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  • Phuket Opinion: Slicing up Thailand’s cash cow

    Phuket Opinion: Slicing up Thailand’s cash cow

    PHUKET: Reports of government plans to raise both arrival and departure taxes on foreign tourists reflect an almost complete lack of cohesion on tourism policy by government officials, and fly in the face of previous pronouncements that Thailand stands at the ready to become the “tourism hub” of the Asean region. The proposed increases, a 100-baht hike in airport departure tax on international flights and a 500-baht “arrival” tax to help cover the costs of treating uninsured foreign tourists, need to be evaluated independently. The fact that they were put forward in the same week by different government ministries is likely to reinforce the perception abroad that Thailand’s reputation for hospitality is becoming increasingly eroded by greed and over-dependence on its premier cash cow: the tourism industry.

  • Phuket Top Cop demands tuk-tuks and taxis give up Patong parking spots

    Phuket Top Cop demands tuk-tuks and taxis give up Patong parking spots

    PHUKET: Phuket’s top cop promised yesterday to push tuk-tuks and taxis off of some of their regular patches, including Patong beach road, in order to create parking spots for the general public. “We’ll have new parking zones set up in two weeks,” he said. Police called in the heads of every taxi stand, as well as the people who lend drivers parking places, to make it clear that tuk-tuk and taxi drivers could not take up entire streets waiting for customers.

  • Top cop warns new officers over bribes, extortion

    Top cop warns new officers over bribes, extortion

    PHUKET: Phuket’s new top cop warned the island’s police reinforcements that swift disciplinary action will be taken and criminal charges will be levied against them if they go crooked. “The most important thing is to not use your career to benefit your own pocket,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Ong-art Phiwruangnont told the 97 recruits, all recent graduates of the police academy. “If you accept bribes or extort people, or do anything else illegal for financial gain, you will face not only disciplinary, but also criminal charges,” Maj Gen Ong-art said.

  • Phuket taxi driver killer turns himself in

    Phuket taxi driver killer turns himself in

    PHUKET: The man who fatally stabbed a Karon taxi driver in Samkong early yesterday morning turned himself in today.

  • UK backs cross-cultural negotiation education for Phuket government officials

    UK backs cross-cultural negotiation education for Phuket government officials

    PHUKET: High-ranking local government officers in Phuket will start an English language and cross-cultural negotiation course this month as part of the ongoing cooperation between the United Kingdom and Thailand, said British Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent. The announcement of the course came after a closed-door meeting between Amb Kent and Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut yesterday afternoon.

  • New gun, security guard laws aim to improve tourist safety

    New gun, security guard laws aim to improve tourist safety

    PHUKET: Gun owners with permission to carry their weapons in public may no longer do so in tourist areas, it was announced on Tuesday. The order issued by the Royal Thai Police applies nationwide and is part of an ongoing effort to improve tourist safety.

  • Phuket taxi driver’s feud leads to fatal stabbing

    Phuket taxi driver’s feud leads to fatal stabbing

    PHUKET: A Karon taxi driver was stabbed to death early this morning by a neighbor he was feuding with.

  • Russian found dead in Phuket resort pool

    Russian found dead in Phuket resort pool

    PHUKET: A 38-year-old Russian man was found dead in a Phuket resort swimming pool early this morning. Royal Crown Hotel & Palm Spa Resort staffers informed Patong police of the death at 4:30am.

  • Jet-ski operators sorted out ahead of Phuket’s high season

    Jet-ski operators sorted out ahead of Phuket’s high season

    PHUKET: Governor Maitri Inthusut stepped out onto the sand yesterday to inspect Patong Beach jet-ski operators. As the island gears up for an increased number of tourists during the high season, the governor made it clear that jet-ski safety was of utmost importance

  • Phuket airport taxi collides with tipsy motorbiker

    Phuket airport taxi collides with tipsy motorbiker

    PHUKET: An airport taxi driver rushing to pick up a tourist at the airport collided with an inebriated motorbike driver in Thalang yesterday. The man on the motorbike suffered minor injuries. The taxi driver, Wattana Patan, 36, told police that he was en route to the airport and saw the motorbike riding in the left lane on the Cherng Thalay-Baan Don Road, said Lt Chatree Chuwichian of the Thalang Police.