On September 8th, Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over a meeting of the committee to consider the ways or solutions to legalize the illegal hotels in Phuket and make them get hotel business licenses.
Now, there were 702 hotels in Phuket with 42,684 rooms. 273 of them or 38.89 per cent with 28,972 rooms were legal and got licenses already; however there were 429 hotels or 61.11 per cent with 13,712 rooms running their business illegally. The main reason that these hotels didn’t get a license was because it is a complicated process, including building control, access for disabled, environment & emergency rules and it costs a lot of money to get legalised.
Niwit concluded that he agreed with the Phuket Tourism Association to make these hotels legal and he had set up a committee to consider which hotels should be persuaded to enter the legalization process.