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Posted by: thaiga
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:36:53 AM »

BANGKOK, Dec 22 - The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) today expressed concern that Thai tourism industry could be hit in the first quarter of next year if political demonstrations are prolonged.

ATTA president Sisdivachr Cheewarattanporn said he has closely monitored the Sunday protests with the huge turnout of demonstrators.

He admitted that the people have rights to express their voice under democratic system. But he raised concerns over foreign media coverage of the situation that could affect foreign tourists who are deciding whether to visit Thailand in the first quarter of next year, which coincides with the Chinese New Year celebration.

Under normal situations, he said, there would be a large number of tourists from China and other countries coming to celebrate the festival in Thailand.

Mr Sisdivachr said peaceful dialogue is the only solution to end the crisis and each side should take a step back, even if only a small one.

If all concerned parties insist on continuing with the situation like this, the country will be affected, given that as of now 39 countries have already issued travel advisories for their citizens.

MCOT online news

foreign media coverage of the situation that could affect foreign tourists - pass the buck here ;D