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Phuket hoteliers petition against 92,000 illegal hotel rooms

Phuket hoteliers petition against 92,000 illegal hotel rooms

PHUKET: Dr Kritsada Tonsakul, who heads the Phuket-based Southern Thailand chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, today (Dec 28) led a delegation of tourism and hospitality leaders in filing a petition calling for the government to take action against an estimated 92,000 illegal hotel rooms in Phuket.

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By Darawan Naknakhon

Monday 28 December 2015, 08:40PM


Global online booking giant Agoda currently touts that it accepts bookings for 2,381 accommodation establishments in Phuket. Image: Website screenshot

Global online booking giant Agoda currently touts that it accepts bookings for 2,381 accommodation establishments in Phuket. Image: Website screenshot

Dr Krisada handed the petition in person to Phuket Vice Governor Dr Prajied Aksornthammakul, Phuket Provincial Hall.

“About 70 per cent of the hotel rooms* in Phuket are illegal,” Dr Kritsada said. “Almost all of them offer daily-rate accommodation. Some have applied to register, but others have not.”

“If they do not register their own businesses, that will have negative consequence in several ways, especially the economic effect on the general tourism industry of three and four-star hotels.

“It also creates problems reporting their guests to immigration,” he added.

Global online booking giant Agoda currently touts that it accepts bookings for 2,381 accommodation establishments in Phuket.

However, as recently as September, Anoma Vongyai, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT Phuket office, cited that Phuket has 93,750 rooms in 1,800 hotels – of which only 376 venues were registered. (See story here.)

 

* Correction: Hotel rooms, not hotels, as originally reported.

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PhuketSam | 29 December 2015 - 06:14:35

So basically this group is only concerned about the 3 and 4 star hotels on Phuket?

 

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