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Deputy PM calls for “one-stop’ police counters for Phuket tourists, expats

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PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok today called for every police station across Phuket to have a dedicated section to receive complaints from foreigners.

The call came at a meeting at The Metropole Hotel in Phuket Town attended by Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut, Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat and other top-ranking police officers from the Andaman provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi as well as Surat Thani.

“The superintendent of every police station should set up ‘one-stop’ sections to serve tourists and expats. This will make it more convenient for people to file complaints and make it easier for officers in the police station to do their work,” Deputy PM Pracha said.

He also called for police on the island to work together with the governor to help boost public safety in Phuket.

“Police and officials should share information in order to be able to provide better safety and security in Phuket. Security is a top priority not just for Phuket, but for every province in Thailand in accordance with the policy laid down by the prime minister,” Deputy PM Pracha said.

Before the event got underway, Governor Maitri in his opening address pointed out that 232 foreigners representing 49 nationalities had been arrested over the past 10 months.

“Phuket is a small city, but there are many tourists and people from other provinces in Phuket. This makes the city more complex and we have some problems that still need to fixed,” he said.

Governor Maitri added that over the same period 102 foreigners had died in Phuket. He named the top causes of death as: health problems, accidents, drugs and drowning.

Phuket’s lifeguards received a special mention: “They saved 64 Thais and 577 foreigners from drowning [during the 10 months].”

“Phuket no longer has a low season. Over the past 10 months about 9.14 million passengers passed through Phuket Airport – that’s an increase of 1.48 million, or about 19%, compared with the same period during the preceding year,” he said.

The ever-increasing number of arrivals on the island was causing several key concerns, including traffic jams, problems with taxis, and public safety, he said.

“One of the major problems in Phuket is traffic jams. There are not enough roads in Phuket for the number of the cars here,” Governor Maitri suggested.

From January to July this year, an average of 1,754 new cars were registered in Phuket per month.

“This is an increase of 24% on the same period past year. The increasing number of cars is causing traffic jams and other problems for road users,” he said.

The ongoing problem with illegal taxis remained a concern.

“We have tried to fix the problem by encouraging them to legally register their vehicles as taxis. So far 40% of them have done so. The rest of them have difficulties because their cars are still owned by finance companies,” Gov Maitri said.

Regarding public safety, Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalviwat highlighted efforts to boost police presence in tourist areas by involving Thai and foreign volunteers.

“Our officers work with many volunteers – Thai and foreign. In some police stations in tourist areas we have translators available to assist tourists,” Maj Gen Choti said.

“Also, additional officers will patrol areas where many tourists stay. We are continuing our efforts to have illegal taxi and jet-ski operators become legal, and so far we have 343 CCTV cameras around Phuket.

“We will add 2,400 more cameras with a budget of 89 million baht,” Gen Choti said.

— Orawin Narabal

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“Open the borders, safely”, Bill Heinecke, Minor International interview – VIDEO

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Bill Heinecke speaks to Bill Barnett. The two heavy-hitters of Thailand’s hotel and hospitality sector, mull over the current Covid situation and the reopening of Thailand’s borders to some form of tourism. Bill Heinecke is the Chairman and Founder of Minor International.

Bill Barnett is the Managing Director of c9hotelworks.com

Now the Thai government has approved the special long-term tourist visa scheme (STV), hoteliers are remaining skeptical about reopening due to the lack of clarity in the recent announcement, which will reportedly take effect next month. The president of the Thai Hotels Association’s southern chapter says more hoteliers will consider reopening if the government gives further information about the plan in terms of prospective markets, arrival dates, origin countries, and flights.

Such details would allow hotels to prepare themselves ahead of time to offer services as alternative state quarantine premises as at least 60 hotels in Phuket are awaiting approval to operate such facilities.

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Now they’re coming… Special Tourist Visa flight set for Tuesday – Tourism and Sports Minister

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After much confusion and a few apparent ‘misunderstandings’, Chinese tourists on the Special Tourist Visa will actually arrive on October 20 and 26. At least that’s what Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says, according to the Bangkok Post. The first group is said to arrive 4 days from now in Bangkok (if they actually applied for the visa this time).

Reports circulated for weeks about a flight of 120 to 150 tourists set to arrive in Phuket on October 8 from Guangzhou, China. An announcement was made shortly after the flight was due to arrive with Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn saying “administrative issues” had caused the delay.

It was later reported that no one from Guangzhou had actually applied for the visa and it was all just a misunderstanding after the Tourism Authority of Thailand reportedly passed off a list of those “interested” in the visa as actual applications.

This time, the Post is reporting the first group of 120 tourists from Guangzhou will arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday. Another group of 120 tourists, also from Guangzhou, will arrive on October 26, but the Post didn’t say where that flight will land.

It’s apparently the same group that was planned to arrive in Phuket on October 8, but the minister claims the trip was postponed due to the Vegetarian Festival which is planned to run until October 25. Both the Phuket governor and National Security Council secretary general had claimed the festival was the reason for the delayed flight and was intended to ease fears of Covid-19 for the festival-goers coming in from the rest of Thailand.

Even though the new long stay tourist visa is good for 90 days, and can be renewed twice, the tourists will only stay in the country for 30 days, with 14 of those days in quarantine. Phiphat says the Tourism Authority of Thailand will find activities to keep the tourists occupied while in quarantine.

The visitors will be the first international tourists after a 6 month ban to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Thai officials have been discussing plans for months about how to safely reopen borders to revive the country’s economy which is heavily driven by the tourism industry. Officals are now talking about cutting down the mandatory time for quarantine from 14 days to 7 days to help entice people to visit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket to host Cabinet meeting to review proposals for reviving local economy

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Government officials are to hold a Cabinet meeting in Phuket on November 2 and 3, when they will meet with local authorities and business owners to hear their suggestions on re-igniting the province’s decimated economy. Phuket has been hit particularly hard by the country’s borders being shut since late March, with the absence of international tourists dealing a hammer blow that some say will be felt for years to come.

The Bangkok Post reports that, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the province would generate over 400 billion baht in tourism revenue each year. Now, data from the Phuket Area Revenue Office shows that, between January and August, year on year tax revenue from the province has plummeted by over 46%.

In preparation for the November meeting with central government officials, Governor Narong Woonsiew has met with local business leaders. Narong says Phuket is currently completely reliant on domestic tourism, with the local economy devastated by the fallout from Covid-19 and the loss of internationals tourists. He says the government understands the difficulties being faced by the province and has chosen to have a Cabinet meeting there for that reason. He adds that he would like Bangkok officials to ask state agencies to hold meetings and conferences in Phuket, as one way of helping the local economy.

“Phuket is grateful that it is the Cabinet’s venue of choice. This gives us hope for economic recovery. We have experienced many economic hardships before, and we are discussing what to propose as immediate and long-term solutions to the Cabinet.”

Phuket is still hoping to welcome its first international tourists in over 6 months, under the new Special Tourist Visa scheme. The programme was officially launched on October 1, however, nobody seems sure when the first lot of foreign visitors availing of the visa are set to arrive. The much-talked about arrival of between 120 and 150 Chinese visitors, which was supposed to take place this month, turned out to be all for nothing, when it was revealed not a single Chinese national applied for the STV.

Nevertheless, Governor Narong says he expects the province to re-open for international tourism from October 25. That’s just over a week away. He adds that he would like PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to test Phuket’s readiness for managing STV arrivals, by undergoing all the procedures the province has put in place. He says the role-play could be filmed and used to increase tourists’ confidence that Phuket is well-equipped to prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 on the island.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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