Beach vendors given refresher on rules, need to be good hosts

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About 100 Pattaya and Jomtien beach vendors were given a refresher course on regulations and tourism policy during a city hall briefing.

Terasak Jatupong, director of the Peace and Security Maintenance Department, was joined by top Tourism Authority of Thailand and Pattaya regulatory enforcement officers April 7 to give an overview on rules and regulations related to beach chair and umbrella vendor organization, sanitation standards, legal rates for services and how to promote a good image for tourism.

Pattaya and Jomtien beach vendors receive a refresher course on regulations and tourism policy at city hall.

The officials said a recent spate of complaints and news reports about beach chair vendors exploiting or abusing tourists prompted city hall to hold another meeting with vendors before the Songkran holiday, when the city will see a large influx of visitors.

Authorities reviewed the work of regulatory officers and tried to raise awareness about the need to be good hosts and provide good service to give the city a good image.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said officers generally give verbal warnings to first offenses but they have been accused of being corrupt by competing vendors for not taking action against those who repeat violations. He insisted there was no corruption among the municipal police. (PR Pattaya City)