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Phuket Governor repeats warning to illegal hotels: register, or face legal action

Phuket Governor repeats warning to illegal hotels: register, or face legal action

PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket, Chockchai Dejamornthan, has reiterated his warning to operators illegally providing accommodation to tenants for periods of 30 days or less to register by January 31 or face legal action.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 26 December 2016, 09:18AM


Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan warned illegal hotels ro register by January 31, or face legal action. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan warned illegal hotels ro register by January 31, or face legal action. Photo: PR Dept

The warning came in an official notice issued by the Phuket Provincial Office yesterday (Dec 23).

Gov Chockchai noted that so far 300 illegal operators had registered since the January 31 deadline was handed down earlier this month. (See story here.)

However, he also pointed out that a provincial investigative committee had identified a total of 1,366 venues illegally providing short-term rentals.

The same committee noted that only 424 hotels on the island were operating legally, he added.

“All illegal accommodations must be registered by January 31, 2017 and begin renovations so their properties can be legally registered in accordance with the the Hotel Act of 2004,” Gov Chockchai said.

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“If any of them don’t follow the provincial notice within the deadline, they will face legal action,” he warned.

The deadline to register properties as hotels follows the Ministry of Interior on August 19 issuing a new regulation to make it easier for more property owners to obtain a hotel license.

The regulation – called the Ministerial Regulation Prescribing Descriptions of Other Types of Building Used for a Hotel Business Operation 2016 under the Building Control Act (1979) – will remain in effect for five years.

However, it applies only to buildings that existed before it came into force and whose owners desire to use the property as “Hotel” as defined by the Hotel Act. (See story here.)

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LorenFep | 03 May 2017 - 20:31:42

Представьте себе платье, в котором собрано более 2 000 000 модных товаров: мужская, женская и детская одежда, обувь и аксессуары. 
Вы можете приходить в него в любое сезон и обещать с бесплатной доставкой всё, который понрав...

Jamesvof | 30 April 2017 - 04:30:37

Hello. And Bye.

Gregoryapash | 16 March 2017 - 18:14:53

Hello. And Bye.

Joe12 | 27 December 2016 - 20:38:49

Kurt...read the act to see who is responsible for the implementation of the Act, that way you can make informed comments. Can't make head nor tail what else you are saying and the relevance to the article.

Kurt | 27 December 2016 - 15:27:41

Asterix:  Yes, you are right! Hit the nail on the head!
Point/problem is in Thailand: 
Many different laws and departments involved.
For the accommodation owners it is just like snow skiing.
If you know the way, you swerve-ski  down between the flags.
Who knows how long present governor stays?

Different persons, different priorities, at least in their press conferences.

And what ever th...

Kurt | 26 December 2016 - 19:33:24

Only 424 hotels on Phuket are operating legal?
Well, I guess not many thai 'accomodation' owners will run for registering before 21 January.

Obvious that it will become an enormous task for Governor to get this straighten out.
As there are so many illegal, more than 1366, it will need a special appointed task force to tackle this problem. 
Seen the number of illegal ( how they know t...

eric dekegel | 26 December 2016 - 12:14:05

Warning is not acting, that's another thing,lets see what he manage to achieve,but the initiative is great

Asterix | 26 December 2016 - 11:13:28

Tax audits with a crackdown on Thai nominees as Thai Directors, Thai share-holders and fictive Thai staff may help faster than we may think to bring those tax evaders and cheaters to be by the law or be out of business in the tourism industry.

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