Thailand Urges Tourism Agencies to Boost Visitors’ Confidence

Bangkok, May 28 (QNA) – Thailand today urged tourism agencies to boost tourist confidence by spreading the message ‘the country is safe to visit’ following the imposition of martial law and curfew.

A meeting of agencies chaired by Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Admiral Narong Pipatanasai, in his capacity as Deputy Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) discussed tourism issues, Thailand government Public Relations department said today.

Admiral Narong told the meeting to amplify the message ‘life in Thailand continues as usual with no violence’ since tourism is affected by the political situation.

“Thailand is a safe place to visit and it is ready to protect visitors. When the situation improves, martial law and the curfew will be revoked,” he said.

Starting today, a nationwide curfew will be effective between 1 am and 4am, the NCPO announced. Air passengers with arrival and departure flights scheduled during curfew can travel to and from the airports at any time as usual.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has said it will proceed with its plan to hold the Thailand Travel Mart 2014 Plus, the country’s largest travel industry business-to-business event, between June 4 and 6 June at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province.

TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said, “In spite of the current political situation, we are very pleased that many buyers and sellers are still assured to attend the event. This is a major vote of confidence in Thailand, the quality of our tourism products and services, and the determination of the travel trade to go on with business as usual.” (QNA)

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