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Phuket Chinese tourists handed ‘tour price list’ to deter rip-offs

PHUKET: More than 1,000 Chinese tourists on board 40 buses and vans returning to Phuket from tours to Krabi and Phang Nga were handed out lists of recommended tour prices yesterday (Nov 6) to prevent rip-off agents from charging them greatly inflated prices.

Chinese, tourism,


Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 7 November 2016, 03:42PM


Of note, the advisory – written in Chinese languge – informed the Chinese tourists that they should not spend more than B3,000 per person per tour.

The campaign was carried out by more than 50 members of the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance Association Phuket office and the Thai Chinese speaking Tour Guide Club, and led by Ronnakris Cheinsangaroon and Nonphuri Phattarakunakornsakul, who each serve as the Secretary at the respective associations.

The list, handed out as the tour buses and vans arrived on the island and passed through the Phuket Checkpoint at Tha Chatchai, gave example prices of tours in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga.

Examples included:

One day round trip to Phi Phi - Adult B2,000; Child B1,700

Phang Nga - Adult B1,200; Child B1,000

Koh Racha - Adult B1,500; Child B1,200

Koh Khai Nok - Adult B1,000; Child B800

Krabi four islands - Adult B1,200; Child B1,000

Similan Islands - Adult B2,500; Child B2,200

Koh Khai Nai - Adult B600; Child B600

Mr Ronnakris explained that the suggested tour prices listed were set by the Ministry of Tourism. “This allows tours to be no more than 600 yuan, or B3,000 per person per tour group of 16 people or more,” he said.

“The need to make these leaflets available to tourists came after the government learned that many tour groups were cheating on tour packages and fares, and also to eliminate ‘zero-dollar’ tours,” Mr Ronnakris noted.

The brochure also aims to change negative perspectives about our tourism industry among Chinese, he said.

“We want Chinese tourists to know what tours cost when they visit Thailand, and especially Phuket. They deserve a fair fare, just like everyone else,” Mr Ronnakris added.

“There have been so many illegal guides selling overpriced tour packages to our tourists. We want to preserve the good tourism image of Phuket, and the Kingdom, so we set up this list of standard prices which is available to the public and freely handed out to tourists.”

 

 

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Kurt | 07 November 2016 - 18:23:12

Great! Good initiative of the Thai-Chines tourist associations.
Hand out tour advices in Chinese, and explained in Chinese.
Very good to tackle the protected thai job  'tourist servers'. hahahaha.
Actually such good initiative should have done years ago by TAT.
But after many years of complains TAT never did tackle this.
Finally the cheating on Chinese tourist at Phuket hopefully comes to a end.
What was TAT standing for anyway? Self promotion and tickling?

To many thai did sell overpriced tours to Chinese tourists. Tour selling by thai kiosks is a protected thai job!
Good that the negative and overpriced packages get a better attention and can be avoided.
Away with the rip off thai agents!

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