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Tourism ministry launches certification for safe, quality operators

Tourism ministry launches certification for safe, quality operators

BANGKOK: The Tourism Department has introduced a standard called 4Q, aiming to encourage tourism-related entrepreneurs to upgrade services, become legitimate operators, charge fair prices and observe hygiene and safety.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 28 December 2016, 08:54AM


Providing safety for tourists is one of the criteria for the 4Q standard. Photo: Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai

Providing safety for tourists is one of the criteria for the 4Q standard. Photo: Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai

The agency expects more than 10,000 tourism-related entrepreneurs to register for evaluation under the standard during the first three months of the programme.

Companies that pass the evaluation will receive 4Q certification and be "white-listed" as quality tourism businesses. Subsequently, the list of companies will be distributed to all foreign offices of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, as well as to Thai embassies and the department's business contacts abroad.

Director-general Wanasiri Morakul said the department's mission in 2017 would be to focus on holding tourism businesses to a proper code of conduct.

Issued by the National Tourism Policy Committee led by Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, the new 4Q standard was passed to the department for implementation after instructions from Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.

The goal is to solicit some 10,000 tourism businesses to register for evaluation by the end of February.

Ms Wanasiri said 4Q is the basic foundation of all tourism standards and businesses can easily upgrade themselves to the next level, the internationally accepted Thailand Tourism Standards (TTS), in the future.

Tourism businesses with 4Q certification will also be given assistance by the department in terms of marketing as one of the benefits.

The 4Q standards focus on legitimate businesses, with fair product/service pricing and safety and security, to be in line with the government's tourism policy to create quality tourism.

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They include four points. Q1 is legitimacy, meaning a tourism business must be lawfully registered as a juristic person and must be licensed by the government to operate the registered business.

Q2 is fair pricing, meaning a tourism business must clearly display and commit to the price of offered goods and/or services. Q3 is hygiene, and Q4 is safety, meaning a tourism business must be certified for its safety in services.

Certain types of tourism-related businesses eligible for the 4Q standards include those dealing with tourism-related goods and services such as souvenir shops, spas and amusement parks.

Other types of businesses include restaurants, transport providers and department-certified tour agencies.

Interested tourism entrepreneurs can apply for evaluation through the department's website or in person at provincial tourism and sports offices in all provinces.

Businesses that pass the evaluation will receive the right to use the 4Q tourism standard emblem, and be awarded a certificate with the condition for annual quality checks and a biannual renewal.

Ms Wanasiri said TTS is based on tourism activities such as tour planning, transport, accommodation, food, entertainment, shopping, tourist attractions and Asean standards.

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swerv | 29 December 2016 - 15:01:41

Kurt:  What has \" Thai shareholders stuff\" got to do with corruption?

Kurt | 29 December 2016 - 12:44:24

Thailand should get rid of all these pre historical thai shareholders stuff.
It is good for nothing, just gives room for a lot of thai corruption and tea money affairs.
Where in the developed world do you find such laws/rules?
And for what purpose?

Inepto Cracy | 29 December 2016 - 11:30:23

I do wish sometimes that somebody could proof read these officials thoughts before they come up with catchy slogans.
4Q is a rude expression in english and should not be used to give the tourists a 4Q experience. 
They have been getting the 4Q treatment, for the last 10 years. 
So just call it a 4Q2 experience.

Asterix | 28 December 2016 - 11:42:42

THAI COMPANY
In a Thai majority company, Thai shareholders own 50% or more of the shares.

THAI COMPANY OWNING TRANSPORT BOAT(S)
In a Thai majority company, Thai shareholders own 70% or more of the shares.

PENALTIES: Unlike the previous Alien Business Law, the new Foreign Business Act provides for more severe criminal penalties. Any foreigner who operates a business excluded to foreigners b...

Asterix | 28 December 2016 - 10:36:12

Many tourists are in the hands of touts, taxis, illegal guides and illegal tourism businesses which are competiting unfairly with legally registered businesses.
The first step to improve the tourism industry would be to crackdown on illegal businesses with efficient tax audits and a crackdown on Thai nominees as Thai Directors, Thai share-holders and fictive Thai staff may help faster than we may...

Kurt | 28 December 2016 - 10:29:04

A great initiatve. Let's hope it works out well.
It need a lot of trained tourist department staff with the right mind setting and good training to start off to certify 10,000 tourist businesses in less than 2 months.
A lot of check ups + paperwork.
How much a 'entrepreneur' is going to pay for a Q4 certification, and how long is it valid?

Must, for example, the Q4 certificate be...

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