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Boost tourism, freeze debts and help the unemployed, National Reform Committee on Labour told in Phuket

Boost tourism, freeze debts and help the unemployed, National Reform Committee on Labour told in Phuket

PHUKET: Issuing a moratorium on all outstanding debts, boosting efforts to bring tourists to Phuket and providing financial support to unemployed people in Phuket were three key requests strongly delivered to National Reform Committee on Labour Chairman Charin Chakkaphak during his visit to Phuket today (Sept 11).

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By The Phuket News

Friday 11 September 2020, 05:32PM


Mr Charin and his delegation arrived in Phuket this morning to hear directly from people in Phuket the key problems they are facing during the current economic crisis.

Present at a meeting at the Phuket Provincial Hall where Mr Charon and his associates received the requests were Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong, other relevant officers and local business owners. 

V/Gov Phichet explained that Phuket is badly affected by the current crisis.

On behalf of the Phuket government, V/Gov Phichet delivered three requests already presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism:

  • extend the financial support by the Social Security Office for a further three months
  • allow workers from other provinces to transfer their house registration to Phuket so the Phuket government can receive more budget funds to provide better care for them
  • ask the Ministry of Labour to provide help to at least 1,000 unemployed in Phuket. 

“We want the National Reform Committee to be a part of pushing forward our requests,” V/Gov Phichet said.

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Further requests were presented by the private sector, including representatives from the Phuket Tourism Industry Council, Human Resources Club of Patong, the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, among others. The requests presented were as follows:

  • issue a moratorium on all outstanding debts for business owners and employees
  • relax soft loan conditions so that business owners can actually access the loans
  • reduce utility expenses such as water and electricity
  • suspend student loan debts for new graduates 
  • have officers from the Phuket office of the Department of Transport and the Department of Commerce strictly regulate prices of products and services in order to create a good image of Phuket 

Other requests presented at the meeting included one on behalf of Phuket residents for the government to encourage more Thais to travel to the island, and to support local business owners via social security funds and soft loans.

“The central government is paying much attention to Phuket and other places badly affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis, including Koh Samui,” Mr Charin said.

“All the information received today will be presented to the Cabinet next Tuesday [Sept 15],” Mr Charin added.

After the meeting, Mr Charin and his delegation went to meet local hotel operators as well as workers at spa and massage centres in Patong.

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Kurt | 12 September 2020 - 10:51:21

Thailand at this moment is doing nothing to boost tourism. No 'tourist thinking' at all.  Only scamming ASQL  hotel prices, + the driving-out section ( Immigration) working hard to have gone asap the present short stay visa tourists instead of having a temporarily ruling that they can stay here  ( like in Malaysia) and continue the support to the locals due to their safe Covid-free presenc...

Kurt | 12 September 2020 - 10:41:09

The Government should hand out vouchers to pay 50% of the ASLQ hotel costs. That prevent/checks hotels not to take financial advantage of foreign tourist. If one can stay in a Laguna hotel for 1000 thb per day,( as someone wrote in comment section) than ASQL rates between 100,000 and 250,000 for 2 weeks are not bringing tourists to Thailand.

Timothy | 12 September 2020 - 09:43:32

It is the officials from the land transport department that are responsible for the oversupply of taxi and tuk tuk on the island. They also allow them to operate without meters and charge whatever they like. They are yet another corrupt government agency. Obviously this committee is aware of the taxi  problem, but are only talking about fixing it now to lure Thai tourists. 

Foot | 11 September 2020 - 21:13:42

Want tourists and the 14 day arrival quarantine?
Here's the answer.
Have the government pay the costs of the 14 day confinement.  The only requirement is for the person to stay for 3 more weeks at the hotel of their choice.
No tricks. Period.
Start it immediately and run it as long as the quarantine is required.

Nasa12 | 11 September 2020 - 18:50:33

I like this line “ regulate prices of products and services in order to create a good image of Phuket“ Well well it’s looong time ago the image of phuket was gone. 

Svcoquette | 11 September 2020 - 18:04:35

Make the tourists you have here feel welcomed. Extend the 26 Sept amnesty until 31 Dec as Malaysia has done. 

 

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