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The Ministry of Tourism & Sports Phuket office has issued a warning to tour companies and taxi drivers that they will be fined up to B500,000 if it is found they take tourists to buy unwanted tour packages.
The announcement came following a meeting held between Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongthada; Ministry of Tourism & Sports Phuket Director Santi Pawai and Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office yesterday (Nov 2).
The meeting was held after it was found that on Oct 31 a Thai woman and her foreign boyfriend had taken a taxi from Phuket International Airport to go to Patong, during the journey the driver, Muhammad Arabi Musorthey, stopped at a tour operator in Cherng Talay.
It is alleged that Mr Muhammad, who operates for the Airport Limousine and Business Service Co Ltd based at the airport, told his passengers that he had stopped to register that he had started his work shift.
However, after a short time another man came out and tried to sell the passengers tour packages.
After refusing to buy the packages, the two passengers removed their luggage from the taxi and decided to find alternative transport to get them to Patong.