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Airport guard’s assault attempt on Chinese tourist worries Prayut

BANGKOK: PM Prayut has ordered quick confidence-building measures for Chinese tourists after a security guard’s attempted assault on a visitor at Don Mueang airport.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 1 October 2018, 09:47AM


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says authorities must control themselves. Photo: Bangkok Post / File

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says authorities must control themselves. Photo: Bangkok Post / File

The attempt to attack the Chinese tourist has added another worry for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as his government tries to restore confidence in visitors from China following the fatal boat accident in Phuket which left 47 tourists dead.

Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkumnerd said yesterday (Sept 30) that Gen Prayut had assigned the Tourism and Sports Ministry and other relevant agencies to quickly enact measures to build confidence for tourists from China after a video clip showed a security guard at Don Mueang airport trying to attack a Chinese tourist.

The video received widespread media attention in China.

The quarrel took place last Thursday (Sept 27) after the visitor was denied entry on the grounds that he could not show evidence that he would return to China after his trip to the kingdom. The apparent assault came after the tourist refused to enter a waiting room after he was denied entry. He later returned to China.

“Authorities at airports must control themselves and work in line with international standards. The airports are the first gateway to Thailand and those working there must be service-minded,” the spokesman quoted him as saying.

The Transport Ministry, which oversees airports, and Royal Thai Police Office, which handles the immigration process, need to work harder to facilitate all foreign visitors, including the Chinese, the prime minister added.

The prime minister offered an apology for the incident and will do so again in a letter to the tourist to be handed to the Chinese embassy in Thailand, the spokesman added. The tourist’s name was not revealed.

The latest incident came as Thailand is trying to contain damage to tourism after the fatal boat tragedy in July. The Phoenix sank off the Phuket coast, killing 47 Chinese tourists.

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Chinese arrivals fell 12% month-on-month in August from 983,212 to 867,461, figures of the Tourism and Sports Ministry show. But the total number of tourists from China still grew 16% to 7.7 million from January to August over the same period a year earlier.

The prime minister was concerned that the attempted assault would exacerbate the declining confidence of Chinese people planning to come to Thailand, the spokesman said.

The security guard at Don Mueang was suspended from duty and Airports of Thailand Plc plans to terminate his employment. His name was not provided.

Don Meuang general manager Gp Capt Suteerawat Suwnnawat and the airport security chief have been suspended from work for 30 days.

Thailand is the favourite overseas destination for the Chinese, although the country dropped to second – after Japan – this year in a Hotels.com survey on countries they feel the most welcome in.

The survey was conducted before the boat tragedy in Phuket.

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BenPendejo | 01 October 2018 - 13:30:07

I think Thailand needs to face the music...their handling of the entire tourist sector is a mess. From no lifeguards on its dangerous beaches, incompetent marine safety programs and leadership, to trash and filthy wastewater pumping into the sea, to deadly roads, to miserable public transport people, to a major lack in overall politeness and customer service, and a shameful police force.

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