The Thai government has established a series of four sub-committees to ensure the safety of tourists in the country. The new committees will manage cases in which tourists are taken advantage of, as well as developing solutions for tackling tourist safety problems. The move is intended to ensure the safety of tourists and boost the country’s reputation among visitors. The committees will work with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ministry of Tourism & Sports.
The four new sub-committees are: the Sub-committee on Travel Services, the Sub-committee on Field Survey Information, focusing on tourist destinations such as Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Surat Thani, and Songkhla, the Sub-committee on Tourist Services provided by public and private agencies, and the the Sub-committee for the Administration of the Bangkok Area.
A joint effort by the Ministry of Tourism & Sports and the TAT will also introduce initiatives to safeguard tourists against scams. It will include communicating with tourists via posters and billboards as well offering tourist service centres to provide assistance to visitors, receive complaints, respond to queries and collect feedback.
The new service centres will be at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and popular tourist destinations including Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya.