Thailand mitigates tourism threats

Thailand mitigates tourism threats

The Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) is preparing a response plan to mitigate the potential impact of the Europeandebt crisis, widespread flooding in Thailandand recent bombings in the restive south.

The agency still expects Europeanarrivals to grow over the coming months, but is concerned about slowingarrivals from key markets. The UK,Italy and Spainare particularly vulnerable to the region’s economic woes and this will affectoutbound tourism from these countries. It is expected to focus on niche marketssuch as golf, green and medical tourism to entice travellers.

Key touristocations including Ayutthaya have been affected by recent flooding and travelwarnings have been raised in the far south of Thailand after a series ofbombings. Four car bombs were set off on 16 September, kissing four and leavingmore than 100 injured. TAT expects the effects to be short-lived and is confidenttourism levels will return.

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