Bangkok bombing has “limited impact” on tourism

Measures put in place to bring swift recovery, officials say
The impact of the recent Bangkok bombing on tourist arrivals will only be brief, Thailand’s tourism ministry officials are saying.
The Thai government has acknowledged a blip in arrivals since the bombing, but it expects that measures being put in place will bring a swift recovery.
“The incident has had an impact, but it is limited, as hotel bookings and reservations are still good up till the end of the year,” Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports, said at a press conference in Bangkok.
Daily arrivals at all of the country’s international airports were at 85,000 until August 17, when a bomb exploded at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. This fell to 70,000, which was still 10% higher than the same rate last year, the ministry said.
Conference arrivals during the August 1-23 period reached 2.1 million, up 31.7% from the same period in 2014.
Officials are emphasising moves taken to stabilise the market, such as 4,000 more security officers stationed at public places in Bangkok and improved use of technology such as CCTV.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau confirmed that a total of 72 MICE events with more than 76,000 delegates will proceed as planned between now and October. The travel trade event IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2015 is scheduled to run from September 29 to October 1.
TTG Asia


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