Gov calls for tighter security after Bali

PHUKET TOWN: Phuket needs greater protective security following the Bali bombing, Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi told a meeting of 30 officials today at Provincial Hall. The terrorist outrage would not bring any direct benefit to Phuket in increased tourism, but it was essential that the danger be understood and dealt with effectively, he told the gathering of police, immigration officials, firemen and leaders of other security sectors. “There is no need for panic but we would not be doing our jobs if we did not step up precautions and training,” the governor said. “The whole of Southeast Asia will be considered an unsafe zone and we, too, will lose tourists if we don’t provide strong protection.” More attention should be paid to a co-ordinated approach and to places where tourists congregate or where there are strategic features, he said. These included the airport, bus stations, tourist destinations, the deep sea port, cruise ships, yacht marinas and fuel storage areas. The public and people involved in the tourist industry could help by keeping an eye out in hotels, restaurants or entertainment places for suspicious behavior, he added.

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