PHUKET: In an editorial in August last year, the Phuket Gazette asked readers to consider whether or not our island's tourism industry would die from all the deaths.

The deaths referred not only to violent crime but also to more 'natural' events such as drowning and road fatalities. But crime was of course the focus amid a wave of murders and the burgeoning notion that Phuket tourism was in the grips of terminal illness.

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