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Thailand’s Amazing Tourism An Amazing Mess: New Minister

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Thailand’s Amazing Tourism An Amazing Mess: New Minister

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter

 

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Sports and Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat tours a forest Jan. 19 in Ubon Ratchathani province. Photo: Weerasak Kowsurat / Courtesy

 

BANGKOK — Thailand’s tourism boom is causing serious problems and the bureaucracy is ill-equipped to fix them.

 

That no-punches spared assessment comes from none other than its new tourism minister, Weerasak Kowsurat.

 

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/business/2018/01/31/thailands-amazing-tourism-amazing-mess-new-minister/

 
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Careful Mr. Weerasak, that certain INTERNAL influential forces in the current regime don't hunt you down in secret for the well known attitude adjustment...... 

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11 minutes ago, webfact said:

Thailand’s Amazing Tourism An Amazing Mess

 

Nothing that an all expenses paid study trip to Europe this spring with a delegation of 130 cannot solve.

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Thailand’s Amazing Tourism An Amazing Mess

Just what 35 million tourists come here to see.....Amazing!

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After reading the complete article, this bloke speaks a lot of sense, unlike his predecessor. 

6 minutes ago, Darcula said:

 

Nothing that an all expenses paid study trip to Europe this spring with a delegation of 130 cannot solve.

That would be the entire tourism bureaucracy according to the minister. If they all went there would be no one to approve foreign movies, approve tour operators and guides and inspect tourism site.

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These 130 Bangkok-based bureaucrats – who don’t have professional backgrounds in tourism – have to perform a variety of tasks which would be better compartmentalized.

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“The problems have been swept under the rug for 30 years now. At this time, it’s being lifted up a little,” the 52-year-old Harvard law school graduate said in an interview. “I don’t have enough time to change the rug. What I will do is pull the corners. You can show what’s under the rug if you grab the right corner.”

Unlike the predecessor he replaced in November, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, a media-savvy figure known for her always-rosy take on Thai tourism – Weerasak is a policy pedant with a gloomier take on it’s mismanagement.

I hope he can do some good. At least he looks at the job with a big dose of realism.

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2 minutes ago, Chang_paarp said:

After reading the complete article, this bloke speaks a lot of sense, unlike his predecessor.

 

I quite liked the idea of tying a toshiba toaster on every tourist's ankle to prevent them from jumping off balconies though.

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"The other 19 ministries don’t know what’s happening here."

Isn't that comment Thailand in a nutshell?

 

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11 minutes ago, HiSoLowSoNoSo said:

"The other 19 ministries don’t know what’s happening here."

Isn't that comment Thailand in a nutshell?

 

what could possibly be their motivation for wanting to know?; they want paychecks and ghost jobs for their friends and relatives;

no real mystery as to why the country is dysfunctional

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13 minutes ago, HiSoLowSoNoSo said:

"The other 19 ministries don’t know what’s happening here."

Isn't that comment Thailand in a nutshell?

 

"The other 19 ministries don't give a ****** what's happening here." 

corrected it for you.

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A breath of fresh air. The problem is he has to deal with the heavily entrenched apparatchiks in his and other ministries. But it's a good sign the junta decision makers are going with someone who can stir the pot, after dismissing the previous boss.

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These 130 Bangkok-based bureaucrats – who don’t have professional backgrounds in tourism – have to perform a variety of tasks which would be better compartmentalized.

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“They aren’t trained to deal with these tasks. I don’t even call it a job,” Weerasak said. “And no one has ever presented this fact to the public or the bureaucracy. Even the bureaucracy itself is not aware of this. The other 19 ministries don’t know what’s happening here.”

 

 

Wow!  That's a new one on me.. Never heard that detail before, but somehow, don't find it surprising.

 

But at the same time, I think one of the main problems here is his Ministry doesn't really have the power or authority to fix a lot of the things he calls out as being problems, and other things that he neglected to mention:

 

--Lack of professional law enforcement and lack of any recourse when encountering unprofessional law enforcement or law breaking conduct.

 

--The portion of Thai tourism workers, whatever that portion is, that decide to rip off and otherwise abuse tourists, like criminal taxi drivers, violent bar bouncers, unscrupulous tour operators, etc etc.

 

--The serious lack of safety and professionalism in a lot of the tourist-related businesses such as jet skis, tour boats, interprovince buses, tour buses, zip line operators, etc etc.

 

--The infrastructure (and lack of infrastructure) problems he pointed out, including flooding, lack of sanitation, lack of sewage treatment, lack of refuse disposal, traffic congestion problems, lack of pedestrian safety, etc etc.

 

A lot of these things come down to the regular police and the tourist police, who basically fail to seriously deal with all the tourism related law breaking that occurs, and the national and local governments, which have failed to use the resources they receive from tourism to invest in the infrastructure that is needed to support it.

 

Does his ministry have any ability to remedy those failings or get them remedied? I don't think so.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

These 130 Bangkok-based bureaucrats – who don’t have professional backgrounds in tourism

Wow!!! and an estimated 17% of the GNP comes from tourism. Is this gross mismanagement or what? 

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No big surprise is it; they are all ill-equipped to cope with anything other than looking after their own bolstered bank accounts, dysfunctional from top to bottom.

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Wow, amazing chap! He finally speaks out aloud what everyone with eyes to see has known for a long time and seems tyo have a rather bright head on his shoulders.

 

This country needs more government leaders of his sort - and apart from tourism in pretty much every economic and social sector.

 

Unfortunately, Weerasak also is all too aware that his tenure is most likely short-lived and that he won't be able to move, change and rehabilitate much. Too bad. 

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The taxi bit prior reminds me a bit of Auss

Come back through International side & try & get a taxi to hotel at the official taxi rank (they pretty well know your a local ). Only to be told of that it's only worth $15 or $20 bucks, go & get one of the drop of pass through ones, was the reply. I didn't need to get into an argument at that time.

The silly bit is I don't know how they make money as they even stated they had been waiting hrs at the rank, maybe for that one time elusive $100 fare 

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