local fishermen and commercial fisheries to sell at fair prices, with lobsters being sold for 1,700 baht per kilogramme, a price that would normally be at about 3,200 baht.

Napasorn Kakai, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket office, said in order to spread the news to the public, the office has invited social media influencers from three well-known Facebook pages to join the fair to help with announcements.

The office expected the event to have 5,000 fair-goers each week, Ms Napasorn said.

The fair will take place in Phuket over six weekends, on August 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 and September 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20.


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