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Record tourism growth for Thailand still achievable: TCT

Despite the military coup in Thailand, the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) says inbound tourism to the country could still experience record growth this year – if a new government is put in place quickly.


With tourism numbers to Thailand no doubt affected by the latest coup to hit the country, TCT has stressed the importance of forming a new government as soon as possible to lure back tourists discouraged by recent events, The Nation reported.


“We need to have a new government as soon as we possible. If not, there would be nobody to deal with and we eventually would suffer a greater negative impact," said Pornthip Hirunkate, vice-president of Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).


Although the Australian government has not yet recommended Aussie tourists reconsider their need to travel to Thailand, Ms Hirunkate said “more than 50 nations have already issued travel warnings to avoid visiting the country”.


“Furthermore, tourists, even from long-haul markets like the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and some other Europe countries, have postponed their trips.”


According to Asia News Network, the council said next month's Thailand Travel Mart in Bangkok would be an opportunity for the country to restore confidence in the destination.


With a military-sanctioned curfew in place, tourists in all parts of the country must return to their accommodation before 10pm and not leave again until after 5am.


However, authorities have advised that the curfew will not apply if travelling to or from an airport.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 26 May 2014

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