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Thailand’s police showcases mobile app for tourist safety

Thailand’s Tourist Police have embarked on a major campaign to improve their image and their services for tourists by launching one of the country’s most innovative virtual applications.

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Thai tourist police launched new mobile technology on the eve of the tourist-jammed  traditional Thai new year, better known as the Songkran festival.

Thai police showcasing iPhone application for tourist safety

Thai police showcasing iPhone application for tourist safety

The tourist police launched the Tourist Buddy Application, a smart-phone friendly free application providing travel information and safety tips. It also enables travellers to directly access to police stations nationwide, as well as emergency call centres.

For emergency services, the Hotline 1155 is available around the clock. More importantly, the innovative smartphone application also allows the authorities to locate where the calls are being made from.

“This app acts like your Buddy. When you are lost or need to find travel places, you can use this app for searching,” read the free application’s download page.

Thailand’s Tourist Police have embarked on a major campaign to improve their image and their services for tourists by launching one of the country’s most innovative virtual applications. The “Tourist Buddy” initiative will ensure 24 hour assistance for its users along with a better standard of help for those in need.

Tourist numbers will increase sharply during this event,” said the creator of the application, Pol.Maj.Gen. Roy Inkapairoj, Commander of the Tourist Police Division. “We realise the need to provide efficient services in all aspects to tourists”.

“Tourism is Thailand’s number one revenue earner and it’s the Government’s goal to increase tourism revenue income to 2 Trillion Baht by 2015.”

To ensure the safety of tourists, he adds, the Tourist Buddy Application will provide a new method for tourists to get assistance, anytime. It will also go a long way in supporting promotion for the nation’s tourism, culture, traditions and festivals.

“The nation’s Tourist Police realise the importance of providing care, help and comfort for tourists along with a prompt response to any situation that may require assistance”.

Pol.Maj.Gen Roy Inkapairoj hopes that the introduction of the Tourist Buddy will help deliver a high level of service and safety for tourists who come to visit Thailand, but somehow end up in difficulty.

The Tourist Police Division is overseen by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) and the Royal Thai Police. Their mission is to give service, convenience, life safety and asset protection to tourists who visit Thailand as well as to Thailand’s domestic tourists. This includes protection against crime that impacts on the nation’s tourism image, industry and tourist providers.

“This initiative will also increase tourist confidence in Thailand,” adds Pol.Maj.Gen Roy.

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• 150 new cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were announced by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand bringing the total number of cases to date to 25,111.
No new deaths were reported today.

• Of the cases reported in Thailand, 95.4% (23,946) have recovered, 0.3% (82) have died, and 4.3% (1,083) are receiving treatment or are in isolation (870 are in conventional hospitals and 213 in field hospitals).

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38 cases detected through the routine surveillance system linked to occupational risk, visiting crowded places or contact with confirmed cases in Samut Sakhon (19 Thais, 7 Burmese), Bangkok (5 Thais), Pathum Thani (3 Burmese), Maha Sarakham (1 Thai), Ayutthaya (1 Burmese), Tak (1 Thai), and Nakhon Pathom (1 Thai).

104 cases identified through active case finding in Pathum Thani (17 Thais, 24 Burmese, 1 Laotian) and Samut Sakhon (2 Thais, 60 Burmese).

• Of 142 cases acquired in Thailand, 62% were detected in Samut Sakhon, 4% in Bangkok and 35% in other provinces.

• During the new wave (between 15 December 2020 and 18 February 2021), 20,874 confirmed cases have been reported, of which 5,727 were detected through the routine surveillance system, 14,256 through active case finding and 891 are in individuals who entered Thailand, detected through screening in quarantine. At present, 19,769 have recovered, 1,083 are receiving treatment, and 22 have died.

• Confirmed cases in the new wave in Thailand have been reported in 63 provinces.

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