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    Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is going all out to explain about political turmoil in Thailand to restore tourist confidence in visiting the kingdom, according to a senior TAT official.

    TAT deputy governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa said the tourism agency closely monitored political unrest which might impact tourism and had coordinated with its overseas offices so that they could explain the situation in the country to intending foreign tourists.

    A random survey was conducted and over 50 per cent of Thai tourists said the unrest did not affect their tourism plans because their travel destinations were not close to sites of possible unrest, mostly in Bangkok, Mrs Juthaporn said.

    The TAT chief said that the agency advised tourists to engage in activities such as shopping and visiting tourist spots which not in the areas where protest demonstrations occur.

    However, a number of international tourism agencies and airlines had canceled visits to Thailand due some tourist-oriented provincial airports being closed, she said, adding that information given to TAT's overseas offices could improve the confidence level for tourism operators and tourists alike.

    A report issued by Kasikorn Research Center said Thailand could lose as much as Bt70 billion in tourism revenue from foreign visitors if political unrest in the country continues into the fourth quarter of 2008.

    The report said that violent demonstrations had already eroded confidence regarding safety among foreign tourists wishing to come to Thailand and that there are signs that Thailand could lose as much as Bt35 billion from tourist spending, even if the violence ends this month.

    The kingdom earns about Bt600 billion annually from foreign tourist spending here. (TNA)

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Post
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is going all out to explain about political turmoil in Thailand to restore tourist confidence in visiting the kingdom, according to a senior TAT official.
    Yes, but are they explaining to the right people? We wrote to the TAT the other day to ask for up-to-date information as far as airport closure and train strikes go. I expalined to them we have thousands of visitors every day to our guidebook websites and many people are talking about cancelling. Mainly because of the uncertainty. I received no reply from them so far.

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    It will be interested to learn how TAT will go about this "going all out to explain about the political turmoil".
    Handing out leaflets to jet-lagged new arrivals at the airports which will be instantly lost, binned or refused as believed to be commercial junk? Vague statements on their websites? Confused explanations at TAT offices world wide?
    Or -more likely-a mass e-mail to all the foreign embassies-(any replies ignored)?

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    The kingdom earns about Bt600 billion annually from foreign tourist spending here. (TNA)

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    Wow, that's a significant amount of money from tourism.

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    I once went in to a TAToffice in Chiangmai to ask about some tours. The woman behind the counter was so insolent and rude I couldn't believe it. She was presumably there to help tourists but she just answered "don't know" to my questions without even a hint of a smile and offered no further help. It was the first and last time I will ever have anything to do with TAT.
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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by InterestedGuy08 View Post
    Wow, that's a significant amount of money from tourism.
    I believe it's Thailand's second biggest industry.

    As far as a TAT workers attitude, if anyone fonds a helpful, cheerful, friendly government worker, let me know. I'd like to experience that for a change!

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by InterestedGuy08 View Post
    Wow, that's a significant amount of money from tourism.
    It`s Thailands biggest source of income

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by sunderlandstephen View Post
    It`s Thailands biggest source of income


    I find this interesting. In my opinion it's almost like Thai tourism officials and powers to be take the revenue stream from tourism for granted, and only pay lip service to public statements about explaining unrest to foreigners. It's a weird form of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it.'

    There are plenty of other issues regarding tourism that many have an issue with, such as deceptive dual pricing and a myriad of scams, yet no one cares about these, because the tourists will still keep coming. No matter how you try to warn about these scams, tourists keep getting scammed, and most important, the tourists keep coming year after year. Unless it's some huge catastrophical event or tourists suddenly stop coming, I don't think anyone takes these things seriously.

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    Re: Tourism official to 'explain' unrest to foreigners

    > It`s Thailands biggest source of income

    tourism accounts for 6% of GDP.
    nevertheless, InterestedGuy08 is right.

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