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Officials launch 10 tourist service centres in Phuket

PHUKET: Local government officials yesterday held an event to mark the launch of 10 tourist service centres across the island aimed at increasing the confidence in safety for tourists.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 26 December 2017, 01:10PM

At 5:30pm yesterday (Dec 25) at “Bangla Park” – on Patong Beach near the police box at the end of Bangla Rd, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong along with director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Jatuporn Burutpat officially opened the Patong branch of the tourist service centres.

Joining them at the event were Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup and others relevant government officials.

Speaking at yesterday’s event, Gov Norraphat said, “Phuket is a popular tourism city. Each year there are more than 15 million tourist who visit Phuket especially during the New Year festivities.

We are concerned for tourists security, especially during high season, therefore we have launched Tourism Coordination and Service Centres,” he said.

Gov Norraphat explained that the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Office is responsible for these centres aimed at helping tourists in Phuket.

There are 10 centres with the main provincial centre being located at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Office.

There are five centres in Muang Phuket District; at Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Phromthep Cape and Rawai Pier. There are two centres in Kathu district; at Patong Beach and Kamala Beach. There are two centres in Thalang District; at Surin Beach and Nai Yang Beach,” Gov Norraphat explained.

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These ten centres aim to take care of tourists who are in trouble. Handbooks including maps and tourism destinations are available to assist tourists. Officials stationed at the centres are Phuket Tourist Police, Phuket Marine Police, Phuket Police, tourist volunteers, rescue workers and other officials who are capable of speaking English and Chinese,” Gov Norraphat noted.

These centres are open 24 hours a day, with prosecutors also available to provide information to tourists who are in a trouble regarding laws.

Tourists will feel comfortable when travelling in Phuket. Phuket will be upgraded to be an international tourism destination for long term development,” Gov Norraphat added.

Mr Jatuporn said, “During this high season the DMCR is providing officials and equipment to support safety on Phuket’s beaches in order to give confidence to tourists and also to set a good image for tourism on the island.

Phuket has many beautiful natural places and we asked them for their cooperation to take care of these places and keep them clean and safe.

We also have a ‘No Smoking on the Beach’ campaign,” he said.



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ematt | 30 December 2017 - 10:45:18

OK, happy to fulfil your request: Your comments are wrong.

You're welcome.

Rorri_2 | 29 December 2017 - 10:34:03

"Wow - what a nasty, negative, bitter bunch of comments we have here. Local officials announce a service oriented initiative, and PN readers repsond with hatelfulness and anitpathy," then please tells us if our comments are wrong, instead of making a useless comment, with 3 spelling mistakes.

Christy Sweet | 28 December 2017 - 12:26:41

The only service it's about is lip service. 

ematt | 28 December 2017 - 08:41:23

Wow - what a nasty, negative, bitter bunch of comments we have here. Local officials announce a service oriented initiative, and PN readers repsond with hatelfulness and anitpathy.

The comments section here is an embarrassment to the expat community. 

malczx7r | 27 December 2017 - 13:44:24

"Tourists will feel safe travelling in Phuket" Obviously the governor has never travelled around Phuket and just sits in his office all day or he'd see the dangerous and out of control locals on the road! I never feel safe driving here, i dread the weekly drive to do the shopping!

Kurt | 27 December 2017 - 13:42:20

Tourist Courts and Tourist Safety Zones, all fantasy and sold to the public on Phuket Tourist Island by Officials with dry eyes.
It was never intended to be for real.
Sold nonsense and actually good for undermining Officials image only.

Let's wait and see how long these tourist service centers remain open 24 hours a day.

Rorri_2 | 27 December 2017 - 09:33:58

I hope this idea works better than the "tourist" courts, that never came to fruition, in fact no one could find where to report an issue to, even though the office was at the airport... hidden away, that is if it actually existed.

Christy Sweet | 27 December 2017 - 08:07:35

Christmas eve,  a  young man was at my door, masturbating through his pants. I made a police report, told them where he worked as a security guard at a neighboring villa development and even directed where there is CCTV of his arrival and departure to my street. I also showed them the police report made last year  of his obscene and harassing text messages. 
Absolutely nothing was done. 

BenPendejo | 26 December 2017 - 16:46:30

Nice to know that there are now 10 places where tourists can go and get nothing taken care of.  Forget about actually having friendly and alert police walking the area to prevent bed things from happening...just leave it up to the tourist go try and find help after the fact.  Oh wait, I get it...it is modeled after the police department, that just show up after the fact to see who pays who. Great!

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