Thai Government Encourage Tourism Return
After the events of the last few months, Thailand is facing an uphill battle to regain their once popular tourism reputation. The political violence that left 88 people dead and over 1,900 people injured has shattered the country’s image as the ‘Land of Smiles’. The violence also saw the destruction of 36 major buildings that were burnt down after anti-government protestors took to the streets. Over the last few months visitors to the country were urged to either modify their travel plans or cancel their holidays all together after the clashes prompted tourism boards around the world to raise the threat level to ‘red’. Tourists already in Thailand were advised to stay away from the main protest areas and keep a close eye on media information to ensure that they know what is happening.
The Thai government has estimated that the protests have cost the industry around $1.5 billion, for a country dependant on travel and tourism this is a devastating blow that will take time to be rectified. Now the violence is finally at an end the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has released a statement to encourage people to return to the once popular country. Within the statement the government detail the measures taken to ensure the safety and security of any visitors to the country. In a bid to boost tourist numbers the ministry is even offering free travel insurance to foreign visitors and a waiver of tourist fees until May 31st 2010. Hopefully this will help in bringing people back to Thailand.