The first part of Thai military government anti-corruption test started three years ago, with the controversial decision to ban vendors from renting beach chairs, umbrellas, and other paraphernalia. This was the official reason for making the decision, but there were other speculations. One that prevailed was addressing the anti-corruption movement, which should raise the effectiveness of Thai government effort in dealing with the vendors.
What cluttered beaches and corruption have in common
The golden wire in the Thailand economy is tourism. Beautiful sandy beaches, warm climate, and several exotic islands gave this country all the resources to set up a profitable business. As with many other tourist attractions, one thing leads to another, and checking out beach chairs reviews for your upcoming vacation is pointless now. Local business owners and service providers soon started to expand their offer, which poured the money into the pockets. However, since 2014 when the military government was established, the things slowly began to change.
The government enforced a strict regulation on the businesses that are operating at Phuket’s beaches and made them withdraw their services. That includes cleaning up the beaches by removing beach chairs and umbrellas from some of the Thailand’s most famous beaches on Phuket island.
The beach chair mafia
At the time the government issued the ban on using the umbrellas and beach chairs on public beaches, the government officials raised the question on “beach chair mafia.” Although they didn’t offer a formal proof for this claim, the government used this statement as the primary argument for anti-corruption movement. However, some tourists have reported that renting beach chairs and umbrellas on Phuket’s beaches had become a profitable business. The locals were competing in a high-margin market to get their products to the visitors, but the government apparently wasn’t delighted by these activities.
The initial results of government’s anti-corruption test were negative, as local business owners and tourists felt angry because of the restrictive measures. The actions caused a rise in unemployment rate in this area of Thailand, which left many families without a steady income. On the other hand, tourists were also surprised by these measures, mainly because they couldn’t take their beach chairs and umbrellas with them.
Updates on beach anti-corruption movement
A few months ago, the news broke about Thai government release of 2014 ban of clutter on Phuket beaches. Although the government stated that the comeback of sun loaders and umbrellas is a temporary measure, the locals and tourists greeted the moving forward regarding this matter. Two out of nine beaches support the rent of beach chairs and umbrellas, but only in restricted areas of the beaches. The rule of the “10% zone” is a sign of release from the 2014 ban, but the question of how long will this measure be useful remains.
There are still speculations on the reasons behind the reversal of the 2014 policy, and the results of the three-year ban are still under the light of the public eye in Thailand.