Pattaya-area authorities arrested seven managers or owners of hotels operating without a license.
Banglamung District Chief Naris Niramaiwong led a squad of Pattaya, Tourist and Immigration police as well as soldiers in the April 26 operation, the first of two days of raids on 10 suspected illegal guesthouses.
The illegal resorts, seven of which are foreign-owned, were ordered to secure the proper permits and licenses to operate as hotels. City officials said the rest of their paperwork was in order and, thus, they will be allowed to continue operating as usual while they apply for licenses.
Should the permits be denied – or should the owners refuse to apply for one – court orders will be sought to shut down the accommodations providers.
Raided were the Central Residence on Second Road, E-Outfitting Boutique Hotel on Soi 8, the Boutique City Hotel and the Le Viman Resort. Also raided was the Cocko Resort, the Jomtien Thani Hotel on Jomtien Beach Road and Atlantis Condo on Jomtien Second Road The raids came after authorities broke up a sex party at a Chinese-owned Pattaya hotel that had been operating illegally for five years.