Tourism and Sports Ministry undersecretary Pongphanu Sawetroon said the World Economic Forum ranks Thailand 130th on a list of 141 nations for safety and security at tourist attractions.
That prompted the ministry to hold a meeting with the Tourist Police and other agencies to set guidelines for establishing safety and security measures for tourists.
Two provinces, namely Krabi and Chiang Mai, will be pilot areas where the safety and security measures will be taken. The governor of each province will integrate efforts of all agencies to solve the problems about tourist safety within two months so that other provinces throughout the country will follow suit at a later date.
The authorities are expected to see Thailand rank up on the World Economic Forum chart within one year, given the stepped-up measures for tourist safety.