Open the court at Phuket

A court to solve problems for tourists opened in the resort island of Phuket on Tuesday, amid plans to expand the concept to other popular destinations including Bangkok.

Virat Chinvinitkul, secretary-general of the Courts of Justice, promised quick rulings on all conflicts for local and foreign tourists who take their problems to the Phuket provincial court in Muang district, which has a new division to cater to those visiting the island.

The tourist court in Phuket is the third to open. Pattaya launched its own tourist court on Sept 5 and Suvarnabhumi airport opened a courtroom for foreign plaintiffs on Monday.

Mr Virat said the Courts of Justice will open more tourist courts in Krabi, Samui island, Chiang Mai and at two locations in Bangkok – Pathumwan and Dusit district courts.

Around 10 million foreign tourists came to Phuket during the first 11 months of the financial year to August. The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket office projected 12 million visitors to have visited by the end of this month.

Office director Charnchai Duangjit on Friday forecast 14 million visitors will travel to the area in the next financial year, with wealthy tourists from China, Russia, Germany and Australia the main targets.

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