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The colourful vacationer hotspot of Patong in Phuket has come beneath scrutiny amid allegations circulating on social media platforms. Claims counsel that sure native businesses have been denying service to Thai nationals.

In response to these allegations, Weerawit Kreuasombat, the President of the Patong Leisure Enterprise Affiliation (PEBA), has stepped ahead to converse on behalf of the businesses in query.

Addressing the media, Weerawit countered the widespread allegations, explaining that the refusal of service was removed from frequent follow and that there have been typically justifiable causes behind these cases. He highlighted that sure businesses, together with nightlife venues and automobile rental companies, had beforehand confronted points with particular clients, regardless of their nationality.

The net accusations have left a major dent in Patong’s tourism picture, Weerawit acknowledged. He identified the huge variety of leisure venues that the city boasts – practically 200 on Soi Bangla alone and over 300 all through Patong.

“Certainly, some venues do prohibit Thai nationals from getting into at particular occasions. These are cases when the venue is organising a particular occasion closed to the general public, or when people fail to current their ID playing cards.”

Weerawit additional said that an elevated emphasis on ID verification was a direct results of previous cases of faux ID card utilization.

“It will be important to observe that the choice to intensify ID checks was a safety measure taken in settlement with the proposition to lengthen the working hours of nightlife venues in sure areas till 4am.”

Discussing the automotive and motorbike rental businesses reportedly refusing to hire automobiles to Thai nationals, Weerawit conceded that some outlets did follow such discrimination.

“That is primarily due to the businesses having misplaced their automobiles to such clients previously, or cases the place the Thai buyer has introduced a fraudulent ID.”

To place issues into perspective, Weerawit referred to the earlier yr’s statistics, revealing that over 100 rental automobiles had been reported lacking, reported The Phuket Information.

Weerawit assured that the native businesses in Patong had been open and keen to present their companies to all vacationers, no matter their nationality, each Thai and overseas.

Phuket Information