The Secretary of Tourism said “Phuket is the world-class tourism destination but Safety must come first”
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism & Sports, Sombat Kuruphan, opened the new Phuket Tourist Police Station, located on 327 Yaowaraj Rd., T.Taladyai, Muang, Phuket.
Sombat said “The Tourism Police Division is an important agency which is supervised by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Their mission is to responsibly facilitate the security of tourists, both Thai and foreign who visit Thailand. The tourism police perform their duties very well and have been entrusted by many travellers, especially foreigners. Now the Phuket Tourist Police Station situated in the hearth of Phuket Town, is easy to reach from al over the island and is ready to serve. This station has been built to bring confidence amongst tourists, both Thai and foreign.
Phuket is a particularly important province within the travel industry, as they have plenty of well known attractions and about 4-6 million tourist visit Phuket every year. The Phuket tourism industry generates revenue for Phuket and Thailand of approximately 90,000 – 110,000 million baht each year. Phuket people have an income from tourism businesses of about 20,600 Baht per person per year, which is significant revenue for the tourism industry in Thailand. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports realised safety is the most important factor with regards to the tourism situation; hence the Ministry allocating the budget to support the construction of the permanent tourism police station in Phuket, with the aim of optimising performance and gaining confidence with regards to providing care services, facilities and security for both Thai and foreign tourists. To build Phuket as a World Tourism Destination, there has to be the confidence to travel safely first.
Provinces in the Andaman area, especially Phuket, bring huge revenues from the tourism industry to Thailand. Phuket has a good trend in foreign tourists coming from Europe, Russia, China, East Asia, Malaysia and Singapore, this market is expected to grow by a further 7-10%, while the domestic market has already increased by 5%. The main reasons for the growth are the attractions, comfortable transportation, world-class accommodation and most importantly, excellent safety records. The Tourism Police provides their service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and also provide a Hot Line: 1155 to facilitate tourist.
Furthermore, at The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Forum in Thailand, the Thai Tourism Police were individually praised. They were said to be a good role model for other countries, who should apply similar services for tourists.
Moreover, in the future, the Ministry of Tourism and Sport and the Thai government will be promoting and developing tourism and sports activities in Phuket to a global market. This is already starting with the planned construction of an international conference center in Phuket and Phuket hosting the Asian Beach Games in 2014. We will have to continue developing the safety of travelers who travel to Phuket and attend sporting events.”