The Thailand Tourism Board is teaming up with the Department of Land and Maritime Transportation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to improve tourism security standards throughout the country, ITIJ reported.
Safety standards for tourist buses will be introduced in April of this year. According to the vice-president of the tourism council, Vasuchet Sofonsatien, during the year at least 1,000 of the 15,000 tourist buses across the country should be brought to them. In addition to the condition of the vehicles themselves, it is necessary that drivers receive training in the field of tourism services and spend a limited number of hours behind the wheel.
Vauchet, who is also the president of the Association of Transportation Operators of Thailand, added that certified tourist coaches will receive a security standard logo. After the tragedy in 2018, when the boat carrying Chinese tourists rolled over not far from Phuket Island, which led to a large number of casualties, the requirements for the safety of tourist vessels became tougher.
The members of the tourism council are working closely with the marine department of Thailand and local tour operators in search of illegal tourist boats and unlicensed captains.
On beach destinations, including Pattaya, Phuket and Krabi, hundreds of arrests were made. Vasuchet said that by the end of this year, standards for tourist boats will also be launched, which include providing boat operators with GPS devices and GPS tracking bracelets for their passengers.