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Thai PM meets with Phuket officials, consuls to discuss safety


The Thai PM has met with provincial officials, consuls, and vice-consuls in Phuket to discuss the safety and security of tourists and residents on the island.

The latest talkfest was held on the island during the Prime Minister’s fourth visit to Phuket since his election to the top job last year.

During the meeting with PM Srettha Thavisin, a number of measures were discussed, including the “Phuket Model”. This is a new model being developed by local authorities to enforce the law and improve the tourism experience.

The Phuket Model involves a number of measures, including improving the island’s record on road and marine accidents, strengthening fire safety, and enforcing the law that requires people who rent cars and motorbikes to hold valid driving licences (and an international driving permit).

A number of car and bike rental shops in Patong were recently visited by the national tourism police chief, who warned operators of the penalties faced by both businesses and tourists, in the event a vehicle is rented out to someone who doesn’t possess a valid licence.

Also discussed was the Bangla Road area of Patong and the need to wipe out activities and violence related to illegal narcotics. Following a spate of crime in the area, involving both Thai and foreign criminals, there are also plans to upgrade Patong Police Station and the Bangla Road police box.

The PM has recognised the progress made on the island so far, but emphasised the need for continuous improvement. He says maintaining national stability should take top priority over making a profit. Thavisin says implementation of the Phuket Model will ensure the island remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

The PM pointed out that a number of recent incidents involving foreigners on the island have gone viral, attracting negative attention. The most talked about is the case of the Swiss expat who allegedly kicked a Thai doctor as she sat on steps leading to his rented villa at Cape Yamu.

That case continues.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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