Phuket model: Thai govt’s innovative approach to tourist safety

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and the acting Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Police, Police General Kittirat Panphet, convened with local consuls to discuss the Phuket Model – an innovative approach to law enforcement. The meeting took place yesterday at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Phuket.

The Phuket Model, a comprehensive strategy aimed at safeguarding the interests of tourists, was unveiled on April 21. The initiative is designed to tackle illegal activities and ensure the safety of visitors in top tourist hotspots, according to the official report.

The event saw participation from Phuket Vice Governor Norasak Suksomboon, senior police officials, representatives from 12 countries, and delegates from various governmental and private agencies. Pol. Gen. Kittirat elaborated on the measures to counter illegal activities by foreign visitors in Phuket.

These include the creation of a comprehensive database for informing tourists about prohibited actions, collaboration with relevant authorities in fighting foreign criminal organisations, and stringent enforcement of laws about foreign car rental operators.

Emphasising the government’s commitment to solving persistent challenges such as water shortages and infrastructure enhancements, PM Srettha underscored investments in water supply projects and road expansion to ease congestion. He also referred to concerted efforts to address wastewater issues.

Recognising the crucial role of law enforcement in maintaining stability and promoting economic growth, the 62 year old Thai PM called for cooperation from all stakeholders, including honorary consuls, in upholding national security. He underscored the importance of law enforcement in safeguarding Phuket’s reputation as a tourist destination.

However, there were concerns raised about the Patong area, especially the lively Soi Bangla. Pol. Gen. Kittirat has been tasked with boosting security measures in Patong Police Station and Bangla Police Station to enhance tourist safety and suppress illicit activities, reported The Phuket News.

“The implementation of the Phuket Model signals a concerted effort by the Thai government to prioritise tourist safety and uphold the country’s reputation as a premier travel destination. With plans to extend the model to other popular tourist regions like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya, authorities are poised to strengthen law enforcement and safeguard the interests of visitors across Thailand.”

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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