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PATA and TAT move to reassure Bangkok tourists


Published on Mar 17, 2010

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have issued statement to reassure tourists and business travellers visiting Bangkok, in the wake of recent anti-government protests in the city. The two tourism bodies said that protests in Bangkok have not caused major disruption in the city, and that the city remains a safe destination for travellers. However, the statement did advise all foreign nationals to exercise caution and avoid those areas of the city where the protesters have gathered. The statement added that both Bangkok’s airports (Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi) are operating as normal, as are all other international and domestic airports in Thailand, and that tourist attractions, shopping malls and MICE venues are open for business.

PATA CEO, Greg Duffell, commented; “It is important for our industry friends and colleagues overseas to appreciate that the protests have not impacted in any major way upon our daily lives in Bangkok. Our message is clear and straightforward: if you have scheduled a holiday or business event in Thailand then there is no reason to change your plans. This country needs your support - and you will always be assured of a fantastic welcome in the‘land of the smiles’.”

The TAT is providing round-the- clock assistance to tourists via its 1672 hotline. Click here for full PATA/TAT statement.

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