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Thai tourist police in successful crackdown


Thousands of prosecutions across Thailand reported

It’s long been one of our favourite overseas destinations, but Australian travellers now have even more reason to head to Thailand for their next holiday. 

 

Bangkok, Thailand

 

As it looks to maximise security for visitors to Thailand, the Thailand Tourist Police Bureau has released promising statistics on its crackdown on illegal activities in the country. 

 

Presented to Tourism and Sports Minister H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, the report shows that from January to October 2018, police throughout Thailand successfully prosecuted 6,333 cases involving unlicensed tour operators, 9,533 cases of crimes against tourists, and nearly 18,000 cases relating to taxi driver misdemeanours. 

 

There have also been arrests and prosecutions involving illegal tour guides (1,581 cases), drugs at tourist attractions (1,406 cases), “sitting” tour guides who let unlicensed foreign guides operate on their behalf (390 cases) and organised crime syndicates and “influential persons” illegally carrying weapons in tourist attractions (161 cases). 

 

On a smaller scale, there were 35 cases of illegal establishments as well as 26 cases of scams cheating tourists “to buy low quality products and services at high prices”.

 

“The Tourist Police has also assured that this vigorous crackdown will remain in place nationwide all throughout 2019 in order to ensure that all visitors have a safe and comfortable stay in Thailand,” the Tourism Authority of Thailand said in a statement.

 

Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 9 January 2019


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