Tourist security placed high on Thailand Tourism agenda

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The Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Suraphon Svetasreni announced that currently “tourist safety and security is high on the national agenda”, especially as Thailand is moving towards the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). He further appreciated the Thailand Tourism Marketing Safety and Security Forum held on 14 November, 2013 by the Thai stakeholders in organising the two-part discussion which led to findings in the form of a written declaration submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS).

“On the public sector front, we are already providing tourist assistance through the TAT Call Centre 1672, Tourist Police Hotline 1155, and tourist courts in key Thai destinations.” He added.

In September 2013, Thailand opened the first tourist court in Pattaya, second in Phuket and planning to open similar courts in Bangkok, Ko Samui and other major tourist cities in the near future. These courts will provide justice to local and foreign tourists for unfair practices of scams, thefts, conflicts, and accidents.