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Thailand steps up security at key locations throughout the country

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Following explosions in public areas in some provinces during 11-12 August, 2016, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed local authorities to step up security at key locations throughout Thailand as preventive measure and to ensure safety and security for business travelers and local residents.

These Incidents are currently under police investigation. And while it is not yet known who is behind the blasts, or if the attacks are linked, an investigation is in process. Meanwhile planned events and business events activities continue in Thailand as the nation celebrated the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Mother’s Day today (12 August, 2016).

International stakeholders are advised that Thailand’s MICE industry continues to operate as normal, and all public and private sector stakeholders are working together to monitor the situation. All hotels, venues and attractions are open and ready to welcome business travellers. Transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate, including Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports. However business travellers are advised to prepare adequate travelling time to avoid getting caught in traffic due to large movements of people during this long-weekend holiday period.

As the government’s flagship body for the MICE sector, TCEB is monitoring and assessing the business events situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, TCEB would like to encourage business travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their business trips accordingly.

Should travellers require any further information, please call TCEB office: +66 (0) 2694 6000, TCEB call centre at 1105 (within Thailand only), visit www.tceb.or.th or contact [email protected],or contact these relevant authorities:

• Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Centre 1672

• Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline +66 (0) 2644 7245 / 2643 5522 / 85 065 9927

• Tourist Police Hotline 1155

• Suvarnabhumi International Airport +66 (0) 2132 4000

• Don Muang International Airport +66 (0) 2535 1616

• THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111