The Ministry of Sports and Tourism has been told by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to set a new order at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew so that there will be a space for Thais to conduct religious activities and space for tourists to tour the famous temple, said Colonel Athisit Chainuwat, assistant government spokesman on Tuesday.
The prime minister also expressed concern over the possible impacts from the recent crackdown on zero-dollar tour operators and associates and wanted the Ministry of Sports and Tourism to find out whether the crackdown had impacted on tourism promotion plan as a whole, he added.
Colonel Athisit went on saying that the prime minister wanted the ministry to investigate a report, claiming that some Chinese tourists had done something improper at Wat Phra Kaew.
Earlier last week, the Anti-Money Laundering Office ordered the seizure of about 13 billion baht worth of assets of two major Chinese companies operating zero-dollar package tour by bringing Chinese tourists into Thailand at below-cost rate and, later on, forcing them into jewelry shops and overcharging them.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)