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Phuket has more than 6,000 taxis ready to serve tourists

Phuket has more than 6,000 taxis ready to serve tourists

PHUKET: Phuket has more than 6,000 registered taxis and more than 370 buses registered ready to serve tourists, a provincial-level meeting was told yesterday (Sept 30).

By The Phuket News

Saturday 1 October 2022, 10:00AM

The numbers were announced at a meeting of the Joint Public-Private Sector Committee on Developing and Solving Economic Problems in Phuket Province, chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan.

Joining the meeting were heads of local government agencies, including Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, Chief of the Phuket branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Also present was Asst Prof Dr Chayanon Phucharoen, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies under the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism at Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus.

The objective of the meeting was for attendees to be updated on the tourism situation in Phuket and preparations for receiving tourists during the high season, said a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

At the meeting it was confirmed that there were currently 11,351 public transport vehicles in Phuket.

Of those were 378 buses,  518 minibuses (vans) and 518 tuk-tuks.

The remainder were described as 6,342 “non-buses” and 277 metered taxis.

The meeting resolved for a public relations campaign to be launched for tourists to use “the correct and legal vehicles”, the report said.

The public relations materials will be in English, the report added.

Among the other key issues raised at the meeting, this time by a representative from the private sector, was the labour shortage problem currently being experienced in Phuket’s tourism sector.

Phuket hoteliers have long warned of a ‘dire’ hospitality skills shortage on the island, and have been investigating ‒ and enacting ‒ their own strategies to prepare their staff for the return of tourists in numbers. (See stories here and here.)

“Therefore, I would like to ask the Phuket Provincial Employment Office to hold employment promotion activities and meetings to attract workers from other provinces to work in the Phuket area to support job vacancies that will increase during the tourist season,” the representative said.

Ketwadee Piyamethinruj, marketing representative for the Southern Regional Office of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) asked for the Phuket Provincial Government to expedite the budget of B1.411 billion for the project “to upgrade Phuket health tourism to a world-class health tourism city” by developing a “medical plaza” in Mai Khao, said the report.

“If the budget is received, the project will be progressed accordingly,” Ms Ketwadee said.

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Prab | 02 October 2022 - 10:00:26

and most tourist wont dare t call any of those 6000 crooks that are more dangerous than a drug dealer... 6000 votes for someone at the next election, this is what they really do and how they protect each other... 

JohnC | 02 October 2022 - 09:07:07

Only 500 tuk tuks?!! Are they sure of that number? Pre covid days it looked like at least 10 times that many were hogging all the parking areas and best pick up spots island wide. LIke me, how many others have been approached by "taxi service representatives" to move their car because that parking spot belongs to them? If you refuse your life is threatened. World class tourist destinatio...

maverick | 02 October 2022 - 07:04:07

I am of course referring to hospitality :-) 

maverick | 02 October 2022 - 07:02:53

As for staff shortages in hospitals those who got burned wham lockdowns happened will be very cautious until they see evidence of tourists returning in significant numbers - and that does not mean more bluster from TAT who pull different numbers out of a hat  weekly.

maverick | 02 October 2022 - 06:59:53

Only 277 metered taxis -that’s revealing the rip off continues unabated 

Fascinated | 01 October 2022 - 13:26:51

As none of these vehicles are government run how are they 'public transport'? Anyone else getting tired of this 'world-class' BS?


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