BANGKOK, 22 June 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand (MOTS) is trying to raise confidence in the tourism sector about the safety for tourists while the police are now pursuing the suspect killing an Australian tourist in Phuket two nights ago.
Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Suwat Sidthilaw and his deputy, Mrs. Thanitha Sawetsila Manichot, as well as Tourist Police commander Police Major-General Adisorn Ngamjitsuksri joined in a press conference to publicize a new campaign that aims at keeping tourists out of harm’s way.
The campaign will provide tourists with important tips and knowledge on how to avoid risks. Tourists are also encouraged to file complaints, if any, to a new Bureau of Tourist Assistance and Fraud Prevention which has just been set up by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
The police are now encouraging anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspects who killed the 60-year-old Australian woman in Phuket to come forward and inform the authorities. According to the police, the suspects were trying to steal a purse from the ill-fated woman, who fought back and was stabbed to death, while her friend was injured.
The MOTS explained that the new office will help raise tourists’ confidence in the safety level in Thailand and is also in response to the government’s plan to raise income from tourism to 2 trillion baht by 2015.
The new campaign is being implemented in 8 pilot sites frequented by tourists, namely Khao San road, floating markets in Ayutthaya province and Hua Hin district, Patong beach in Phuket, Santisuk market in Hat Yai, a ferry wharf on Samui Island, and walking streets in Pai district of Mae Hong Son and the central district of Chiang Mai. The campaign will be expanded to other destinations in the near future.
Police Major-General Adisorn also said that the tourist police will continue to step up safety for visitors to Thailand. A network of volunteers, who are taxi and tuk tuk drivers, have joined the police in helping to disseminate safety information to travelers.
He called on all sectors to put an effort into making it safe for tourists, which means collaborations to guarantee safety on food, belongings, lives and even to protect them from natural disasters, given that 70% of travelers are now traveling on their own.
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