PM toughens on tour guides

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, seen here during last week's inspection of the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang, took a hard line against foreign tour guides, because it is an occupation reserved for Thais. (Post Today photo)

The government has vowed to continue cracking down on illegal tour guides and foreigners illegally operating tour guide services, saying the job is reserved for Thai nationals only.

In response to a new call by the Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand for the government to better tackle the problem of illegal tour guides, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he received the association's petition and has assigned the Tourism and Sports Ministry to handle it.

"The government doesn't have a policy allowing foreigners to come and work as tour guides in Thailand because the role of professional tour guide is one reserved for Thai nationals only under the 1999 law on the business operations of foreigners," Gen Prayut said Sunday.

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