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Posted: 05 Aug 2010 | 6:00 am
Wind back the clock a few years ago and one of the key emerging markets for both Phuket's tourism and real estate markets was South Africa.
Then oil prices skyrocketed and the all important Thai Airways International flights were discontinued.
Good news is that spurred by the World Cup, direct Bangkok to Johannesburg flights are now back on line 4 times a week after an 18 month hiatus.
For hotels and property agents, developing the emerging South African market looks to be an immediate task in the current challenging trading conditions
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Koh Phi Phi's Zeavola resort has won a five-star award in the sustainable hotel in Thailand category.
A wide-spread public outcry over a proposed coal-fired power plant in nearby Krabi has seen the project's environmental permit denied.
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