Phuket to invest B100m to build 3 new landmarks
The Phuket provincial administrative organisation (PAO) is planning to invest 100 million baht to build three new landmarks to promote tourism on the resort island, according to Rewat Areerob, its president.
Mr Rewat on Thursday said the first landmark will be a glass deck overlooking the Pansea cape, on Surin Beach, on the west side of the island.
The second landmark project involves the construction of a glass-floored skywalk, a popular structure among tourists in the style of the Mahanakhon SkyWalk in Bangkok and the skywalk in Loei province, which was built on a bank along the Hueang and Mekong rivers, he said.
The Phuket skywalk will be constructed behind a football field near the Phrom Thep cape at the southern tip of the island.
Mr Rewat said the third landmark will be an observation tower at the Phuket Gateway on a 25-rai site located on the north side of the island.
He said the PAO will hire a team to design each structure and conduct Environmental Impact Assessments before work starts next year.
The projects are expected to be complete within four years and are likely to be popular with tourists, Mr Rewat noted.
In addition, the Phuket PAO yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the tambon administrative organisation of Choeng Talay to strengthen cooperation in the preservation of coastal marine resources in the province.
Local fishery associations and community leaders have joined the venture.
From 2009 to 2012, the province placed artificial reefs at 1,310 points at Sirinat National Park, 1,630 points at Bang Thao and Kamala bays and 1,880 points at Kata-Karon Bay.
This year provincial officials are planning to establish more diving areas and fish nurseries to improve sustainability.
Rangsan Sale, president of the local fishery association of Bang Thao gulf, said the reefs will also help protect fishing areas from strong currents in the area.