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Phuket tourism chief in street publicity to restore tourism confidence

Phuket tourism chief in street publicity to restore tourism confidence

PHUKET: The island’s tourism and sports promotion boss hit the streets of Patong yesterday as part of the latest government publicity campaign to restore confidence among tourists.

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By Darawan Naknakhon

Sunday 10 May 2015, 12:29PM


Santi Pawai greets tourists in Patong.

Santi Pawai greets tourists in Patong.

Phuket Tourism and Sport office chief, Santi Pawai, was shadowed by local media as he greeted tourists on Bangla Rd, passing out maps and flyers containing information about safety protocol and grievances and complaint outlets for tourists in need.

The campaign is in line with the government’s policy to position Thailand as the “Tourism Capital of Asia” and target to raise B2.2 trillion in revenue from tourism this year.

Prior to the street campaign, the chief had earlier spoken at a booth at Jungceylon Shopping Centre, in which the chief promoted the Tourism Assistance Centre.

Though the TAC has an office at the Phuket Airport, tourists in need across the kingdom are advised to call the Bangkok office on 02-134-3077. 

Similar government-sponsored publicity events were held in 11 other key tourist centres across Thailand yesterday, including, Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui, and Chiang Mai, among them. 

Thailand’s tourism safety record has been the subject of frequent negative press in recent times, with persisting incidents, including scams, robberies, boat and bus accidents, rapes and other physical assaults on tourists.

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Meanwhile, many local tourist businesses are facing reduced bookings and income this low season. Story here.

 

 

 

 

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simon01 | 11 May 2015 - 15:01:08

Garbage.Only 2 days before the police were in the streets kicking dozens or tourists off their chairs down bangla road. Any tourist enjoying the evening air was kicked off the tables aff chairs. All high season when the street was busy all the bars and cafes had tables outside. Now martial law has ended and the police are now free to run riot again. The police are the worst enemy to phukets touris...

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