Bangkok safe despite protests –Tourism Authority of Thailand

THAILAND. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in association with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), has issued a statement reassuring travellers to Thailand that the protests in Bangkok have not caused major disruption in the city.

“The city remains a safe destination for both leisure and business travellers,” the statement read. However, although this is a domestic political dispute, all foreign nationals are advised to exercise caution and avoid those areas of the city where the protesters have gathered.

TAT and PATA understand that travellers may have some concerns about visiting Thailand at this time, but the organisations stressed that most venues remain in normal operation. Both city airports (Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi) are operating as usual, and all other international and domestic airports in Thailand also remain fully operational.

Tourist attractions in the city remain open for business, including shopping malls. MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions) venues are also open.

TAT continues to provide round-the-clock assistance via its 1672 hotline and representatives from the tourism industry are available to offer assistance to visitors.

Pacific Asia Travel Association CEO Greg Duffell said: “There is obviously concern felt in some source markets about safety and security issues. This is entirely understandable. Some governments have issued travel advisories that are likely to prompt would-be visitors to delay their travel plans to Thailand or, indeed, make alternative arrangements.

“It is important for our industry friends and colleagues overseas to appreciate that the protests have not impacted in any major way upon our daily lives in Bangkok. Our message is clear and straightforward. If you have scheduled a holiday or business event in Thailand then there is no reason to change your plans. This country needs your support – and you will always be assured of a fantastic welcome in the “˜land of the smiles’.”

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