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Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in Bangsaen to close in early 2002

He said she said, you decide

Dear Pattaya Mail,

Quite some time ago I wrote to the Pattaya Mail concerning an article published in May headed Boyztown buzzes over “pink baht scam”.

In this article the Pattaya Mail made allegations attributed to Gordon May that I had been investigated for attempted murder and that I had defrauded companies in the UK out of 300,000 pounds sterling which I brought to Thailand to invest.

It is a matter of record confirmed by the British Embassy and the UK Police that there is “nothing to my detriment” in the UK. The monies brought were the proceeds of sales of businesses in the UK, of which I was the sole director and shareholder. The sales receipts will be available this week as I have contacted both legal firms which acted for me in these transactions. Both these law firms are well respected in the UK.

The Pattaya Mail also printed a spurious report this week purporting to be an account of proceedings in Pattaya Court in a case which I claim I was set up with 100 methamphetamines.

It was spurious in so far as the reporter did not stay to cover the cross examination of the police inspector who crumbled, suffered a severe lack of memory, and was speechless when caught on the arrest video talking about the wealthy position in life he was now in.

The Pattaya Mail also claimed, “The court failed to accept most of what was submitted as evidence”. The only evidence not accepted were a few cartons of cigarettes brought along for demonstration purposes. (They were not accepted as they were not the original cartons.)

The Pattaya Mail also claimed I registered criminal charges against Gordon May and James Lumsden. This again is not true. These charges were brought by Pattaya Police after a thorough investigation.

Nor has the Pattaya Mail reported that the police have set up a committee of enquiry to look into allegations in my case.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Quill

Dear Sir,

Referring to your article in the Pattaya Mail on Friday 10 August 2001 headlined “Kevin Quill Back in Court” followed with “Arrest warrants issued for Gordon May and Jim Lumsden”, to be fair to me I would like Pattaya Mail to publish the following:

There was no need for the warrant of arrest against me because I had reported to the police before they came to me and yes, I posted bail of 500,000 baht as reported. What you missed was that, following Mr. Quill registering a criminal charge against me of misappropriation, I immediately filed a criminal charge against Mr. Quill of False Accusation with the Pattaya Court on 22 May 2001 and the preliminary hearing was on 2 August 2001, which you, intentionally or not, failed to report. This case is now pending.

You will probably remember that on 20 May 2001 the Bangkok Post published in its Perspective that I stripped Quill’s assets including his Mercedes. The Mercedes was requested by Quill to be purchased under my name with a Hire Purchase Agreement, for which I am fully responsible, including all risks and the installment payments. However, prior to the article in the Bangkok Post, I returned the car to Quill on 16 May 2001 on which date he promised that he would change the purchaser from me to his lawyer. Until now, though he is in possession of the car, the name of the purchaser has never been changed and I retain all risks and therefore have had to ask my lawyer to demand that he comply with his promise.

Jim Lumsden

Editor’s note: These letters are obviously cases of “selective” reading - when a person only “sees” what he or she is preprogrammed to believe. All the items in question were thoroughly covered in our previous two articles (Vol. IX No. 21 May 25, 2001 and Vol. IX No. 32 August 10, 2001). We invite anyone with the inclination to refer to those two articles and decide for themselves. Also, Mr. Quill’s assertion that he didn’t register charges against May and Lumsden is false. Pattaya police don’t “automatically” investigate a business conflict; someone has to file a complaint first before they will act on it. The official police log of 16 May 2001 clearly details that Kevin Quill registered his charges with the Pattaya police officer on duty, Police Captain Noraseth Tanrattana at 17:30 hrs.

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You say your paper, which I find very interesting and informative, is updated every Friday. However, this website has the same stories for over a month now. Why is that?

Sincerely Yours,


Editor’s reply: Since this is a quite common email we receive about our website, we thought we might publicize the problem and its solutions. What often happens with our online readers that experience this problem is that they have “bookmarked” a particular front page (i.e. issue #402). Every time they click on their “bookmark” it takes them to that particular front page, and not the most current issue. If this is the case, try clicking on the “index” button towards the bottom left of the “front page”. This will take you to the index page, and on that page will be an arrow pointing to the most current issue. Click on that link and you are there. If you do like to use the bookmark feature, the index page would be the one to bookmark. If the above doesn’t work (although it should), try typing into the address bar of your web browser. That should take you to the index page.

