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Phuket gains six more legal hotels

PHUKET: The island gained six more legal hotels yesterday as Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan handed out hotel licenses to operators whose properties were previously providing tourist accommodations for periods of 30 days or less, in breach of the Hotel Act.

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Wednesday 1 March 2017, 09:56AM


The certificates were handed out at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Feb 28).

“Today we have six more legal hotels. Before we had 425 legal hotels and now we have 431, but there are about 200 more (illegal) hotels to go,” Gov Chockchai said.

“We will strictly check on all 431 legally registered hotels to ensure they do not release wastewater into the sea or public water sources, that they preserve the environment, do not exploit customers and they pay taxes on time,” he added.

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Gov Chockchai pointed out that bringing illegal hotels into fold is another way to reduce the opportunity for corruption by officials.

“This helps to reduce the problem of corruption in Phuket. Also, tourists will be more secure and they will be more confident in staying at Phuket hotels,” Gov Chockchai added.

“Moreover, local administrative offices can collect taxes from legal hotels for developing local areas,” he noted.

 

 

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Kurt | 01 March 2017 - 10:11:18

Wow, 6 more legal hotels! With the average speed of 1 hotel per week, more than 200 weeks to go to make whole of Phuket 'legal'.
But I red previously that the number of illegal hotels is much higher.

Well, on the photos the new legal 6 owners not look happy with their new status.
Guess they feel exposed as being previously illegal.

And,..it seems that someone did whisper in the ear of the Governor that there are corrupt officials on Phuket.
( Just short while ago the governor did denie that)
Nice hoping of the Governor to reduce the opportunities of corruption of Phuket officials.
We hope with him, and wish Governor success with fighting Phuket officials corruption.

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