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Phuket Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Timeshare Touts

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webfact    24,352

Phuket steps up fight against illegal timeshare touts

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The government sign in Patong, on Phuket's west coast, warning tourists

about dodgy timeshare schemes.

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Patong Mayor Pian Keesin called for officials to be investigated.

PHUKET: -- A multi-agency task force will be set up to investigate timeshare companies operating in Phuket, especially Patong.

Tasked with investigating the companies, their workers and any officials involved in allowing the timeshare companies to operate, the “committee” is expected to launch an investigation by October, just before the annual tourism high season begins, Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak announced.

The committee will comprise officials from agencies including the Tourist Police, Royal Thai Police, Provincial Police, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Provincial Office and Patong Municipality.

“It’s a big problem. Tourists book holidays with timeshare companies, but when they arrive in Patong, the companies don’t have any hotel rooms for them to stay in. That is destroying our tourism reputation,” said V/Gov Somkiet.

Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban identified three types of timeshare companies operating on the island.

“There are genuine timeshare companies that are registered and have their own offices, such as the operation run at the JW Marriott [Resort & Spa in Mai Khao]

“But there are also people who rent hotels and properties for only a couple of years, but then offer clients use of the properties over 10 to 30 years. That’s cheating,” Mr Chairat said.

“Third are companies that don’t have anything at all, but they tell their clients that they have got everything for them,” he added.

“Many of these operators set up companies and ‘sell’ anything they can, making anywhere from 100 to 500 million baht. They then close their companies and run away.

“Later they open a new timeshare company, because it is easy to open such companies in Thailand, and cheat people all over again. It is damaging our tourism,” he added.

Deputy Mayor Chairat called on other government departments to help clamp down on illegal operators.

“Before issuing any work permits for such companies, the Department of Employment needs to look in detail at such operators, such as checking whether they have their own properties and offices,” he said.

Supporting Patong Mayor Pian Keesin’s call for the committee to also investigate officials, V/Gov Somkiet warned that any officials found to be involved in any illegal timeshare operations will be reported to their office chief.

Also, timeshare cheats were not only affecting foreign tourists, V/Gov Somkiet added.

“About 30 Thai people filed complaints at the Damrongtham Center. They said a well-known company in Thalang had cheated them of about 80,000 to 100,000 baht each.

“When they got to the hotels where they had paid to stay, there were no rooms for them,” he said.

The meeting on Tuesday was called after Patong business owners filed complaints to the Damrongtham Center.

The complaints alleged that more than 100 foreign workers were on the streets of Patong selling timeshare without work permits.

The complaints, filed with details and photographs, explained that timeshare workers continually rode motorbikes around Patong looking for potential “customers” and they stopped mid-traffic to pitch their sales.

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-- Phuket Gazette 2011-06-02

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slapout    2,830

Those pesky foreigners are up to another scam??? Wonder if they have mistaken the culprits for the working girls or visa versa? Customers of both seem to get a f..king.

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jumak    0

About time the authorities investigated these rip-off merchants in time share. The way these unscrupulous touts working illegally without work permits in Patong hassle and scam naive and unsuspecting tourists is an absolute disgrace

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Maipenrai007    48

About time the authorities investigated these rip-off merchants in time share. The way these unscrupulous touts working illegally without work permits in Patong hassle and scam naive and unsuspecting tourists is an absolute disgrace

100% Agreed!

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Boatman    9

My confidence in Thailand protecting my interests has been restored ! Now, can they help get my barfines returned for bad performers ?

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kevbap    1

POINT 1....

Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban identified three types of timeshare companies operating on the island.

“There are genuine timeshare companies that are registered and have their own offices, such as the operation run at the JW Marriott [Resort & Spa in Mai Khao]

and which are the other 2 types, or cant you mention them? name and shame? Nice back hander from Mr Marriott?

POINT 2...

The complaints alleged that more than 100 foreign workers were on the streets of Patong selling timeshare without work permits.

They sell it on the street? how? where?

POINT 3...

“Before issuing any work permits for such companies, the Department of Employment needs to look in detail at such operators, such as checking whether they have their own properties and offices,” he said.

is that not a part of gaining a 'work permit' ???? im very confused !

POINT 4...

The complaints, filed with details and photographs, explained that timeshare workers continually rode motorbikes around Patong looking for potential “customers” and they stopped mid-traffic to pitch their sales.

songthews, tuk tuks, taxis.......dont do this????

i love Thailand but get rather tired of bad, misleading posts/journalism such as this !

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BigC    841

i am very happy to see this. I hope they do this in other parts of thaialand also. like samui. they are everywhere

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KarenBravo    8,061

I can't help but think they are just picking an easy target that doesn't have any real "power", unlike the tuk-tuks and jet-ski scam artists.

Then saying "look at us, see, we do care about tourists and our international image".

Course......they're not fooling anyone. Typical Thai face-saving exercise.

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khaowong1    860

My confidence in Thailand protecting my interests has been restored ! Now, can they help get my barfines returned for bad performers ?

:lol:

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ESB7    6

About time the authorities investigated these rip-off merchants in time share. The way these unscrupulous touts working illegally without work permits in Patong hassle and scam naive and unsuspecting tourists is an absolute disgrace

100% Agreed!

I assume you both either work or have close friends/relatives that work at the labour office that can confirm your statements..................probably not, so it may come as a shock to you that timeshare companies provide work permits for their foreign employees

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khaowong1    860

It appears that if the Thai govt. can't really fix the problem or don't want to because of future benefits to be received, they instead have another CRACKDOWN. :lol:

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stacker10    6

they forget to pay him tea money for sure, How about a-hole jetski? how about a-holes tuktuk?200b for 150 meters? thats is more importent, sure they have to check timeshare companys, I know they pay a lot to the police to be left alone(use to work timeshare) all bullshit as always.

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grantbkk    443

So while foreign customers are making their holiday reservations now for high season there is no investigation into this illegal activity? Why? A task force could be up and running by Monday if this was serious. Another government hack gives his twice a year anti-crime speech or press release. Job done.

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sirchai    1,847

Looks like it crackdown week in Thai..yesterday it was Illegal musicians.....

The complaints alleged that more than 100 foreign workers were on the streets of Patong selling timeshare without work permits.

After the Tsunami hit Thailand pretty bad 2004, there were so many specialists from Europe to identify the wrotten bodies. A special unit of Germany's BKA, very familiar doing genetic tests had to stop because they had no work permit. ???????????????

Why can't they just get rid of all those hookers in other tourist destinations like Pattaya? <deleted>'s going on in their brain. Or do they really have one? :jap:

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