Tourist arrivals down at Suvarnabhumi

The number of foreign tourists arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport has dropped from an average 30,000 a day to 21,000 because of the prolonged and escalating anti-government rally, Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa said on Tuesday.

“The number of tourists arriving at Suvarnabhumi has notably dropped by 10,000 a day,” Mr Chumpol said.

Mr Chumpol said the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) had proposed a tourism crisis recovery plan to the government.

The plan is in parts – a public relations campaign, more cooperation with airlines and major foreign travel agencies, and marketing. About 600 million baht will be allocated for  a domestic marketing campaign and another 1.45 billion baht for overseas.

“The plan will be executed after the political situation returns to normal,” the minister said.

He said other tourism promotion measures, such as the free visa scheme o begin on Wednesday, were also expaected to boost tourist arrivals.

About 5,800 tourists from China were expeted to viisit Thailand from May 6 to 8, but if the political unrest continues many could well change their plans.

Economic figures should be out after the political rally ends, and the government would then be able help affected businesses, he said.

The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) has rallied at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong commercial district since April 3, demanding Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election.

Source: Bangkok Post, 26 April 2010

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