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It has taken foreign clout to force action

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'Your attention, please. The plane will descend to Phuket International Airport shortly. All passengers please remain seated and fasten your seat belts until the aircraft comes to a complete stop. All passengers please fill out an immigration form and proceed to the immigration counter upon arrival. For those who are visiting Phuket for the first time as a tourist, we strongly recommend that you read a statement by the EU ambassadors in Bangkok in the seat pocket right in front of you before you go into the arrival hall.'' 

All planes flying to the resort island should put a copy of that statement, dated June 20, 2013, in seat pockets for the benefit of tourists. It goes right to the point of the problems that are plaguing Phuket. Here is the exact wording of the problems that the ambassadors or representatives of 18 members of the European Union want to see attended to or wiped out.

An efficient and fairly priced public transport system in Phuket which is available to foreign tourists and residents alike.

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