Ms Thapani Kiatphabool, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), announced the move after attending a meeting with Prime Minister Shreshtha Thavisin at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on November 12.
The main focus of the meeting was to address security concerns and ensure the quality of services provided to tourists during their stay in Thailand.
The Thai government has decided to allow Chinese police to take part in patrols in some tourist cities in the country. Photo: The Nation
Ms Thapani said that to achieve these goals, TAT and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports need to coordinate with the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Tourism Police.
Deploying Chinese police patrols in major Thai tourist cities will be discussed with the Chinese Embassy on 15 November. The policy aims to replicate a successful model implemented in Italy, although it is unclear which cities will implement this model.
according to the sheet NationIt is expected that the above proposal will contribute to the target of welcoming 4.4 million Chinese tourists in the last two months of this year.
Ms Thapani stressed: “It is necessary to have Chinese police in Thailand because it will help Chinese tourists see that Thailand is strengthening security measures. Additionally, tourists’ confidence will increase if their police can confirm that Thailand is safe.”
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand has declined after a 14-year-old boy opened fire in a Bangkok shopping mall in October, killing one Chinese tourist and wounding another.