Deputy Prachuap Khiri Khan governor Pongphan Wichiansamut confirmed on Saturday that 10 Hua Hin hotels operating with fake hotel licences could be shut down.
The deputy governor said he had held a meeting with representatives from several agencies and officials affirmed that there were provisions to shut down the illegal hotels.
According to Pongphan, the Kiti Nanthakorn Hotel, the Royal Express, the Viravan @ Hua Hin, V Living Hua Hin, the Secret Garden Hua Hin, Citin Loft Hua Hin, Hillside Resort and Apartment, Pearl @ Hua Hin, Chivasai and Civasai Hua Hin were charged on May 15 with falsifying documents and using fake hotel licences.
Pongphan admitted that the 10 hotels were still operating because of complicated legal technicalities.
The deputy governor said the 10 hotels had obtained licences to operate residential places, not hotels but they had refused to shut down arguing that they had a licence to use the residential buildings.
As a result, Pongphan said officials had to be careful before taking action to order the operators to stop using the buildings.
Pongphan added that some owners of the 10 hotels said they did not know that their hotel licence was fake. He said two officials of the Hua Hin Municipality and Tambon Hin Lek Fai administration were facing probes over the fake licences.
Sources from the municipality and administration said the 10 hotels were ordered to submit a permit for using their building as hotels within a week or the authorities would shut down their buildings. The sources said records showed the buildings were allowed to be built as residential buildings, not as hotels with daily services.