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Phuket tourism industry unloads slew of critical issues on Phiphat

Phuket tourism industry unloads slew of critical issues on Phiphat

PHUKET: Tourism & Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn was in Phuket yesterday (Feb 17) to hear firsthand the slew of critical infrastructure issues facing the tourism industry on the island, including  insufficient tap water, traffic and taxi operators and ‘mafia figures’ operating hotels on the island.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 18 February 2023, 11:04AM

Joining Mr Phiphat at the Andaman Health Promotion Coordination Center Conference Room at the Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus was Natee Ratchakitprakarn, Chairman of the Advisory Board to Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

“Currently, Phuket has entered the full tourist season. There are many tourists from many countries who have come to visit. As a result, Phuket faces fundamental problems in terms of infrastructure such as road congestion due to the increasing number of cars, roads that need to be made and expanded, water used leading to inadequate reserves, labour shortage and safety in life and property [of tourists],” noted a report of the meeting by the Phuket Info Center.

At the meeting, participants were given the opportunity to present their problems and express their opinions about tourism problems facing the private sector, the report noted.

“Those who attended the meeting presented overall problems such as infrastructure in the province. Phuket is still unable to accommodate enough tourists. Public transport, logistics and road traffic congestion in the area, were other key concerns,” the report added.

The problem of small hotels being unable to operate due to ministerial regulations regarding hotels and “foreign mafia problems to do business in the area by contributing benefits to the capital group and tourists in their own country, etc,” was another problem specifically raised, the report said.

Regarding new roads being made and existing roads being expanded, Mr Phiphat said a study group will look into having road projects being taken over by larger government departments which have larger government budgets, instead of having local authorities trying to build key roads needed.

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“I have the intention and we will definitely fix it, because I understand that Phuket itself now encounters the problem of traffic jams,” said Mr Phiphat, who frequently visits Phuket for periods of days.

Mr Phiphat said he would look into the issues of sufficient tap water, the regulation barriers preventing small hotels from legally operating and the issue of tourist safety.

“About the mafia in the area, at this point, we are coordinating with the Tourist Police and regular police in the area. We are encouraging the supervision of safety and will coordinate and provide instructions to the national agency of Royal Thai Police to oversee this matter as well,” he said.

“We must be reminded that in terms of taking care of the safety and security of tourists, including businesses operated by the use of nominees and various illegal behaviors that cause damage to tourism in the area, if anyone knows of them they must inform the relevant authorities, such as the Tourist Police, local police and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, among others,” Mr Phiphat said.

“Now tourism has begun to return to Phuket, we must join together as a good host so we will be able to create a good image for Phuket and Thailand to be a sustainable tourism destination,” he concluded.

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Kurt | 20 February 2023 - 09:50:50

See that Mr Phiphat knows exactly what is not happening on Phuket to make the island sustainable and a infrastructural 2023 good province. He forget to mention or he did ask Phuket Officialdom why they during the 2 quiet Covid tourist years NOT have done anything to tackle/take all all the matters he mentioned, annd,...still not do!

Pooliekev | 19 February 2023 - 16:21:37

Yeah I thought that too. Smart move Thailand! Kudos at not being bullied by 'our friends and allies.'

christysweet | 19 February 2023 - 13:28:42

"Foreign mafia" are  here en masse and permanent because Thailand refused to  go along with sanctioning  Russia. Reap...Sow

JohnC | 19 February 2023 - 09:35:56

What a load of complete BS! "Phuket is still unable to accommodate enough tourists"??? Seriously!! How many is enough to satisfy the greedy and corrupt that prey on this island 'paradise' (sic). 

Kurt | 19 February 2023 - 08:58:53

'Enough' is when Phuket Officialdom can't handle any longer safety inhabitants and tourists. 10 Lynching Thai bouncers at Bangla Rd. Certain motor riding groups RTP can not handle as we experience on the road. RTP Patong visits even French Honorary Consul to ask for 'help'. Unique! How to expect things from a Honorary Consul, what RTP with all her manpower can't handle? 

Kurt | 19 February 2023 - 08:43:33

What is 'enough'?  During 2 Covid years Phuket failed to improve enough infra structures roads, water reservoirs ( long dry periods are sure coming in future), incinerators capacity.  No laws to forbid/enforce on the road fuming black poisening smog from busses, trucks. Enough = enough, and is now the case. Phuket is 'full'.

Capricornball | 18 February 2023 - 12:41:14

Such a load of crap that I feel more certain that there is no entity that has the knowledge, capability or desire to make improvements. If Khun Phiphat's main suggestion to  combat corruption and mafia influence is to contact the RTP, he is either utterly lost or a paid hack of the RTP. And the key to improving road congestion is a bigger agency with bigger budgets, heaven help this place

Fascinated | 18 February 2023 - 12:19:10

Drive him back through the nightmare that has become the bottleneck in Cherng Talay.  There is only a small window of opportunity to address this before the land is developed. It can take up to 20 minutes to navigate the t-junction by the police station. Mind you a bit more courteous driving would alleviate a lot of the issues.


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