Upcoming Thai political rally not an issue for concern

THE ASSOCIATION of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has told members to recommend tourists to reroute, instead of cancel, their trips to other Thai destinations with direct international air links, if they were concerned over the situation in Bangkok.

  22/02/2010 09:57

The directive from ATTA president Surapol Sritrakul was in response to concerns that travel advisories on Thailand recently issued or stepped up by 18 countries might stop tourists from travelling to the kingdom.

The advisories highlighted the political instability in Thailand, over news of an upcoming large political gathering on February 26 by red-shirted supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thai Hotels Association president Prakit Chinamourphong said: “The gathering will just be a normal political gathering, which can occur in any other democratic country. It will not affect tourists.”

Meanwhile, Tourism Council of Thailand secretary-general Pornthip Hirunkate said an Australian media outlet misquoted her as saying that Australians should consider avoiding Bangkok.

“What I meant was that Australians could now travel direct to Phuket with more air links recently launched, if they were concerned about the (planned gathering on February 26) situation in Bangkok,” she said.

(Sources: Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok)


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