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Moves to protect tourists in Thailand discussed

The Nation/ANN | Monday, Sep 29, 2014

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul speaks to operators of tourism businesses on Koh Tao, off the coast of Surat Thani, during her visit yesterday in the wake of murder of two British tourists earlier this month.

Among new measures to better protect tourists on Koh Tao from crimes, a routine policy in which officials with special wristbands will take people who are drunk to their rooms will be put in place, according to a meeting between Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and local business operators yesterday.

A new police precinct will be established on the island with residence for permanent staff to keep them close to performing their duties protecting tourist around the clock, provision of greater volume of electricity and freshwater to meet demand by tourists, staff of hotels and pubs, and residents, the meeting concluded.

Another measures cited previously among provincial authorities are to install surveillance cameras throughout Koh Tao as well as a tourist service centre, which were mentioned in yesterday's meeting and accepted as joint measures to be undertaken.

The wristband project will be carried out by the ministry, whose details in implementation have not been discussed.

On the police investigation into the brutal murder of two British tourists earlier this month, progress has been made on a daily basis, reportedly with more details on |"another three new suspects" being pursued, a police source said.

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