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Government to Create Confidence in Tourism amidst Political Demonstrations

November 15, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Government has listened to a report on the latest tourism situation in Thailand and will help create confidence in tourism amidst ongoing political demonstrations, especially in Bangkok.
Representatives of tourism-related organizations, led by President of the Tourism Council of Thailand Piyaman Tejapaibul, met Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House on 12 November 2013.

The tourism-related organizations believe that if the current political demonstrations take place in a limited area, they are unlikely to have a great impact on the tourism sector. A number of tourists have asked about the political demonstrations, as well. They see that, as long as there is no violence, they will not be concerned about the situation. Tourist arrivals in 2013 are expected to reach 26.3 million, bringing in 1.8 trillion baht.

The Prime Minister said that the Government would seek ways to help the tourism sector. She stressed that the Government would not use violence against demonstrators and that officials were told to take care of their safety. The Prime Minister also stated that the Government was ready to listen to the views of all groups.

According to updated political developments released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the demonstrations in Bangkok remain normal and are taking place primarily at Democracy Monument, Phan Fa Bridge, and Makkhawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Security has been stepped up at important places in the city.

Life in Bangkok and all other areas of Thailand continues as usual. Tourist attractions and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other provinces are not affected. While travelling within Bangkok, tourists are advised to check travel routes and traffic conditions and avoid areas where crowds are gathering. This is because there may be traffic disruptions or delays, thus causing inconvenience.

Given the large number of people attending rallies on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the areas near Government House and Parliament, roads around or within these areas may temporarily be closed to traffic. Tourists should not be alarmed by security presences and checkpoints in Bangkok. Police are deployed to provide security, and traffic police are also stepping up efforts to ensure normal traffic flow in the city.

Peaceful demonstrations held within the bounds of the law are not prohibited or obstructed. As a precautionary step to ensure order in Bangkok, the Cabinet has approved the use of the Internal Security Act in three districts – Dusit, Phra Nakhon, and Pom Prap Sattru Phai, or areas surrounding Government House and Parliament – until 30 November 2013.

In addition, the Ministry of Interior has authorized provincial governors to invoke the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act, where and when necessary, also as a precautionary measure to ensure law and order.

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