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Situation normal in Thailand as people refuse to let recent incidents affect their weekend

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13Aug2016_Bangkok02-Erawan-Shrine-1-500x300The situation is normal in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand as everyday life continues despite the recent explosions in some of the country’s southern provinces. Tourist attractions, shopping malls and restaurants nationwide are attracting large numbers of people, determined to make the most of the long weekend.

Thai people and visitors are celebrating the 84th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on 12 August, also the National Mother’s Day. Thailand’s cities and tourist attractions are reportedly as busy as usual. There is an increased security presence at all major attractions and shopping areas as well as in airports and train stations, to ensure the safety of tourists and locals.

Crowds bustled around Ratchadamri’s famous Erawan Shine to make offerings and enjoy the atmosphere.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said “We are pleased to report that the recent attacks in Thailand’s south have not massively impacted on people’s determination to enjoy the weekend and the delights of the kingdom. We are ensuring the safety of visitors by stepping up security nationwide and want everyone to know that it’s business as normal in Thailand. The strong spirit of the Thai people won’t allow these attacks to stop them living their lives and enjoying the sanuk for which the nation is famous.”

All planned tourist and business events and festivals are still going ahead and the message is that Thailand is very much open to business. The international tourist organisation UNWTO has expressed confidence in the safety of Thailand as a tourist destination and will be hosting World Tourism Day in Bangkok on 27 September as scheduled. The WTTC Summit in April 2017 will also be going ahead as planned.

The TAT wants to reassure all tourists that their safety is the highest priority and that everything is being done to ensure the people behind the recent attacks are apprehended. 

To see pictures of the situation normal in Bangkok on 13 August 2016, please click here.