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Joint forces raid 18 foreign-owned Koh Samui hotels for operating without licences

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Joint forces raid 18 foreign-owned Koh Samui hotels for operating without licences

By The Nation

 

 

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Army officers, police and district officials have checked and found 18 hotels that they say are illegally owned by foreigners on a mountain on the tourist destination of Koh Samui, officials said.
 

The officials carried out the search on Chawaeng Noi Mountain in Moo 6 village in Tambon Borphud in Surat Thani’s Samui district and found that 18 luxury mansions had been modified as hotels to cater to foreign tourists.

 

None of the 18 hotels are licensed and all are co-owned by businessmen from several countries, said officials, including UK, Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, Israel and Austria.

 

Officials said the foreigners used Thais as nominees by stating their names as co-owners.

 

The inspection was carried out following complaints from licensed hotels that they had seen a large decrease in patrons after the new hotels began operating. Hoteliers said the new hotels have an unfair advantage because they are not paying the same taxes as the licensed hotels.

 

Officials found the 18 hotels have land deeds but have not been registered as hotels.

 

On Wednesday, the Borphud police station took legal action against foreign executives of the four companies that run four of the 18 hotels. They were charged with operating without a license and working in a business – food and beverage – that is reserved for Thais.

 

Police said they will summon executives of the remaining 14 hotels to face charges. The executives are living abroad.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30368280

 

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22 minutes ago, webfact said:

They were charged with operating without a license and working in a business – food and beverage – that is reserved for Thais.

I'm sure in the past I've seen adverts for foreign Food & Beverage managers, offering a work permit.

I didn't realise it was a 'reserved occupation'?

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1 minute ago, Justgrazing said:

" Joint forces " following on from " Taskforce " towing alleged illegal buoy the other day .. Just waiting now for the Special Forces storm unlicensed massage parlour headline .. 

 

haven't they tried that a few times already and on the day 'everybody holiday' :cheesy:

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:
55 minutes ago, webfact said:

Joint forces raid 18 foreign-owned Koh Samui hotels for operating without licences

" Joint forces " following on from " Taskforce " towing alleged illegal buoy the other day .. Just waiting now for the Special Forces storm unlicensed massage parlour headline .. 

Edited 1 minute ago by Justgrazing

Oh, I thought the 'joint forces' were out to bust illegal dope sellers.

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25 minutes ago, RobbyXNorway said:

Yepp, sounds like Thai authorities are cracking down on AirBnB and consider the mansions/villas rented out as illegal hotels. For those who are neighbours to these AirBnB rentals they will probably sigh in relief. Going to be interesting what the consequence will be.

 

agree there, we had one in our village once and it was a massive PITA at weekends

these days they go for the 2 week+ holiday rental crowd and to be honest most of the guests are quite pleasant.

 

just as profitable i hear too.. sshhh!

 

 

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2 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

Oh, I thought the 'joint forces' were out to bust illegal dope sellers.

Is that not the " Green " berets .. :sorry:

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Just now, Justgrazing said:

Is that not the " Green " berets .. :sorry:

Ha ha! 'High' five for that.

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