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12 May 2014 :: 13:05:44 pm 85773

Bangsaray Charges for Mats and Tables On The Beach

Beach vendors and tourists at Bang Sarey beach have complained that Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality has caused them a lot of trouble by letting a private sector provide and charge for the use of beach mats and tables.
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SATTAHIP – May 11, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; the journalists went to survey the restaurants in the area of Bang Sarey beach, Tambon Bang Sarey, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province, after they received complaints from beach vendors, local people and tourists that were dissatisfied that Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality has provided concession for a private sector to provide beach mats and tables-for which they collected the money for.

The journalists reported that all over the beach there were price tags for mats and table as follows: table 20 THB, large mat 20 THB, small mat 10 THB. The journalists questioned some tourists that were eating food and relaxing at the beach and found out that a lot of tourists didn’t know that before you could sit and eat for free as long as you bought food and drink from the relevant restaurant. Once they found out they showed the journalists the tickets they had been given for purchasing the tables and mats.

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One restaurant owner complained about the operation method that Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality had collected a service charge for the mats and tables and had been doing this since May 1, 2014. It had also caused a lot of problems for the restaurant owners due to the concessionaire has brought the mats and tables and had set them up for every restaurant, which the restaurant owner would collect the fee for using them but after the fee would be collected again by the private sector which confused and angered the tourists.

There was also heavy criticism about the improper act of Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality that set up the mats and tables which are in a public place and collected a service charge as this action was blamed for seeking benefits in a public place.

Mr. Prasert Phinetchot who is the concessionaire of the beach mats and tables said that he had bid to get the concession of the beach mats and tables from Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality and he had been operating since May 1, 2014 because he was informed by Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality who wanted to re-regulate the beach. Previously the restaurant owners hadn’t kept the beach clean and left the tables and chairs out causing it to look untidy and dirty. The concessionaire is to supervise the beach mats and tables and the service charges were defined by Bang Sarey Sub-district Municipality.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Tourism News

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