18 November 2009 – Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban said Patong municipality has been assigned by Phuket Governor Vichai Praisa-ngob to reorganise the beach since the province received complaint from tourists about over-priced commodity as well as messy tour desk and vendor stalls.
Some of vendor stalls have been removed. While some commercial spaces area arranged for entrepreneurs to bid for rental.
Deputy Mayor Chairat went down the area for inspection to remain commodity’s price under control. For tour desk issue, he said that the entrepreneurs has been authorized by the municipality to run their tour desk because they have contract and paid for rental already.