Tourism

Bangkok denies street food ban

Yesterday, there were rumours Bangkok – one of the world’s busiest street food hubs – was banning the very thing its known for.

Media were reporting that food stalls would be banned from all of Bangkok’s main roads under a major clean-up operation.

But today, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has issued a statement assuring all travellers and industry folk that this is not the case.

TAT said it’s contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) about the misleading reports, and found that “while there are measures in place to control food vendors and enforce current regulations, there is no outright ban on the sale of street food”.

The statement continued, “In fact, the BMA appreciates that food vendors are a vital part of the city’s identity and helped Bangkok be listed by CNN as one of the 23 best cities in the world for street food.”

According to TAT, the BMA has said that it will be “providing support and advice” to the city’s street food vendors to help them raise hygiene standards, improve food safety and adhere to proper waste management procedures.

BMA will also be enforcing measures regarding sidewalk and road obstructions and is working with the Metropolitan Police Bureau and its Traffic Division to see that” vital walkways are clear of the food carts, chairs and umbrellas used by many street food vendors in the city”.

What this means is that in Bangkok’s busiest areas, vendors will be required to move to designated zones and nearby markets in order to operate.

“Popular tourist streets such as Chinatown’s Yaowaraj and Khao San Road, will not be affected,” the statement added.

“But these areas will receive special attention to ensure international hygienic standards are met by the vendors.”

The statement concluded by sharing the implementations the BMA plans to bring to street food vendors, pending government approval.

These include:

  • To introduce universal hygienic standards practices for food preparation and service and strictly enforce these measures.
  • To ensure personal attend BMA training programs on food safety and pass tests before they are licenced.
  • BMA will enforce measures regarding waste management and the cleaning of bowls and utensils used by customers.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Six airport workers charged over plans to import “large quantity” of drugs into Sydney

And they would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for COVID-19 and its meddling flight disruptions.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Wyndham unveils new all inclusive resort brand

The world’s largest hotel franchising company has welcomed its 22nd brand and boy howdy is she a beauty.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Australia’s internationally recognised vaccine certificate to be released tomorrow

Overseas jaunts are one step closer, with the federal government ready to hit ‘go’ on our new COVID-19 international vaccine certificates.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Google can now estimate carbon emissions for almost all flights

You don’t even need to book through Google Flights to see the CO2 estimate… we’re not suggesting agents steal the info as an add-on for clients, but also we are.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

The positive reactions to NSW’s big international travel news continue, but not all industry figures are happy

The overall response to the NSW government’s big international travel announcement on Friday has, unsurprisingly, been a very positive one, but not all industry figures are dancing in the street.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

CLIA adds extra support for agent recovery to 2022 membership

Agents who sign up to be a CLIA member will score access to bonus commissions, live events and an expanded education program.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Thailand to scrap quarantine for select overseas visitors

The country is still recording more than 10,000 cases a day and has only fully vaccinated 33 per cent of its population, but Thailand’s PM said reopening was a crucial step to save the economy.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Ukrainian airline scraps heels and tight skirts for comfy suits and Nike sneakers

This airline has given its cabin crew uniform a modern update that ditches tight-fitting, restrictive clothing and high heels for something a bit more suited to the job.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid snares majority stake in New Zealand’s Haka Tours and ANZ Nature Tours

The global travel B Corp has kicked off its future growth plans with a 60 per cent slice of not one, but two touring brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Clive Palmer offloads Qantas shares in protest of airline’s staff vaccination policy

by Ali Coulton

Looks like the mining magnate has taken a break from tweeting his famous Tim Tam poems to shake his fist at the flying kangaroo’s vax policy.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Guests forced to hide as heritage-listed hotel break-in causes $30,000 in damage

A group of people have broken down the door of a historic Kalgoorlie hotel, terrorising guests and forcing one woman to hide in a wardrobe.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Get excited, because the European Showcase is coming to a screen near you!

With international borders on the verge of reopening and hype around overseas travel at an all-time high, this event couldn’t have come at a better time!

Share

CommentComments