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Phuket Governor in face off with Tourism Dept boss over corruption allegations, Patong bar crackdown

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Phuket Governor in face off with Tourism Dept boss over corruption allegations, Patong bar crackdown

Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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PHUKET: The Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Wanasiri Morakul, arrived in Phuket yesterday (Feb 2) to personally question Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan and other top officials about a slew of critical issues facing Phuket as a tourism destination.

 

Among the issues raised were the ongoing allegations of officials extorting money from tourism businesses and migrant workers, the crackdown on closing times on bars and nightclubs in Patong and the current state of Phuket International Airport.

 

“I came to Phuket to find out the truth from the Phuket Governor and relevant officials about that current entertainment tourism business ‘management’ as well as issues regarding the licenses of tour companies and tour guides,” she said.

 

“I also came to check the standard of tourism ‘places’ and to learn how Phuket Airport is taking steps to make it better for tourists – because Phuket is a major revenue-generating province for the country,” Ms Wanasiri said.

 

Sitting in the commander’s seat at the “Phuket Incident Commander Centre” at Provincial Hall, Ms Wanasiri opened the meeting with her focus on the current campaign on “illegal hotels”, to bring operators who rent out properties for periods of less than 30 days, including condo owners, into the fold under the Hotel Act.

 

To this, Ms Wansiri’s instructions were brief. “We must make every hotel legal as quickly as possible,” was all she would say.

 

By coincidence, only hours earlier Gov Chockchai was in the commander’s chair, but publicly denying any high-ranking officials had taken bribes to allow illegal hotels to operate. (See story here.)

 

This was not discussed when meeting Ms Wanasiri yesterday afternoon.

 

Regarding the crackdown on entertainment venues, forcing bars and nightclubs in Patong to close at midnight or 1am, Ms Wanasiri volunteered to act as an intermediary in resolving the issue.

 

“I will help to find a way to resolve the matter, and to help investors in entertainment businesses, as this industry generates a lot of revenue in the tourism sector,” she said.

 

The crackdown, which was launched by surprise on Monday night (Jan 30), has left Bangla Rd, the heart and soul of Patong’s party district, deserted after the bars and clubs close. (See story here.)

 

In response, more than 20 owners of bars, nightclubs and other entertainment businesses in Patong on Wednesday (Feb 1) filed a petition addressed to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha for a special zone to be set up, allowing the venues to close later than the current legally mandated times. (See story here.)

 

However, Gov Chockchai made no mention on any further progress on the closing time crackdown.

Instead, he talked about tour guides.

 

“Only Thai people can be tour guides, and Phuket has many illegal tour guides,” he started.

 

“I have found there are many Scandinavian tourists coming to Phuket, and translators are needed because Thai tour guides cannot speak Scandinavian languages. But translators must work with Thai tour guides,” Gov Chockchai added.

 

Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-governor-in-face-off-with-tourism-dept-boss-over-corruption-allegations-patong-bar-crackdown-60904.php#h5coYeQZ2YJvIwuo.97

 

 
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Full of sxxx. For money and face - losing reasons they don't want to face reality.

 

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Don't worry ,my Son was fired from an English Teachers job for saying the Ferang Teachers only talked to him because the Other Thai English Teachers spoke shocking English.Truth gets yer FIRED HERE.


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These officials here in Phucket and in Thailand, have their heads so far up their exhaust pipes, they could not see truth if it bit them on the hand.

I and many others dont believe their kakpraat any more.

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Governors here get kick backs on everything come on you know where you are THAILAND TIT

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This Governor need to be transferred to a province that doesn't rely on tourism as he doesn't seem to have a clue about the industry.

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Paper over the cracks and present a glossy picture whilst important people are here then back to normal. Phuket is a fiefdom and needs the big guns to break it properly. Crying about 'early' (LEGAL!!!) closing times- GO OUT EARLIER!

 

Only way to see what is really going on is to make an anonymous trip but that's impossible- someone will be paid off to forewarn the oligarchs down here.

 

Watch this space- Gov will be transferred within 6 months at the most for upsetting the apple cart.

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The Thai system love it or hate it? Well in general it works.. Tourists come money is spent. Hotels and non hotels make money. Some pay bribes. Some dont.  Same same different day.

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I hope she goes to Surin Beach to see the 5,000 or so tourists who currently go there daily ... then wonder what they do for toilet facilities...

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Why go to Surin Beach?  No chairs, no umbrellas, no restaurants no toilet facilities, no fun.

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Not to change the venue and stay on topic: If the wanted to see something really shocking they should drill deeply into the obscene amount of extortion money that is generated by the Thong Lor police!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Probably just stopping by to negotiate her cut of the pie.  :tongue:

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4 hours ago, zaZa9 said:

then wonder what they do for toilet facilities...

 

they're taking the direct route now rather than through a cistern a couple of pipes and an outflow :whistling:

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