CHINESE TOURIST KILLED BY SPEEDBOAT PROPELLER IN THAILAND – Long has been the concerns of the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Guan Mu regarding the safety of China’s citizens while holidaying in Thailand.
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Over the last year there have been multiple drownings and other accidents causing death and only yesterday reports leaked of yet another senseless waste of life simply because the Thais are more concerned about money rather than their customers safety.
Yesterday we reported how the Chinese Ambassador met with Thai Officials late last month and in an undiplomatic fashion told them that they needed to clean up their act, stop corruption and scamming Chinese tourists and above all provide a safe holiday experience.
Mr. Guan’s remarks came just days after yet another Chinese tourist died and yesterday’s tragedy and today’s failing safety measures are likely to bring the wrath of the Chinese Ambassador once again.
Mr. Guan is clearly not a man to mince his words and many on the inside of Thailand feel his remarks were long overdue and that if Thailand wants to save its dwindling tourism market it needs to wake up and put safety before money.
Mr. Guan did threaten the Thai Authorities that if things didn’t change then the Chinese Government would take action and prevent its citizens from traveling to Thailand. Such an act would almost wipe out the little tourism that remains.
There are conflicting reports as to what exactly happened; with the Thais reporting that Chen Peng, 36, was warned not to go into the water as the captain had decided to start the engines in order to steer the speedboat away from the rocks.
The man’s wife, pictured above, was clearly grief stricken at the Phuket International Hospital, after Chen Peng was officially pronounced dead by doctors.
It was reported that the propellers of the speedboat cut through Chen Peng’s legs and stomach leaving him with life threatening injuries.
The hospital on Phi Phi Island, just a few kilometers away, was ill-equipped to deal with such an injury and therefore the captain took the decision to head for Phuket, some 45 minutes to an hour away, depending on sea conditions.
Criticism has already been leveled at Phi Phi Island as although this is a high profile holiday destination in Thailand it does not have an adequate hospital to cope with such an accident and again clearly shows that the Thais simply do not care about tourist safety in any regard.
The Thai Authorities are due to meet with 17 foreign Ambassadors in the next few days and it is likely that Mr. Guan will not only be in attendance but may well threaten to advise Beijing that it’s time to cut off tourism.
In the usual rhetoric from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) it was quick to issue the latest tourism figures which reported a massive growth in the number of foreigners visiting Thailand each year. Nothing was mentioned of the two tragedies over the last two days but this is typical of the Thai Government where the ‘smoke and mirrors’ tactic is often used to dispel any signs that tourism is being affected or to discourage foreigners from visiting Thailand.
As shocking as these recent tragedies are it is unlikely to promote any form of change from the Thai Authorities. At the last meeting with Mr. Guan Thai officials promised to look into the issues of safety but as is traditional with the Thai Authorities they have simply buried their heads in the sand and ignored the requests for improvements.
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