PHUKET: Plans are underfoot to establish 24-hour tourist service centers at more than a dozen popular Phuket beaches, Phuket Vice Governor Prajiad Aksornthammakul announced on Friday.
“We all know that millions of tourists visit our island every year. It is our responsibility to come together and ensure their safety and security while on holiday here,” said V/Gov Prajiad.
“We can not deny that there have been incidents in the past when tourists were being targeted by criminals, leading to loss of property, injuries or even death.
“The establishment of these 24-hour tourist service centers will help visitors to get in touch with the proper authorities and hopefully reduce the number of issues tourists face when on holiday here.”
The vice governor proposed the centers be set up at the following locations: Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Nui Beach, Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, Kalim Beach, Tri Trang Beach, Naithon Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Surin Beach, Layan Beach, Saikaew Beach and Mai Khao Beach, as well as Koh Racha, Koh Hei, Koh Maithon and Koh Naka.
Orders were given to local government bodies to inspect the proposed areas in their jurisdiction to establish which spot on the beaches or islands would be best for the center. They are to submit their findings to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Phuket Office by November 25.
“Once we have a more concrete plan, we can start moving on getting the budget necessary for the project,” V/Gov Prajiad said. “I am sure the centers will help decrease crime in the areas where they are established and will boost tourists’ confidence in their own safety.”
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