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Pattaya shamed into action on safety and scams after German TV show exposes Thailand

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Pattaya shamed into action on safety and scams after German TV show exposes Thailand | Samui Times

Pattaya can expect a greater police presence – at least in the coming days and weeks – after a German TV show exposing scams and lack of safety in Thailand prompted the Thais to take action. 

Pattaya shamed into action on safety and scams after German TV show exposes Thailand | News by Samui Times

It was noted that scams abound in Pattaya a well-visited resort where in recent weeks there has been a large number of snatch thefts. Manager had pictures of Russian tourists with children who had been robbed.  The German TV show “Achtung Abzokc” (look out for rip-offs) pulled no punches in pointing the finger at Thailand. This prompted the upper echelons of government – the Interior Ministry – to order Pattaya officials to get serious on crime and scams against the resort’s 10 million annual foireign tourists. Deputy mayor Ronnakit Ekkasingh jumped to the call of the interior ministry’s beat. He immediately called a meeting demanding action. Present were tourism officials from the Pattaya TAT and Chonburi representatives of the tourism ministry and the local chamber of commerce.  They were joined by the tourist police and regular police from all four of the stations in the Pattaya area – Pattaya police, Bang Lamung, Na Jomtien and Huay Yai. Immigration’s presence was also demanded. 

Among the observations at the gathering was the feeling that there had been a considerable loss of face concerning the continuing plans for the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor), indicated Manager.  This is a plan that aims to promote the eastern seaboard and Pattaya in particular as a fine tourist destination for both domestic and international tourism alike.  Pattaya also wants to attract families and the bad press is hardly likely to do that. Pattaya can expect more police on the streets between 10 pm and 4 am from today and through the tourist season.  CTTV is also being reviewed.  Many in Pattaya will be asking themselves why it takes foreign media to highlight issues in the city that have been known for years, notes Thaivisa.  And why such issues as scams and safety for tourists can’t be solved by local action without the need for foreign prompting.  

Thai Visa /  Manager Online

Pattaya shamed into action on safety and scams after German TV show exposes Thailand | News by Samui Times
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