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Boosting Tourist Confidence in Thailand’s Current Situation

May 29, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Tourism-related agencies have been urged to boost tourist confidence by explaining to international tourists the normal situation following political changes in Thailand.

The issue was a topic of discussion at a meeting of agencies responsible for social and psychological works, chaired by Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Admiral Narong Pipatanasai, in his capacity as Deputy Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Admiral Narong said that, since the tourism sector had been affected by the political situation, clear explanations should be made about the real situation, namely that life in Thailand continues as usual with no violence. Thailand is a safe place to visit and it is ready to protect visitors. When the situation improves, martial law and the curfew will be revoked.
NCPO has announced that, starting from 28 May 2014, a nationwide curfew will be between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Air passengers with arrival and departure flights scheduled during curfew are allowed to travel to and from the airports at any time as usual.

Thailand remains a popular and welcoming tourist destination, with all tourist attractions and infrastructure operating as normal. This state of normalcy exists even though the country is now experiencing rapid changes in political developments, being under the administration of NCPO as of 22 May 2014.

NCPO Leader General Prayut Chan O-Cha stated that Thailand was facing serious problems that the normal democratic processes could not solve. Genuine democracy would be brought to the nation after the introduction of political, social, and economic reform. As reported widely in local and international media, Thai military troops were seen exercising restraint when confronted with anti-coup demonstrators.

NCPO took swift actions in several areas, including the approval for payments to be made immediately to rice farmers under the rice-pledging scheme, launched by the previous government. The NCPO leader has assigned each army command area to establish a reconciliation center to reduce conflicts and divisions between the people. The centers will be venues where people will be able to exchange their views and to receive information on the progress of efforts to solve national problems. It will prevent the distorting of information, which might create misunderstanding between the people.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will proceed with its plan to hold the Thailand Travel Mart 2014 Plus, the country’s largest travel industry business-to-business event, between 4 and 6 June at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province.

TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said, “In spite of the current political situation, we are very pleased that many buyers and sellers are still assured to attend the event. This is a major vote of confidence in Thailand, the quality of our tourism products and services, and the determination of the travel trade to go on with business as usual.”

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