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Tourism leaders call for swift response to Bangkok bombings


Published on Feb 16, 2012

Bombing incidents in the Thai capital on Tuesday have prompted many nations to raise warnings against travel to the country, citing the threat of possible terrorist attacks. This has alarmed the tourism industry, which has called upon the government PR machine to rescue the country’s tourism image. Ittipan Khaolamai, head of the Ayutthaya Tourism Association's public relations service, told the Bangkok Post; “The government must quickly explain the situation to the foreign media because if the government is slow with its response, even for a day, it could be too late to get foreign tourists back here." The bombings in Bangkok follow terror alerts last month which had been quickly subdued by Thai authorities, and fiercely criticized by domestic travel operators. Though the security situation is once again heightened, life continues as normal across the city.

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