ADT attacks BMTA on tour sales
BANGKOK, 19 August 2011 – The Association of Domestic Travel has requested that Minister of Tourism and Sports, Chumpol Silapa-acha, hold talks with the Minister of Transport, Air Chief Marshal Sukampol Suwannathat, to halt Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s tour sales that compete head on with the private sector.
ADT president, Maiyarat Pheerayakoses, said Mr Chumpol should step in and solve this “chronic problem” because BMTA, the main operator of public bus services in Bangkok, is actively selling domestic tours without holding a tour operator or tour guide’s license.
“A state enterprise such as BMTA should not sell tour programmes that compete with the private sector,” she argued. “They claim the tours are just transfers between the destinations without providing accommodation, food and a tour guide but we challenge that,” Ms Maiyarat said.
She claims the BMTA should offer price incentives on transport not enter the tour business to gain more business.
“We want the ministry and related agencies to solve this problem. It has been going on for several years and we believe the BMTA continues to ignore the Tourism Business and Guide Act B.E. 2551.”
She claims the BMTA attitude is encouraging others to work outside of the law.
The Tourism Business and Guide Act B.E. 2551, defines a commercial tour company as an entity that supplies services that include accommodation, sightseeing food and guide services to tourists.
Mr Chumpol has so far not responded to the association’s request for assistance.