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Chinese Consul General meets Phuket Governor to discuss tourist safety

Chinese Consul General meets Phuket Governor to discuss tourist safety

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana welcomed the Chinese Consul General in Songkhla, Ma Fengchun, at Phuket Provincial Hall today (Apr 24) to discuss the safety and promotion of Chinese tourism on the island.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 24 April 2019, 07:04PM

Mr Ma said, “The purpose of my visit to Phuket is first to improve Chinese-Thai relations and second to discuss ideas on how to improve the safety of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand.

“I went to Krabi and Phang Nga on Monday and Tuesday and met with representatives of the two provinces for similar discussions as the region is very popular among Chinese tourists.

“I am very happy to hear that the Thai government has made the safety of Chinese tourists a priority and I will be sure to relay that information back to China,” he said.

“The Chinese government have produced a video that helps promote Thailand as a tourist destination and provides information on safety while there,” he added.

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Gov Phakaphong said at the meeting, “Phuket is a world-famous island with beautiful nature. We pay close attention to the safety of tourists, particularly those who travel to the islands by sea. We are fully prepared to service tourists that visit the island.

“We have 160 international flights per day and 160 domestic flights per day,” he said.

“We have about 100,000 hotel rooms and many meeting rooms. This year Thailand chaired the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok and several ministerial meetings were held in Phuket, which we are very proud of,” the governor noted.

The Thai government and Phuket officials in particiular launched a safety and public-relations offensive to restore tourists' confidence after the Phoenix tour boat disaster in July saw the boat capsize off Phuket in a storm, killing 47 Chinese tourists. (See story here.)

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Kurt | 25 April 2019 - 11:53:30

It's a carousel. Chinese (semi) diplomats feel they must see this Phuket Governor regularly to remind him about safety of chinese tourists to make sure the Governor not forget that. They know well that present safety is same as before, just 'luck'. Sure there is some safety window dressing, but that is all show. Nothing has changed. Sometimes just a day  'press show'.

Rorri_2 | 25 April 2019 - 05:42:08

"“I am very happy to hear that the Thai government has made the safety of Chinese tourists a priority and I will be sure to relay that information back to China,” he said," be careful of any Thai "priorities." There was a Chinese Consul, a few years ago, that was so good, demanding safety, and threatening to stop tourist, the Thais had him removed.

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