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Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in Bangsaen to close in early 2002


I am writing to you to express my concern and the concerns of many other people within the hospitality and tourism industry concerning the planned closure of the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, Tourism Authority of Thailand, located in Bangsaen.

During 2000, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pradech Phayakvichienit announced that he had ordered the closure of the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, and that there would be no students accepted in the school year 2001, leaving only the 2nd year students to complete their final year. By the middle of 2002, the institute will close down.

The staff of HTTI was informed about this decision during the course of 2000 and were told that they would be relocated in TAT offices in Bangkok and elsewhere. The reasons for the closure of this institute have been explained to the staff of the institute but not fully to outside interests. It is difficult to comprehend this decision, as HTTI is the only hospitality training institute within the kingdom which provides training at basic practical skills levels and these are the skills which are required by the hospitality industry.

One reason given at a recent meeting for members of the TAT staff union was that there were sufficient universities and colleges throughout the kingdom offering hospitality training; also the curriculum of HTTI was not fully covered by the Ministry of Education and thus did not qualify for a Ministry of Education budget.

The Hotel and Tourism Training Institute was established some 20 years ago with the support and assistance of the ILO and UNDP, with the mission statement being, to train workers in the tourism and hospitality industry at basic skills levels in the 4 main department of hotel operations, and tour guides. Most of the students that have been or are currently enrolled at HTTI come from families who are in the lower income bracket, and as such cannot afford to send their children to other more expensive private institutes, which do not offer the same quality training as HTTI.

The universities and colleges throughout Thailand that offer courses, either in certificate or degree programs in hospitality and tourism training do not offer the same level of practical training as that offered by HTTI. The problem with these university programs is that they are directed at middle management level, with little or no practical training being provided to their students, and as such they naturally lack the hands on experience to work within the industry that prospective employers are looking for.

Over the years HTTI has built a solid reputation both nationally and internationally for producing good quality students, who are fully equipped for immediate employment within the hospitality industry at basic skills level.

Some examples of the international reputation that HTTI has is seen that HTTI is an executive committee and founding member of APETIT (Asia-Pacific Education Training Institutes in Tourism) an international organization set up under UN-ESCAP and currently has over 140 members from hospitality training institutes representing major universities and hospitality training institutes throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, China, New Zealand and the major universities with Thailand. HTTI is also a member of the advisory panel for ME-CATS, involving the European Union and the Institute of Tourism Education Macao. These are prestigious organizations that recognize the quality, importance and contributions HTTI has made to tourism training in - not just the kingdom but within the region as a whole.

This reputation is such that there are presently 9 students from the kitchen department of HTTI on a 12 month practical training program which has been arranged and conducted by the Savoy Hotel - London, one of the leading hotels of Europe. In addition, 2 students are also currently in Australia on a similar training program. The reaction from the private sector in this industry throughout the kingdom is akin to stunned disbelief concerning the decision by the governor to close HTTI. It was hoped that these programs would be ongoing - alas this will not happen.

Thailand, under the direction of the P.M. Thaksin, is aiming to promote and develop the tourism and service industries over the next 5 years, and encourage an additional 5 million tourists to its shores, as this brings a huge amount of tourist revenue.

As equally important is the fact is that there is an acute shortage of basic skilled workers within the hospitality sector. In fact, it has been strongly recommended that additional financial resources be provided to upgrade the teaching and training facilities and recruit suitably qualified instructors to cater for this forecast increased demand for basic level skilled workers. The prevailing attitude should be one of development and not one of shutting down valued resources. It has been proven that there is definitely a demand for hospitality training institutes such as the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. Not to mention the many jobless and unemployed persons who, when trained in the appropriate hospitality skills, could seek meaningful and long term employment in this growing and ever expanding and important industry.

Research has shown that university graduates who, upon completion of their 4 year degree programs, will not seek employment in the hospitality industry if they are required to wait on tables in hotel restaurants, cleaning bedroom toilets and making beds, nor are they going to work in hot kitchens preparing food. Their job expectations are for positions in middle or junior management, and when they discover that these jobs are unavailable to them, they do not pursue a career in this industry and seek employment elsewhere.

It is hoped that this approach to the future training of potential employees for the hospitality and tourism industry will not downgrade the quality of the many fine and reputable hotels and resorts throughout the kingdom.

The governor of TAT still has time to reverse this decision - in particular if there are enough voices expressing their disapproval at this closure.

Yours sincerely,

Michael A. Sharp

HTTI Specialist

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