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Crackdown on illegal hotels

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Tourist Police have announced a continuation of the crackdown on illegal hotels in Phuket. Tourist Police are also continuing to locate and get rid of tour operators’ nominees – using Thai people as a ‘front’ for foreign tour companies.

The owner of a condominium project development company has been arrested after the condos were sold but the construction had never started. Police say that their current investigation estimates potential losses for buyers could exceed a billion baht. Additional litigants that are now coming forward suggesting that the amount could be much larger.

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Tourist Police Deputy Commander Gen Surachet Hakpan says, “Fraud must not exist in Phuket as Phuket is all about tourism. This can affect our whole tourism image.”

“There are also many illegal tours in Phuket. Even the crackdown on the Tranlee Tour Companyusing Thai people as nominees, is just one of many. We are continuing on the crackdown especially in the Phang Nga province,” he added.

“We found that many illegal hotels in Phuket are using Thais as nominees where foreigners are actually the owners, behind the scenes.

“Condominiums, apartments and villas are also opening as hotels. Some of these places are being converted into hostels, especially in Phuket Town. Hostels are becoming popular among the back-packer crowd and, with all the tourists coming to Phuket at the moment, they are being filled,” he noted.

“These operators must be checked if they are legal or not. They must run legal hotels and have the correct paperwork because we are very serious about checking all of them. We want to get rid those operators who are exploiting this issue. Many legal hotel operators are in trouble because these ‘accommodation cowboys’ are not having to pay all the same registration and compliance fees,” he explained.

“Condominiums are also being used as hotels among tour companies. Most of their customers are Chinese. The income from  accommodation, restaurants and shopping centres are not going to Thai people but foreigners instead who are defrauding the system and bypassing the rules,” he urged.



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region | News by The Thaiger

Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

PHOTO: ttrweekly.com

Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region | News by The Thaiger

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder – PHOTO: Guy Nowell

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Air quality for Thailand – January 22

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Northern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Air quality for Thailand - January 22 | News by The Thaiger

Central Thailand

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Air quality for Thailand - January 22 | News by The Thaiger

Southern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Air quality for Thailand - January 22 | News by The Thaiger

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Incentive travel the fastest growing segment in Asia Pacific events business

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Responding to a study that says incentive travel is the fastest growing segment in Asia-Pacific’s events business, the Thailand Conventions & Exhibitions Bureau is adapting its game plan to tap into this lucrative market.

Last week, TCEB hosted the premier event, SITE’s 2019 Global Conference in Bangkok, a worldwide association dedicated exclusively to growing incentive travel.

SITE’s most recent research shows the incentive travel sector is the fastest growing element of MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions), with the highest per person spend, distributed amongst the widest spectrum of destination suppliers.

Other key findings include the dominance of destination appeal among the top factors influencing destination selection, the rise of second tier destinations and the increasing importance of wellness as a key incentive program inclusion.

TCEB is responding with campaigns and initiatives that highlight Thailand’s cultural diversity, creative innovation and its abundance of wellness resorts.

Commenting on the research, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence president, Philip Eidsvold said: “Findings are clear: incentive travel planners place more importance on overall destination appeal than air access and hotel infrastructure and Thailand has star quality appeal for incentive travel qualifiers.

The SITE Global Conference was attended by 350 incentive travel professionals from 30 countries, while TCEB estimated hosting the event generated 25 million baht.  However, the overall impact the meeting would have on earnings long term was far more substantial.

The meeting heard that, in the fiscal year ending September 2018, Thailand welcomed 369,370 incentive travellers representing a 35.90% growth (the highest in 14 years). The sector generated 20.67 million baht in revenue or 23.80% growth (the highest in seven years).

The 10 top source markets are: China (79,121 travellers); India (65,717); Malaysia (32,980); Vietnam (26,046); Philippines (22,025); South Korea (17,596); Indonesia (16,164); Singapore (14,596); Japan (13,187) and Laos PDR (13,157 travellers).

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