Pattaya outlines measures to upgrade tourist safety

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Local government officials and police met with hotel operators and business owners to outline ways Pattaya is trying to make the area safer for tourists.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho chaired the “Improve the Intensity of Local Tourism Safety” forum Oct. 13. The event was organized following the Sept. 15 murder of two British backpackers in Koh Tao to re-evaluate safety measures for tourists.

Following the killings, Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai ordered security improved in the province to ensure a Koh Tao-like tragedy doesn’t occur here. Among the changes outlined to business operators were: increased patrols, more police checkpoints, meetings between public officials and private-business operators, and adding lighting and CCTV cameras to high-risk areas.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho chairs the recent “Improve the Intensity of Local Tourism Safety” forum.Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho chairs the recent “Improve the Intensity of Local Tourism Safety” forum.

Also discussed was cooperation with local government organizations to state safety standards for tourism-area safety and shops, such as protecting tourist sites to prevent crime and create a good-host sense while offering convenience and initial relief to tourists. Training of community leaders will be offered to accomplish that goal.

Finally, authorities want the public to be more involved with creating a safer environment in Pattaya, Sakchai said.