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Big Events Being Planned to Restore Tourist Confidence in Bangkok

January 27, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1420100855pThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to organize big events to restore tourist confidence once the political situation in Bangkok eases.
The events will be held at the venues where mass rallies have taken place, such as Ratchadamnoen and Ratchaprasong roads.

As part of a proactive campaign, TAT will also invite foreign tour agencies and members of the international media to visit Thailand after the situation in Bangkok returns to normal. It still maintains that Thailand’s tourism income will reach the target of 2.2 trillion baht by 2015, with an emphasis on creating a quality market base and expanding the niche market.

Regarding the ongoing anti-government demonstrators’ occupation of the Bangkok’s downtown areas, TAT has announced that all tourist assistance measures are still in place. The occupation has been carried out by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee since 13 January 2014.

TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik reiterated that all authorities involved and relevant private organizations continue to work hand in hand to ensure safety and convenience for all tourists to Bangkok.

The tourist assistance measures, which have been lined up and operating prior to 13 January 2014 are still in place. For instance, the Tourist’s Friend Center (TFC) – operated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in conjunction with TAT – remains open 24 hours a day to offer assistance for tourists. There are two TFC branches located at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport and four TFC Help Desks, located at the BTS Skytrain Siam, Phaya Thai, Ekkamai, and Sala Daeng stations.

In addition, there are three TFC Shuttle Bus Pick-up Point, located at the Jewelry Trade Tower, Windsor Suites Hotel, and Twin Towers Hotel. Each location has one bus, two vans, and one boat on standby.

Meanwhile, a number of rapid Tourist Police units and 50 volunteers are on standby to assist tourists who may need to travel through the demonstration areas. Apart from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and TAT, the TFC has coordinated with the Tourist Police, the Immigration Bureau, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the Railway Police Unit, the Tourism Council of Thailand, the Thai Hotels Association (THA), the Road Passenger Transport Association, and the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA).

Suvarnabhumi Airport continues to operate the Airport Operation Center, offering assistance for passengers at check-in counter row R, Departure Hall, 4th floor of the Passenger Terminal. The Airport also deploys a group of facilitation personnel from TAT, ATTA, and THA to assist passengers near the Airports of Thailand (AOT) Information Counter, Arrival Hall, 2nd floor of the Passenger Terminal.

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