NLA tourism panel studies illegal tour guides in Pattaya

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Parliament’s tourism committee held a hearing in Pattaya to take on the issue of illegal tour guides.
Parliament’s tourism committee held a hearing in Pattaya to take on the issue of illegal tour guides.

Parliament’s tourism committee held a hearing in Pattaya to take on the issue of illegal tour guides.

Boonreung Polpanitch, chairperson of the National Legislative Assembly’s Religions, Arts and Cultures, and Tourism Committee, brought the Nov. 16 hearing to order with Chonburi Tourism and Sports Development Director Seree Jampaneng and Pattaya municipal police chief Maj. Gen. Jeerawat Sukontasap testifying.

The committee is looking at complaints in Pattaya, Chantaburi and Bangkok about foreigners running illegal tourism businesses, specifically Russian, Chinese and Indian nationals working as tour guides without licenses and, many times, without work permits.