Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Panlop Singhaseni yesterday said he has formed a committee to find a legal path to close 10 hotels in the resort town of Hua Hin that continue to operate in defiance of licensing laws.
The Online Travel Agent (OTA) system is the root of the problem, said Udom Srimahachota, vice-president of the Thai Hotels Association. Only 197 hotels in Hua Hin have proper licences while some OTA websites have posted 699 Hua Hin hotels for people to book daily-rented accommodation, said Udom.
Authorities should require the OTA post the hotels’ licence numbers in their ads, so that consumers could feel confident of the facilities' safety standards, said Udom. His group has urged Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn to crack down on illegal hotels in Hua Hin to prevent problems for tourists.
Following a May 15 complaint from provincial administrators accusing 10 hotels of forging state-issued documents, using the forged papers and illegally operating hotel businesses, the hotels have continued operating.
OFFICIALS STICK WITH
DEBT CAP AT 60% OF GDP
The State Monetary and Fiscal Policy Committee has decided to maintain Thailand’s public debt at no more than 60 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in its meeting on annual monetary and fiscal disciplines on Wednesday.
Chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the committee set the government debt at no more than 35 per cent of the estimated recurring revenue, and foreign currency-denominated public debt at no more than 10 per cent of the total public debt.
The foreign currency-denominated public debt is set at no more than 5 per cent of total income from the exports of products and services.
The budget for the government and state agencies’ principle repayment is set at no less than 2.5 per cent but no more than 3.5 per cent of annual expenditure budget, while the additional expenditure budget for emergency or necessary cases is set at no less than 2.0 per cent but no more than 3.5 per cent of the annual expenditure budget. – The Nation