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PTA clarifies position on issue of separate rooms for unmarried couples under Sandbox model

PTA clarifies position on issue of separate rooms for unmarried couples under Sandbox model

PHUKET: The Phuket Tourist Association posted a statement today (June 25) to clarify its position on previous posts online claiming that couples who were not married would have to occupy separate rooms while staying in Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox model, to start next Thursday (July 1).

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By The Phuket News

Friday 25 June 2021, 06:52PM


The statement issued by the Phuket Tourist Association earlier today (June 25). Image: Phuket Tourist Association

The statement issued by the Phuket Tourist Association earlier today (June 25). Image: Phuket Tourist Association

The statement directly referred to a post by the association’s own president, Bhummikitti Raktaengam, a central figure in the creation and deployment of the Sandbox policy.

“From the news on social media that Mr Bhummikitti Raktaengam, the president of Phuket Tourist Association, explained about the case that tourists want to stay with Thai people. They must be married couples only. Those who are just girlfriends, a buddy, or a person who is hired to entertain are not allowed,” the statement read.

“We would like to clarify that the sentence was misunderstood because Mr Bhummikitti explained that the stay together between foreign tourists and Thais can be done under the framework of law, which needs to be considered again,” the statement added.

“To not make any possible confusion, please wait for the clarity from the announcement by the Royal Gazette,” the statement concluded.

Mr Bhummikitti himself shared the statement through his own Facebook page earlier today.

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“Please notice and to clarify… The association and I cannot set up the cannot set the rules for traveling or the conditions of stay.

“What I said was through a Zoom [meeting] by ATTA [Association of thai Travel Agents] and was only my own response to that question.

“The law should allow [people] to do things under the framework, such as those who had a marriage certificate. For other cases, it needs to be considered by relevant officials,” Mr Bhummitkitti added.

“Please wait to hear from relevant officials. The association is a private organization. It does not play a role in setting any conditions.

“If what I have communicated has caused any discomfort, I apologize to everyone. From now on I will be more careful when speaking,” Mr Bhummikitti concluded.

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Christy Sweet | 28 June 2021 - 11:32:45

Girls, John C?  People are procuring  minor females for sex? I  cannot agree that should be legal. Only adults (and that includes males)  should be engaged in prostitution. 

Christy Sweet | 28 June 2021 - 11:27:54

Which comment makes me a fool, John C? That prostitution should be decriminalized  or the PTA Pres, K. Bhummikitti's comment was foolish? Please elaborate on your slur a bit- if you can. 

JohnC | 28 June 2021 - 09:16:15

christysweet. You have removed all doubt.

JohnC | 28 June 2021 - 09:12:57

Very starnge statement to make considering that Thai working girls bring in more income and tourism than anything else this country has to offer. What are hotels going to do now if they can't charge a "joiner fee" to tourists bringing a local girl to their hotel? A disgusting practice that is done by most of the top end properties here. Their own version of a "bar fine".

johannesweber | 28 June 2021 - 08:50:53

Stupid idiots, they are going to ruin Thai tourism forever,they want now to dictate whom we can sleep with, what are they the church,nobdy likes this ***** and will not come here any more if these fools keep it up.

treasurefish | 27 June 2021 - 19:23:18

Never let a crisis go to waste, right? Good opportunity to vent his jealous rage at foreigners targeting Thai women. Too bad for him he couldn't pull it off since he sounds like a complete jacka--

Capricornball | 27 June 2021 - 13:14:59

Ahhh...another dose of utter nonsense from the unqualified buffoons behind the Phuket Cat Box plan.  When Captain Foot-in-the-mouth says "... it needs to be considered by relevant officials,” is really him looking out for his corrupt public official buddies, providing a new opportunity to fleece those dirty farang by imposing a "morality tax" on top of the standard prostitution ra...

Kurt | 26 June 2021 - 16:34:42

If Bhummikitti is really a central figure in the creation and deployment of the Phuket sandbox policy, than Phuket better pray Lord Bhudda, as a disaster is waiting to come up by 1 July  if such people have that backwarded  thinking about foreign tourist handling. Complete crazy. Who think he is to block Phuket's revival?

Kurt | 26 June 2021 - 16:18:06

@CaptainJack, Yes, a thai couple ( man+ woman) , not married, returned in BKK from German holidays ( family visit) and were 14 days in 1 room in quarantine recently. Not asked prove of marriage, as Thai many times not have a marriage certificate as they are not officially married. Marriage is a expensive happening in Thailand.  Yes, they had to pay for quarantine.

Christy Sweet | 26 June 2021 - 13:45:58

My translation of his opinion is those "hired to entertain" aka  prostitutes will  spread the virus. His remarks are not official declarations as he points out. Too bad sex for sale is criminalized and a foundation for corruption.

CaptainJack69 | 26 June 2021 - 12:41:29

Do Thai's also have to pay for a hotel? And stay in separate rooms if they don't have the right piece of paper? Even if they live together?

They wont be happy if they still have to quarantine while all the degenerate 'farang' sex tourists are sleeping with anything that moves.

This bafoon needs to keep his mouth shut.

Kurt | 26 June 2021 - 09:50:58

In western world are today many couples living together, having children without being married. To forbid their room sharing and visits of entertainment people ( prostitutes) is a idiot interference in private life.

Sandbar | 26 June 2021 - 05:00:14

I also think that further media statements coming from the PTA need to go through government scrutiny for accuracy and fact! This is the last thing Travellers need to be concerned about at this time! Amateur stuff!

Sandbar | 26 June 2021 - 04:24:48

I think the PTA President should keep his personal thoughts and opinions to himself, or look for another job with less public exposure!

Christy Sweet | 26 June 2021 - 00:00:25

'It is wise to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool, that to open it and remove all doubt." 

PJ | 25 June 2021 - 20:48:20

I can see “Dial a Wife” on Tinder etc doing really well.   

Fascinated | 25 June 2021 - 19:04:35

Good old 'misunderstandings; when shooting oneself in the foot. Another Pyongyang moment which should knock off about another 50 arrivals on 1 Jul- 250 anyone?

 

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