Terrorist Attacks in Thailand Force Government to Reassure Travel and Event Organisers
There have been a recent spate of bombings and attacks across Thailand over the last 12 months. From the large bomb which was said to have targeted Chinese tourists at a shrine in Bangkok to the recent bombs in Hua Hin, Phuket and southern border area.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have stepped in to try and assure travellers that the nation will remain safe and welcoming for all visitors. A campaign has been organised to ensure visitors are well informed through the Situation Monitoring Centre. They’ve also tried to galvanize local communities to host tourists and encourage local Thais to wear a whit-yellow ribbon as a symbol of peace and unity.
TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that, “We want to show that Thailand and the Thai people genuinely care for the well-being of all tourists. And we want tourists to know that by visiting Thailand, they’ll make memorable travel memories and enjoy experiences that will entice them to return time after time,” said
Thailand’s economy relies on a significant proportion of its revenues coming from tourism. The tourism industry has as a whole proved to be resilient in the face of the attacks and recent military government take over of politics. Yuthasak said in a statement that they expect in the region 100,000 to 200,000 travel cancellations due to the recent attacks and, “That would cost about 5.08 billion baht (US$146.6 million) to 10.16 billion baht,” he said.
The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports does however remain confident in reaching its target of 2.4 trillion baht (US$69.3 billion) of tourism revenue in 2016.