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Police swoop on operators of illegal guesthouses, hotels

With the busy tourist season of Songkran, and then summer approaching, tourist police division checked hotels and guesthouses in Khao San and Tha Phra Athit roads of downtown Bangkok. As a result twenty-four operators of guesthouses and hotels have been arrested for violating laws.

Police wanted to see if the operators had the required license to operate their business, if they kept records of all of their guests, if any of their guests overstayed their visas, if past violations have been corrected, and if other norms and regulations have been followed and met. Moreover, a number of accompanying measures have been taken to include stricter punishment for violators, 250 “fix it centers” to minimize road accidents, free basic check-up services for vehicles and others.

These and other measures are aimed to minimize accident numbers especially on the busiest areas in the city during Sognkran.

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Police swoop on operators of illegal guesthouses, hotels | Bangkok Post: news

Chiang Mai, Thailand, guide: what to do, plus the best hotels and restaurants

Chiang Mai is a travel destination that is sure to appeal to the tourists and others who are sick of the heavily trafficked and polluted urban sprawl of Bangkok. The regional airport received some much needed upgrades in 2014 and the increase in flights has made the town much easier to reach. There is yoga and walking tours and all the other typical Thai trappings, but Chiang Mai also offers a vibrant and contemporary side.
Traditional food stalls and carts peddle their wares alongside modern restaurants and both are embraced by the cities multi-generational residents. There are so many options and good eateries, if you’re headed to this historic city bring your appetite. There are dozens of options to immerse you in Thai culture from cooking classes to animal adventures, and the art galleries and open air markets shouldn’t be missed.

Check out this great ToDo guide for Chiang Mai in The Guardian.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, guide: what to do, plus the best hotels and restaurants – The Guardian

Some hotels providing separate meal rooms, floors for Chinese groups

Increasing numbers of mainland Chinese tourists not accustomed to international travel etiquette let to increasing tensions among guests of other nationalities over the past few years, but these issues have apparently hit a new tipping point.

A number of hotels that cater to large groups of Chinese guests have begun to offer separated amenities for guests from the communist nation, some going as far as to completely separate them using different floors, eating areas, and serving facilities.
By completely removing the Chinese from the other guests hotels can easily watch over and accomodate their behavior as well as limiting average peoples exposure to the Chinese, with the aim of reducing complaints to the hotel. Cultural norms from China are not always compatible with those in many industrialized and first world countries, and their tourist industry is keenly aware of the difficulties the face aboard.

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Some hotels in major tourist destinations have separate meal rooms, floors for Chinese groups – The Nation

Hotel room-rates slide as tourist arrivals surge

The Hotel Price Index, or HPI, indicates that Thai tourism is growing by large amounts, while at the same time battling a decrease in the price paid per room.

An increase of 20.4% in arrivals, mostly from Chinese markets, is behind the growth in numbers, but at the same time, the inventory of available rooms has also grown to match, meaning that hotels are less able to charge more for a given room at any time.

Top destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang May also saw decreases in the prices of rooms, while experiencing a larger number of visitors overall. In addition, the growth is being led by large hotel chains and conglomerates, meaning that the days of small, independent hotels in Thailand’s tourist areas may be on the way out.

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Hotel room-rates slide as tourist arrivals surge – The Phuket News

Hotels on drought alert

A water shortage due to drought in the tourist areas of Phuket, Thailand, is starting to affect the resort business.

Many hotels are attempting to shore up their local water reserves by purchasing large amounts of bottled water and running water saving campaigns to try and lower their usage. A comparison between an average person and a hotel guest reveals that the former uses about 180 liters a day, while a resort guest, up to 350 liters.

Members of the Thai Hotel Association stress that the hotels should have plenty of water through June 2016, mentioning that the hotels will most likely end up contracting with outside suppliers to make up for the shortfall. Government sources stress that their projections indicate there will be no shortfall, and that local reserves will be enough to last the entire region through July.

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Hotels on drought alert | Bangkok Post: travel