Pattaya plans more talk to resolve jet ski crisis

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Pattaya officials plan to call yet another meeting with jet ski operators to try and resolve the embarrassing, long-running stream of scams and rip-offs marring the city’s image.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presided over a July 25 meeting with the Consumer Protection Police Division and representatives of the Consumer Union. Pattaya Permanent Secretary Pakorn Sukhonthachat said the future meeting with jet ski operators again would be aimed at registering jet ski vendors and deciding on regulations to govern them.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presides over a meeting with the Consumer Protection Police Division and representatives of the Consumer Union. Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presides over a meeting with the Consumer Protection Police Division and representatives of the Consumer Union.

No date was announced for the meeting, which would be the fourth of its kind in the past 18 months. None of the previous sessions have reached the goal of either registering all the vendors or setting any sort of new regulation.

Nonetheless, Pakorn joined the long string of public officials to wring their hands and agree that the extortion, violence and theft perpetrated by a number of jet ski operators was a black mark on the city’s image and bad for tourists.

He pledged that with more talk, things surely must work themselves out.