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Foreign visitors can now file for compensation if they are scammed in Thailand

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The whole thing is a scam, most TAT licence holders only pay the licence deposit for local Thai tourists from their province (10,000 baht).  Not the licence to handle foreign tourists (50,000-200,000 baht).  There is a way to check if a tour operator is registered but not what licence they actually hold.  At a rough guess I would estimates the number of claims processed each year at 0 plus or minus 0.  In the unlikely event you tried to claim, what’s the betting they would wash their hands of the problem and say the tour operator doesn’t have the right kind of licence?  I also suspect all those deposits paid are more likely to have funded Rolex watches than be held in a government operated deposit account.  I would further speculate that when a tourism business closes down, they can’t ever get their “deposit” back.

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Sounds like the quickest way to end up paying bribes to half the precinct. There is no way I would fall for this trap.

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So "general" scamming isn't covered then. 

I believe the "red-tape" will make it near on impossible to actually get a refund. Like V.A.T. for example.

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This is also going to be abused by dishonest tourists looking for extra baht. There are already so many bogus travel insurance claims for "stolen" personal items.  

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Is jet ski hire a tour company?  🤔😅Lol as if they would be registered for anything☡

 

 

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1 hour ago, klauskunkel said:

 

That's it. That's all the hotels in Thailand that are certified. Bangkok has two hotels that are certified by the Tourism dept. Sorry about the formatting... 

 

 

I'm guessing, those are hotels where the tour desk has registered as a licensed tour provider...

 

They're not registering just as a hotel operator... That's my guess!

 

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2 hours ago, darksidedog said:

If the country had to cough up for every scam that the locals pulled on unsuspecting farang, the place would be utterly broke.

what about all the scams farangs pull on other farangs. Brit boiler rooms, real  estate swindles, fake international driving licences etc etc. I have been scamed far more by farangs than Thais in the 35 years tha I have lived here. 

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9 minutes ago, gamini said:

what about all the scams farangs pull on other farangs. Brit boiler rooms, real  estate swindles, fake international driving licences etc etc. I have been scamed far more by farangs than Thais in the 35 years tha I have lived here. 

 

Want to buy a bar ???

 

Ultimately both Thai and Foreigners are prepared to scam each other. Scamming is a facet of human nature not race, religion or nationality.

 

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This could end up with many honest tour operators being scammed by govt dept/tourist alliance. The tour companies are the only organisations that have a deposit lodged with the govt. to get and keep their license. Me thinks the govt has its eye on the bank balance , then maybe I am just a big cynic, time will tell.

Maybe this could be countered by tour operators having clients sign a disclaimer saying that they have received all services paid for and release the company from any liability for additional services and compensation etc..

I know there probably are some problems somewhere but I really think tour operators are the least of their problems.

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What happened to those tourist courts then? Justice served in a few days and all that. Another announcement forgotten the moment the ink dried on the press release.

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"Foreign visitors can now file for compensation if they are scammed in Thailand"

 

A thoroughly misleading topic title.  The actual program is very narrowly defined, misses the majority of the scams an actual tourist is apt to encounter, and applies really only to "registered tour companies" and people who use them and end up scammed by them (and only by them).   How many members here on TV even use tour companies, registered or otherwise, for their visits?  This whole topic is pure click bait.

 

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