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Phuket’s tourism situation ‘back to normal’, says V/Gov

Phuket’s tourism situation ‘back to normal’, says V/Gov

PHUKET: According to a report issued on the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) website yesterday, one of Phuket’s vice governors has stated that Phuket’s tourism, particularly involving Chinese tourists, has recovered with extra safety measures currently implemented.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 12:44PM


V/Gov Prakob Wongmaneerung said the tourism situation in Phuket has recovered to normal. Photo: The Phuket News / File

V/Gov Prakob Wongmaneerung said the tourism situation in Phuket has recovered to normal. Photo: The Phuket News / File

The NNT report, issued at 4:30pm yesterday (July 24), stated that V/Gov Prakob Wongmaneerung said the tourism situation in Phuket has recovered to normal, following a boat accident earlier this month, with the number of tourists increased by seven percent as of Monday (July 23), compared to last year. (See report here.)

“The southern province has called upon all tour operators to implement maximum safety measures, and is in the process of installing more CCTV cameras to ensure the tourists' safety,” the report quotes V/Gov Prakob as saying.

He added that the police is now working on the case to prosecute nominee firms involved with illegal tour operators.

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Galong | 26 July 2018 - 11:31:52

Real change must start in Bangkok and filter down to the 'illegal tour operators'. In other words, the root of the problem is at the top where actual law enforcement is simply not executed.  'Back to normal' otherwise means nothing substantial will happen.

Sue Yu2 | 26 July 2018 - 11:08:28

This announcement shows complete insensitivity & the obsession with tourist numbers. Totally insensitive. As for extra special measures, he shd be ashamed of himself by announcing this crap.

Asterix | 25 July 2018 - 16:38:46

I love some comments by senior civil servants during a crisis! They say what they dream but never provide true facts with statistics from arrivals at Phuket Airport or room occupancy in hotels.
V/Gov Prakob Wongmaneerung added that the police is now working on the case to prosecute nominee firms involved with illegal tour operators.
COMMENT: I hope he says the true....

Paddy | 25 July 2018 - 15:26:24

this boy needs to lay off the ya ba, still no real lifeguards and no regulated life jackets.

Kurt | 25 July 2018 - 14:42:06

Chinese tourism back to normal. Extra safety measures implemented, yeaaah, ON PAPER! For the rest unsafe business as usual. ( "we do it our way")
And again, more cctv cams are not ensuring more tourist safety ( prevention), it only register more 'happenings'.

BenPendejo | 25 July 2018 - 13:57:33

Someone please pass me the barf bucket. I love the way they term it "boat accident" instead of maritime disaster that was not an accident, but was negligence rooted in greed that killed 47 men women and children. This whole effort to portray things as "back to normal...and better" only a matter of weeks after the worst maritime disaster in modern Thai history is utterly disgust...

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