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Tourism Minister presents Patong Bay Hill hotel COVID-prevention award

Tourism Minister presents Patong Bay Hill hotel COVID-prevention award

PHUKET: Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has presented the Patong Bay Hill Hotel an award for receiving the GBAC Star international hygiene standard certificate, issued to operators who uphold the highest standards of the outbreak prevention, response and recovery measures for facilities.

By The Phuket News

Friday 29 April 2022, 10:07AM

The GBAC STAR accreditation is issued by Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

The accreditation is considered the “gold standard of prepared facilities”. According to GBAC, the accreditation means that a facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimise risks associated with infectious agents.
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

The certificate was presented to the Patong Bay Hill Hotel at a ceremony led by Tourism Minister Phiphat at the Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra hotel in Phuket Town yesterday (Apr 28).

The award comes as the hotel has its White Lagoon nightlife venue ordered closed for 15 days since last Friday (Apr 22) for opening beyond the COVID-mandated closing time of 11pm.

At last report the hotel was also to face further administration punishment for breach of COVID-prevention regulations.

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The ceremony was also held to honour two other venues for receiving the GBAC Star accreditation: the Tiger Muay Thai in Chalong and Koh Yao Yai Village, on Koh Yao Yai island east of Phuket.

The awards are hoped to inspire Phuket business operators to improve their operations to international tourism standards and build confidence for tourists around the world, said Mr Phiphat.

“This is a commendable achievement and the ministry is ready to support further expansion in other areas,” he added.

Present at the ceremony was Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, who noted, “Although the crisis of the Phuket tourism situation caused by COVID-19 has begun to unfold, there is a need to adjust the development plan, focusing on the development of tourism with high potential in terms of nature, culture, and conference arrangements by requiring the confidence of tourists to be assessed as well.

“Therefore, this project will help raise the level of international hygiene standards development for business operators. Under the GBAC Star standard, we can show the province’s readiness to become a tourist destination with international standards to the world.”

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Kurt | 01 May 2022 - 11:09:47

A Thai minister coming from BKK down to Phuket for handing out a award to a hotel of which the owner is under DSI investigation for illegal, perhaps criminal activities, ( violating Covid laws, noise polluting, has it all by law required licenses? Legal hight location?)  Minister should avoid disputable doings or favouritism. It gives Thai space to corruption thinking/talks.

Capricornball | 30 April 2022 - 21:04:01

Sounds like Khun Jamstock is also on Khun Prab's payola roll

JohnC | 30 April 2022 - 09:39:14

The most hypocritical statement I have ever read. How can anyone take Thailand seriously when they do such blatantly dodgy BS as this. Shame shame LOS....

jamstock | 30 April 2022 - 08:41:13

Well deserved award. I went there a couple of times when it was open until early in the morning. Everyone there was practising social distancing and wearing masks.

Capricornball | 29 April 2022 - 16:34:59

Wonder how much Vice Master Prab had to pay the Tourism Minister for those accolades. Everything involving Khun Prab just reeks of impropriety, including every hack lackey that takes his dirty money.  And also a valid quetsion from LOL...where is DSI, or are they already on Prab's payola roll? Truly the land of "0" integrity.

LaughingOutLoud | 29 April 2022 - 15:17:56

Is this new Department Of Special Investigations office being set yp here in Phuket going to investigate this garbage?  Or are they already in bed with Phuket governor mafia too?

megamind | 29 April 2022 - 14:11:58

my Gosh! What a joke! I'm disgusted..

CaptainJack69 | 29 April 2022 - 12:33:55

You couldn't make this stuff up. The minister for tourism for the entire country now appears to be in the pocket of Patong's infamous taxi mafia. Does the guy have any idea?

Fascinated | 29 April 2022 - 12:17:14

Amazing Thailand- one really can't make this stuff up! Totally disregards the fact that at the same time they were acting as a super-spreader. Just blatant arrogance. Stand by for the 'scion's' press conference bigging himself up.

punter | 29 April 2022 - 12:10:45

You can't make this kind of stuff up. Get closed for violating COVID rules and then a few days later receive an award for a COVID prevention award. Why am I not surprised.


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