Crackdown looms as 60% of Pattaya hotels deemed illegal

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About 60 percent of Pattaya’s hotels and guesthouses are operating illegally, with government officials about to launch a crackdown to either bring them into compliance or shut them down.

Anawat Burapachon, a civil engineer with the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and the Interior Ministry.
Anawat Burapachon, a civil engineer with the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and the Interior Ministry.

Speaking at the Sept. 14 Pattaya Business & Tourism Association meeting at the Grand Sole Hotel, President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn estimated only 40 percent of Pattaya’s approximately 2,600 accommodations providers are legally registered and meet standards for safety and hospitality.

The Cabinet on Aug. 19 enacted new rules requiring illegal hotels nationwide to meet legal registration requirements within five years or be closed. Sinchai said the PBTA will now work with law enforcement and city officials to begin inspecting all lodging providers and ensure they are legally registered.

Anawat Burapachon, a civil engineer with the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and the Interior Ministry, told the PBTA that, historically, the cost and strictness of legal hotel building codes and licensing was too high for some entrepreneurs. But rather than find another business venture, many entrepreneurs simply ignored the law and opened anyway.

As is so often the case in Thailand, the laws were not enforced and illegal hotels and guesthouses flourished, soon comprising the majority of accommodations providers in tourist towns like Pattaya.

In addition to offering lower quality of facilities and service that damaged Thailand’s tourism reputation, these second-rate inns also fail to meet safety requirements, such as having proper fire-escape routes and locations too close to the street.

Anawat said the current government has recognized the problem and is making an effort to tackle it.

Sinchai said the association will soon begin reaching out to Pattaya businesses to inform them of the new regulations and push them to bring their facilities into compliance with the law.

  • Don Aleman

    5, ( five ), year stay of execution ?

    • Ted Partridge

      exactly..just coincidentally,under height balustrades for high flying sky diving into the pool stories below scary ,what i have seen repeatedly

  • Prakhonchai Nick

    Why 5 years to remedy things. 6 months would be sufficient.

  • pattaya_bob

    60% of officials have too much time on their hands…

  • Robert

    Gentlemen, wake up! They want the tourist money more than they care about safety. They also need time to construct yet more hotels. Many of the lower end tourists will be frozen out when this happens actually, but that is fine with me as well. Those who have been around a while will remember: Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel and it’s serious and death causing fire. This was in 1997 long before sprinkler systems were installed. They know the problem, but have conveniently avoided addressing it for 20 years.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/hotel-blamed-as-fire-kills-78-at-thai-beach-resort-1250217.html