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06 September 2008 :: 13:09:57 pm 24965

TAT moves to explain political unrest to cushion negative impact on tourism

BANGKOK, Sept 6 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), a Thai government agency, is going all out to explain about political turmoil in Thailand to restore tourist confidence in visiting the kingdom, according to a senior TAT official.
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 TAT deputy governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa said the tourism agency closely monitored political unrest which might impact tourism and had coordinated with its overseas offices so that they could explain the situation in the country to intending foreign tourists.

A random survey was conducted and over 50 per cent of Thai tourists said the unrest did not affect their tourism plans because their travel destinations were not close to sites of possible unrest, mostly in Bangkok, Mrs. Juthaporn said.

The TAT chief said that the agency advised tourists to engage in activities such as shopping and visiting tourist spots which not in the areas where protest demonstrations occur.

However, a number of international tourism agencies and airlines had canceled visits to Thailand due some tourist-oriented provincial airports being closed, she said, adding that information given to TAT’s overseas offices could improve the confidence level for tourism operators and tourists alike.

A report issued by Kasikorn Research Center said Thailand could lose as much as Bt70 billion in tourism revenue from foreign visitors if political unrest in the country continues into the fourth quarter of 2008.

The report said that violent demonstrations had already eroded confidence regarding safety among foreign tourists wishing to come to Thailand and that there are signs that Thailand could lose as much as Bt35 billion from tourist spending, even if the violence ends this month.

The kingdom earns about Bt600 billion annually from foreign tourist spending here. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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