BANGKOK, Oct 18 – Thailand’s tourist police have been given six months to speak fluent English as the kingdom is widely opening its doors to foreign visitors as part of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
Pol Gen Vudh Liptapanlop, a senior National Police officer, said the AEC will increase the number of tourists to Thailand to at least 28 million each year and generate an annual revenue of Bt2 trillion for the country.
He said the tourist police have played a significant role in relation to stability, economy, social and cultural affairs in the Southeast Asian region.
Pol Gen Vudh opened a seminar Wednesday to prepare Thai officials, particularly tourist police, for many more tourist arrivals from elsewhere in Southeast Asia in the next few years.
Members of the Tourism Business Association also joined the seminar.