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Ministry of Tourism and Sports to step up measures for tourist safety

BANGKOK, 12 February 2016 (NNT) – Tourism and Sports Ministry undersecretary Pongphanu Sawetroon said World Economic Forum had ranked Thailand 130th on a list of 141 nations for safety and security at tourist attractions.


That prompted the ministry to hold a meeting with the Tourist Police and other agencies to set guidelines for establishing safety and security measures for tourists.

Two provinces namely Krabi and Chiang Mai will be pilot areas where the safety and security measures will be taken. The governor of each province will integrate efforts of all agencies to solve the problems about tourist safety within two months so that other provinces throughout the country will follow suit at a later date.

The authorities are expected to see Thailand rank up on the World Economic Forum chart within one year, given the stepped-up measures for tourist safety.

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So what kind of "tourist safety" can we expect ? More police check points stopping foreigners and asking silly questions ?

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" ........... solve the problems about tourist safety within two months."

That's it? Two month of coordinated efforts to solve the problem?

Why the problem is still there then?

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Wow, is the ministry actually saying their tourist paradise isn't really or will the minister be clarifying and explaining the ' actual ' situation anytime now ?

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130 out of 141... And I bet there's no one in here surprised at those figures....plenty of people in Government will have to,open there eyes now though won't they or maybe it will just go the way of the all the other crack downs over the years. Actually you could make a big difference in two months as the scams and problems that cause confrontation are well known . They have just chose to ignore the complaints.. Starting in Chiang Mai how about just closing the rip off Karaoke bars for a start ! And enforcing the traffic laws..not just twice a month when the Mia nois need the money or the school fees are due

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They only talk as this is free, nothing will change until the last tourists leave

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Measures, strategies, crackdowns, plans, meetings, committees...all and more over a very long period of time. The reality does not change. As someone else posted, the evil Farang playing bridge were taken down while the thuggy jet ski scammers continued their nasty business, with impunity, a short distance away.

Clueless.

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The laws, resources and - very importantly - the budgets are already in place, while a quick Google will reveal numerous campaigns that have been launched over the years.

So, once again, it doesn't take a great mind to understand that:

1) Law enforcement in Thailand is extremely bad, while sentences for jet ski fraud, common assault, traffic accidents, drunk driving etc. are lenient. Most offenders simply get on with their lives once they have 'settled' things with the police etc.

2) Official oversight is invariably selective and frequently tied into tea money collection, private 'business arrangements' and the 'protection' of the same vendors etc. they are supposed to be checking.

3) Budgets are an extra source of income for all concerned.

Given that concerns of this nature are already well known to the authorities, this report and the call to 'step up of measures' will simply be yet another opportunity to - cough - ask for and use budget.

However, there will be a pony and trap show when the 'campaign' is launched - costing budget - kerching - followed by the whole thing being quietly forgotten. This will then be repeated again in a few months time.

Situation normal.

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Krabi is the pilot province for Tourist Safety.

Well at the moment they are working hard to prevend accidents with Speedboats and Longtail boats.

The first new rules are:

Every Dive Center using a big boat must be registered with National Park and contribute 10.000 Thb for bouys.

Every Dive Center must have Basic First Aid trained people on board.

Every Dive Center must have all sfaff legally working with work permits.

Dive Centers are only allowed to Scuba Dive near Safety bouys who will be put in place in the near future.

But for Speedboats and Longtail boats things go on as usual. And if I look back at the accidents:

Speedboat on sight seeing trip sunk, Speedboat on sight seeing trip run over a longtail boat, longtailboat on sight seeing trip sunk

Speedboat on sight seeing trip run over 2 Scuba Divers who where using Safety Marker bouy.

I have been told we have to start somewhere, okay but why not start to educate and enforce Safety standards there where most accidents are happening, speedboats and longtai boats.

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So what kind of "tourist safety" can we expect ? More police check points stopping foreigners and asking silly questions ?

They only ask me if i can speak thai....if i ask them if they can speak english they always let me go ...gigglem.gif

Krabi needs taxi's with metres, many tourists get robbed (and scammed) by the bahtbuses.

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It's actually 132 out of 141 nations. Behind Kenya but above Honduras! LOL Health and Hygiene is 89th. Environmental sustainability is 116th. Pretty poor rankings.

http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2015/economy-rankings/#indicatorId=TTCI.A.02

Yes, very poor indeed. Thailand has never paid attention to tourist safety. Neither have they ever paid attention to public safety, nor traffic safety. It has always been at the very bottom of the list. For this numskull to say they can accomplish this in two months shows just how out of touch he is, like every other member of this administration. Where would they even start?

Traffic safety- the second highest fatality rate in the world, right behind Libya. The police do not care. There is really nothing in the way of a highway patrol. They only arrive on the scene AFTER a terrible accident. No prevention whatsoever. No speeding tickets, no reckless driving citations, no foresight given to this huge problem.

Boat safety- how many people do we see harmed on and off of speedboats, probably the single biggest culprit. Ferry safety, and other areas need to be tightened up.

Recreational safety- we have all heard stories of the farengs who were recently killed on Samui, by the elephant. How about the zip lines, the bunny jumps, etc? They are barely regulated, as the government just does not care one iota.

Air safety - the authorities were recently given a wake up call when the international bodies cited Thailand for poor safety standards. A Nok Air plane nearly crashed into a hospital yesterday. Much needs to be done here.

Sidewalks - one could poke their eyes out with crap that is hanging everywhere, at eye level, one could sprain or break theie ankle with the poor quality of the sidewalks and curbs.

Highways- apparently due to the harebrained rice pledging scheme of NoLuck, there was no money left to spend on highway improvement. Consequently many important highways like the Highway 4, a main North-South artery were ignored for years, falling into dramatic disrepair. They are just now being fixed. For a country that portrays itself as beyond beyond third world, this kind of thing is a bit of a stretch.

Free zones- areas like Koh Samui, which are about as close to the wild, wold west as you can come. These are free zones, where the police are the least competent, the authorities the most indifferent, and the safety standards are the lowest in the land. Samui has the highest fatality rate in Thailand, for motorbike deaths, by far. The police and the authorities, be they local, state or federal, do NOTHING. Less than zero. They just do not care. The deaths continue daily. it is absolute egg on the face of the PM.

I could go on and on, all day. Safety is something the authorities just never even consider here. It is not anywhere near a priority.

I have been saying for years now, if positive change and improvement happens here, it will be due to outside pressure, embarrassment, and huge amounts of egg on the face of the nation. Here we see another example of that. It will NEVER happen because it is the right thing to do, or because of the proactive, or visionary actions of any of the Thai politicians. NEVER.

Lastly, the very fact that they group the ministry of tourism, with sports, shows how little regard they hold for tourists. Even though it brings in a fortune, and supports millions of people here, they still have that division running all sports in the nation. What a mistake. If they are serious about tourism, show it by establishing an independent ministry, that focuses on that alone. Come on guys. You can do better than this. A lot better.

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How has the situation with safety etc., ever got to the current situation, daily reports of deaths, boats overcrowded, boats sinking, 5 old men attached and robbed by a gang of young teenage boys, jet ski scams continue, taxi games, and lots more?

Thailand has all the various agencies who should be monitoring these things and ensuring regulations are in place to prevent these things.

But still we see just knee jerk reactions and very minor fines. And it happens again the next day and the next day ...

Why is there no definitive fix? Why are the police frightened of various mafia groups?

How come the police have not been reformed to stop police colluding in these things.

Until there is total and complete police reform (and other actions) nothing will change.

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