Eastin Tan hotel in Chiang Mai which is reportedly owned by wellknown businessman Tan Pasakornnatee was on Friday charged with operating without a license.
Chiang Mai’s Muang district officer Saranyu Meethongkham led a team of district officials, police and military personnel to the hotel located in downtown Chiang Mai to investigate if the hotel has an operating license or not.
When the general manager was unable to produce the license as demanded, he was asked to report himself to Phuping Ratnives police station where he was charged with operating the hotel without a license.
Mr Saranyu said that the hotel applied for a license, but it was rejected because the actual location of the hotel and condominium did not match with that stated in the application form.
The hotel appealed against the registration officer’s order denying the license and, at the same time, continued operations.
The district officer said that he had to take legal action against the hotel because it broke the law.
Under the hotel law, anyone who operates a hotel without a license is liable to imprisonment of up to one year and/or a fine of 20,000 baht. In addition, the hotel owner will face a fine of 10,000 baht/day throughout the period the hotel is operational without a license.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)