Police round up 130 suspected illegal tour guides at a hotel

A total 130 illegal tour guides were arrested by police as they were attending a direct sale seminar at a hotel in Bangkok on Sunday.

Acting on a tipoff of a direct sale seminar suspected to be a cover-up of a seminar for illegal foreign tour guides at a hotel in Mengjai area, tourist and 191 special action police raided the hotel to break up the meeting.

Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpal, commander of 191 special police division, said that most of the participants were Chinese and Burmese and almost all of them barely speak Thai.

He said police would check any of them have entered the country legally or illegally so that action could be taken against those who were proven to be illegal immigrants.

Also, the police would try to determine whether the seminar was about a tour guide training course in which case the organizer or organizers could face legal action.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)