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Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

Chiangmai
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Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

There have been many scams done by those using the internet for booking tourists wanting to visit Thailand. For this reason The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is now cracking down on these businesses with new laws.

Starting Dec. 1, 2012 any operation in the tourism industry from tour operator, hotel, guest house, B&B to guides and taxis will need to register with TAT and pay 100,000 Thai baht in escrow. This money will be held in case any of these business commit fraud or fail to deliver services promissed to clients. The money will then be paid to the unsatisfied clients and then the company who committed such act will no longer be able to do business in the tourism industry.

This is to protect the consumer so make sure before you book with a tour operator, hotel, guest house, B&B to guides and taxis make sure they have a TAT license. The licensed number should be posted on their web site or in their email. The license number will be 2 numbers then a dash then 5 more numbers. The TAT now has a task force in place to monitor search engines and social web sites such as trip advisor to find those doing internet booking. If they are not registered with TAT they will be fined and shut down.

Make sure you book only with licensed operators as you might pay now and when you come to Thailand they might be shut down by TAT or do not want to pay the 100,000 escrow fee, close their business or taxi service and you lose the money you paid.

Be safe and have fun in Thailand,

Randy

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1. Re: Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

Randy, I sincerely hope you're right and finally something will be done about this.

It has been a thorn in my eye for many years that we are all legal, have paid the escrow and even more importantly the required insurance etc., when others are not doing this but nobody prevents them from doing business here.

So yes please, let's hope something is done.

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2. Re: Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

We paid the 100,000 baht almost 2 years ago. So not new, just maybe they are going to take action against those that don't pay.

Strange though, as we had to pay the 100,000 to renew our TAT license, and also show proof of insurance at the same time.

Mark.

Phuket Sail Tours.

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3. Re: Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

Thats what I thought, the escrow has been around for a while so thats not new. Actually enforcing the rules, well thats new.

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4. Re: Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

I sincerely hope that this will be enforced to all concerned. It is so unfair that some of us in the Industry have to abide by these rules.

5. Re: Warning from Tourist Authority of Thailand to online booking

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