THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


New tourism minister looks to legalising new markets

New tourism minister looks to legalising new markets

BANGKOK: The new Tourism and Sports Minister plans to promote medical marijuana tourism and legalise ride-hailing and accommodation-sharing apps and websites to attract foreign visitors.

tourismtransporteconomics
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 23 July 2019, 10:35AM


New Tourism Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan. Photo: Patipat Janthong / Bangkok Post

New Tourism Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan. Photo: Patipat Janthong / Bangkok Post

Speaking on his first day in office, Pipat Ratchakitprakan last Friday (Jul 19) said he wants to include marijuana in medical tourism, especially Thai traditional medicine and massage.

"We would like to provide medical tour packages, such as detox, Thai massage and other wellness courses that use marijuana substances," said Mr Pipat.

The marijuana tourism packages would aim to attract tourists from Europe and the US who have a positive perception about medical marijuana.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the agency is ready to implement medical marijuana tourism promotion to build quality tourism because the target segment tends to spend more than average tourists.

Pipat Ratchakitprakan is a key leader of the Bhumjaithai Party, whose election campaign promises included the liberalisation of marijuana cultivation for medicinal purposes as well as the legalisation of ride-hailing and home-sharing apps and sites.

Presently these services already operate here, with the market dominated by Grab and Airbnb.

TRANSPORT

The party's policies were presented to the prime minister, with the Tourism and Sports Ministry expected to work with the Transport Ministry to legalise ride-sharing services.

Many public transport services are seen as costly and do not reach some tourism areas. The prime minister expressed his concern after a recent case in which a minivan charged Australian tourists in Phuket B3,000 to travel from the airport to Kata beach, said Mr Pipat.

"In order to tackle these kinds of problems, the Tourism Ministry must cooperate with the police and the Transport Ministry to get rid of scams and legalise ride-sharing as soon as possible to help tourists," he said.

Mr Pipat admitted that some transport services are awful and improving them is an urgent task that will require more compliance from other authorities after little has been done the past four years.

The interim government had full enforcement power, but with the Transport Ministry also under Bhumjaithai control, he expects more frequent discussions to resolve these problems together.

ACCOMMODATION SHARING

Mr Pipat said the party will push the government to recognise accommodation sharing as a legitimate business in Thailand.

Laguna Golf Phuket

Operators such as Airbnb can help monitor the services and be a trusted agent between house owners and guests.

Homestays are another choice that can help generate revenue in remote communities, aligning the core concepts of tourism promotion in all 77 provinces in Thailand.

However, the details of legalising accommodation sharing will be discussed in later stages after meetings with the private sector to hear their needs.

SAFETY, FOREIGN CURRENCY & VISAS

He said some good policies from the previous administration will be kept such as improving safety standards at tourism attractions to regain the confidence of foreign tourists. Mr Pipat set this as his priority task.

The ministry also plans to establish volunteer police in communities to supervise tourist areas.

He would like to schedule a talk with the Finance Ministry and the Bank of Thailand about easing the strong baht, which has made Thailand more expensive for foreigner travellers in recent months.

In addition, extending the visa-on-arrival fee waivers will be considered right after the prime minister delivers his policy statement to the House.

SPORTS

In terms of sports, Mr Pipat will encourage more operators of international tournaments to choose Thailand as a destination as the events will not only attract tourists to the games, but also promote Thai tourism.

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Karon Police reveal details of Norwegian arrested for death of Brit at Phuket resort

Your initial reporting on this story were completely ridiculous. Many other outlets reported the sam...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Wrong K,especially in SEA i had the same experience as G.with those fruit baskets and straight blade...(Read More)


Phuket officials whittle down routes for ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’ mass-cycling event

K,this event isn't meant to be a tourist attraction.Why do you hijack it for your rant about be...(Read More)


Karon Police reveal details of Norwegian arrested for death of Brit at Phuket resort

Just like everywhere else in the world, only a judge can decide if bail is granted, police can only ...(Read More)


Rescue workers trap three monitor lizards in houses and gardens in Kathu

Kurt,they were released into their natural habitat.Same as they do with snakes.Should they give a wa...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Kurt,I can't remember being with you in the same room wherever i stayed.So please tell me how do...(Read More)


Phuket officials whittle down routes for ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’ mass-cycling event

Un Air Rak? Warmth of love? How about to experience that first at Phuket beaches, in Phuket taxis, v...(Read More)


Rescue workers trap three monitor lizards in houses and gardens in Kathu

Yes GerryT81, that is true. But Phuket officialdom should warn foreign tourists about it on forehand...(Read More)


Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Sorry GerryT81. Fruit baskets never come with a steak knife. And any kind of burger by room service ...(Read More)