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By early next year the island will have a major new attraction for tourists and locals: Phuket Aquapark, a 40-rai water park near Bangwad Dam in Kathu.
The park’s Hungarian and Polish investors are aiming for 3,000 visitors a day to the 20-million-Euro (B800 million) project. The park will have pools and rides covering 6,000 square metres.
Certainly it will be open by next Songkran, says Levente Perjesi, the Hungarian director of Csenki Co, the Board of Investment-registered company behind the Aquapark project. “We would like Thai people to enjoy this Thai celebration [at the park].”
There were noises about the water park some years ago, then all went quiet.
Mr Perjesi told The Phuket News, “We started the idea in 2009 but we had to suspend it because of political and financial problems. We restarted in June this year.
“The project will offer a wide variety of attractions, with more than 20 ultimate water rides and six pools.”
Components of rides for the water park are piled all over the landscape waiting to be assembled. The slides are manufactured by Polin of Turkey, which has been involved in some 2,500 water parks in 90 countries.
The site for the park was chosen partly because of its proximity to the Bangwad reservoir. The park will need large amounts of water.
However, recycling will mean that Phuket Aquapark (a working name – by the time it opens the facility may have a different name) takes the least possible toll on water resources and the local environment, Mr Perjesi says.
“Our pool technology and waste water system are from Hungary and are environmentally friendly. These will be up and running by the end of this year.”
“Our main goal is to bring some new excitement to the island,” Mr Perjesi says, “because there is a huge demand from tourists and also from local residents.
“There is still room in the market to provide different kinds of recreational activities here.
“All of us who work on the project are very excited to be creating a new [attraction] for Phuket. And it will also create more than 150 job opportunities for Thai people.”