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Small hotels call to expedite law changes to make them legal

Small hotels call to expedite law changes to make them legal

PHUKET: A delegation of tourism industry leaders visited Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday (Apr 24) to appeal for his office to expedite the new rules now approved by Cabinet that will allow many small hotels to legally operate.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 25 April 2023, 02:18PM

Leading the delegation was Wirintra Paphakityotphat, Chair of the Tourism Council of Thailand Region 11 branch.

Ms Wirintra in January spearheaded the delegation that submitted a formal request to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha calling for the national government to take action to help the tourism industry in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi to recover.

Ms Wirintra explained yesterday that the formal request for the Governor to expedite the implementation of new rules that will allow many small hotels to open followed the Kathu District Chief warning small hotel operators that they were still required to operate under the old rules.

Failure to comply with the regulations still in effect could invoke legal action, the small hotel operators were warned.

Ms Wirintra yesterday pointed out that three major revisions of existing laws that will allow many small hotel operators to legally open had been approved by two sessions of Cabinet, on Mar 7 and on Mar 14.

The revised regulations are to come into effect on publication in the Royal Gazette, she said. However, they still had yet to happen, she noted.

Under the revised regulations, small hotel operators may not open for business unless they have first been successfully registered with the Governor of Phuket, Ms Wirintra noted.

No details had been announced of how that may be accomplished, she added.

Ms Wirintra pointed out that small hotels would play a vital role in the country accommodating the 28 million international tourists targetted for 2023. Without small hotels, achieving the target would present difficulties, she added.

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According to an official report of the meeting, Governor Narong said he would proceed with the relevant actions.

See previous stories:

Safety warning over new hotel rules
Tuesday 6 September 2022, 10:30AM

Small hotels continue plea for help to re-open
Thursday 25 August 2022, 09:00AM

Phuket small hotel operators are getting assistance, report officials
Monday 18 July 2022, 04:55PM

Boutique hotels in Patong appeal for help
Wednesday 13 July 2022, 11:16AM

Phuket boutique hotel operators plea for amnesty extension
Thursday 19 August 2021, 12:14PM

Small hotels set to legalise ventures
Saturday 22 June 2019, 09:01AM

Small Phuket hotels feeling the pinch
Saturday 9 May 2015, 12:27PM

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Kakka2 | 28 April 2023 - 08:00:32

so if i have an illegal business in LOS i won't have to pay any fine and i actually can go to see the little narong and ask to turn my business legal..all under the sun and even in the news...make perfectly sense yeah... far west to say the least ...

Prab | 27 April 2023 - 20:15:43

ok so build an illegal hotel first, make money before covid and now go for legalise your illegal business.. well sound so good, the real land of smile and opportunity... so basically is pointles to follow the law here as you can always change it to your mean.. welcome to Thailand.03...or pay your way and here you are...do whatever you want in this jungle...pay find your way around it...TIT 


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