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Dr Johannes Peterlik, Ambassador of Austria, wants tuk-tuk action

Phuket Tuk-Tuk Travel Warnings 'Will Come If There's No Action'

Thursday, September 1, 2011
PHUKET: Dr Johannes Peterlik, Ambassador for Austria, told the Phuket Governor and Phuket honorary consuls yesterday that European countries would issue travel advice about tuk-tuks on Phuket unless changes were made soon.

Here, with some edited passages, is the text of his speech to the honorary consuls and Phuket administrators at Provincial Hall in Phuket City:

''First of all I would like to thank the Governor for his invitation today and thank the honorary consuls for their work. I think it's important to understand that the honorary consuls are the only people in this room who do not earn an income for what they do. You should value the commitment they have for their jobs and the recommendations they try to give you as the authorities of Phuket to facilitate what Phuket lives from today, tourism. I have been coming to Phuket for more than 30 years now . . . I've been ambassador for Thailand for two years . . . Thailand is a safe place for tourists . . . the European Union stands together as one. You have more than half of your consulates in Phuket representing Europe. We cooperate on our travel advice . . . we coordinate on our travel advice . . . we have been monitoring the situation on Phuket very closely for the past one and a half years, to be precise . . . a number of embassies have been watching the situation closely and we are concerned . . . we ask all our citizens to abide by the laws of Thailand when they come to Thailand . . . our consuls support the Thai authorities . . . we are happy to support the Royal Thai Police and authorities when it comes to difficulties with foreigners . . . we know how difficult some of our tourists can be. We have to rely on the rule of law when we have difficulties sometimes, we have to rely on the rule of law, on the Thai law, and we have to rely on your leadership . . . the support we are trying to give you will facilitate the treatment of tourists, especially on Phuket but if we have to report to specifically highlight Phuket in Thailand as a destination where it is not advisable to use a tuk-tuk, one of the symbols of Thailand, for transportation . . . we want to avoid that. I am happy that meetings like this take place regularly because they facilitate hearing both sides of problems as they occur. But meetings like these and discussions like these can only be successful if there are implementations in practice. I and other ambassadors have been waiting for implementations on Phuket for one and a half years already. We have not issued travel advice specifically for Phuket situations for one and a half years because the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok asked us not to do it. But if the situation does not change in practice, we will be forced to issue specific Phuket-related travel advice to do what we are here to do, to uphold Thai law, and to protect our citizens.''
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its very good, please also warning for jet-ski too.s o many tourist in phuket don't want to come back because of jet-ski and tuk-tuk, thai authories not doing any thing.

Posted by john on September 1, 2011 12:39

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Many years of threats. and what has been gained.

Less words and more action, that's the only thing that may get noticed! but don't expect any change.

Posted by phuut len on September 1, 2011 13:51

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I hope they had a secretary record the comments this time for transmission to Bangkok, 555.

Posted by Mister ree on September 1, 2011 14:13

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These diplomats. highly organized and intimidating groups have highjacked public transport for nearly decades - getting worse. Public transport in tuk tuk land on Phuket is a systematic health and wealth risk for its customers. Fortunes and Fortuners being made by taxi drivers. And our diplomats look since one and a half year with nothing happened. But now (!): Phuket Tuk-Tuk Travel Warnings 'Will Come If There's No Action'.

Translation: If nothing happens, we will raise our finger and so "No, no, no!". Better threaten to warn against travel the hole island. Maybe then some mayor will wake up.

Posted by Lena on September 1, 2011 14:20

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Funny I make comment re. tut-tuk, ie. no change unless effect on economy and it gets edited out... just like minutes of meetings with consuls. I'm not a troll, but can find elsewhere to publish reasonable comments.

Posted by Same same on September 1, 2011 16:02

Editor Comment:

If I'd been able to understand what you were saying, there would be no problem. Reasonable comments are ones that can be understood. You could also stop using different names, too.

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will Phuket take notice.. or will it be another delay, of excuses and broken promises..even the Foreign minister is aware of it, but will any action be taken...we will wait and see..i doubt it.

Posted by johndev on September 1, 2011 16:32

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The Foreign Minister who was aware is no longer the Foreign Minister, so it may be necessary to wait a little. You can bet that the embassies, though, will brief the new FM about their concerns.

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What would be more constructive is that the respective Governments give the Thai Government 30 days. Clean it up or we'll issue severe travel warnings. Then what you really need to do is carry out the promise if it's not cleaned up. All you need is to cut the lip service... politicians.. the same the world over... all talk.

Posted by Graham on September 1, 2011 16:58

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Career diplomats and consuls who hold strong beliefs are fortunately not politicians.

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Why not just create a new road sign and place it at the bottom of Patong hill? it should read: "Warning, you are now entering a Scam Zone". A picture of a clapped out tin can with no airco or windows a.k.a. Tuk-Tuk to be added below the message as the finishing touch.

Posted by Xircal on September 1, 2011 19:01


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