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Phuket hoteliers petition against 92,000 illegal hotel rooms

Dr Kritsada Tonsakul, who heads the Phuket-based Southern Thailand chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, yesterdy (Dec 28) led a delegation of tourism and hospitality leaders in filing a petition calling for the government to take action against an estimated 92,000 illegal hotel rooms in Phuket.

Dr Krisada handed the petition in person to Phuket Vice Governor Dr Prajied Aksornthammakul, Phuket Provincial Hall.

“About 70 per cent of the hotels in Phuket are illegal,” Dr Kritsada said. “Almost all of them offer daily-rate accommodation. Some have applied to register, but others have not.”

“If they do not register their own businesses, that will have negative consequence in several ways, especially the economic effect on the general tourism industry of three and four-star hotels.

“It also creates problems reporting their guests to immigration,” he added.

Global online booking giant Agoda currently touts that it accepts bookings for 2,381 accommodation establishments in Phuket.

However, as recently as September, Anoma Vongyai, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT Phuket office, cited that Phuket has 93,750 rooms in 1,800 hotels – of which only 376 venues were registered.

Phuket News

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