TAT thanks Australian travel industry for ‘unbending support’ during Thailand’s political turmoil

Issues & Trends – June 2014

TAT thanks Australian travel industry for ‘unbending support’
during Thailand’s political turmoil

TOURISM Authority of Thailand director Australia, Numfhon Boonyawat, has extended her personal thanks to her Australian travel industry colleagues for what she described as “their unbending support” during the recent unrest in Thailand.

Boonyawat said the Thai tourism industry has suffered in recent weeks but none the less all the signs pointed towards a swift recovery and the national tourist office was now focusing on addressing an agenda designed to re-stimulate the local market.

This, she said, was intended to revolve around a campaign designed to motivate Australians into travelling to Thailand while at the same time drawing further attention to the incredible value the destination offers to travellers.

Boonyawat took the opportunity to once again assure that it is very much a case of business as usual in Thailand, the “short-lived” night time curfew imposed in recent weeks having been completely lifted across the country.

Echoing her head office counter-parts in Bangkok she said the lifting of the curfew underlined the situation in the country was calm and everyday life was going on as normal for both visitors and local residents.

“This very positive development has reassured everyone planning to come to Thailand that our bargain shopping, dining and nightlife attractions are operating just the same as ever before and we are waiting for them with open arms,” she said.

Boonyawat said the Australian travel industry support had been mirrored internationally as evidenced by the huge turnout at the recent Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) in Bangkok which was attended by 343 buyers including 26 Australians.

This event and the strong attendance, she said, had sent a strong message to the international travel community that the current situation in Thailand did not pose any threat to tourists and the destination was still on track to attract more than 30 million visitor arrivals in 2014.

“The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is extremely aware of how important tourism is to our country and continues to both encourage and show very positive support to help the industry,” she said.  



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