Thailand Steps up Security

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imageThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) issued a statement today in the wake of a series of incidents in the south of the Kingdom: “TAT is monitoring and assessing the tourism situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, we would like to encourage travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their trips accordingly” … www.tatnews.org/thailand-steps-up-security-at-key-locations-throughout-the-country

Meanwhile planned events and business events activities continue in Thailand as the nation celebrated the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Mother’s Day today (12 August, 2016).

All hotels, venues and attractions are open and ready to welcome business travellers. Transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate, including Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports. However travellers are advised to prepare adequate travelling time to avoid getting caught in traffic due to large movements of people during this long-weekend holiday period.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) strongly condemns the attacks that took place in Thailand over the last 24 hours. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims, their friends and families.

Despite the bomb attack in Bangkok in August 2015, Thailand’s visitors grew by 20% last year to 30 million travellers and the money they spent grew by 25% over the same period.” said David Scowsill, President & CEO World Travel & Tourism Council.

Thailand’s economy depends strongly on the Travel & Tourism Industry, generating THB2.8 trillion (US$81.6 billion) in 2015, which is 21% of GDP. It supported 5.9 million jobs, over 15% of the country’s employment.

On ther same time, on behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to the Thai people.
“Thailand is one of the most consolidated tourism destination in the world. A destination where people of all cultures unite and enjoy tourism and its strong potential to foster development. We are fully confident that this will continue to be the case and we look forward to meet in Bangkok next 27 September for the official World Tourism Day celebrations”.

“More than ever we need to work together to make a great success out of the celebrations of World Tourism Day, this will be the best expression of support and union against these hideous acts.” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) also emailed a statement to its members: “PATA is monitoring closely developments in the wake of the incidents in Hua Hin, Phuket and other locations in southern Thailand. Our advice to travellers already in Thailand is to remain vigilant and to follow the advice given by their hotels, tour operators and local embassies/consulates. For those business and leisure travellers about to depart for Thailand we stress the importance of paying close attention to their own government’s travel advisories.”

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