Friday, February 24, 2012

Update/Thailand: Consuls Complain About Treatment of Tourists in Phuket

A number of the honorary consuls serving Phuket are scheduled to meet with Phuket's Governor on Monday (February 27) in an effort to address continuing complaints concerning the manner in which tourists are treated locally.

COMMENT: Additionally, within a matter of weeks Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet are due to meet to discuss tourism in Phuket. Hence, these preliminary discussions are key to laying the groundwork for issues that need to be addressed.

Some of the issue that need resolution include safe public transportation and fare-gouging by taxis and tuk-tuks [samlors]. Another matter to be discussed is the appreciation of the baht in terms of how far tourist dollars, euros, etc. actually go.

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