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Countries issuing Thailand travel warnings now rise to 28

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BANGKOK: -- The Tourism Authority of Thailand said that five more countries have issued warning to their citizens on travels to Thailand.

TAT board chairperson Miss Pensuda Prai-aram said that the latest warning by five countries raised total countries which have issued travel warnings to 28 from earlier 23.

The five new countries are Russia, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

But she said that warning of these countries were just at Level 2 which means they only advised their citizens to avoid going close to areas where protests are held.

She said the TAT has also assessed three assumptions regarding the protests.

First she said, if the protest ends by end of this month, tourist arrivals will meet the projected target of 26.1 million people and a projected revenue of 1.17 trillion baht.

However the second assumption was that if warning of these countries are raised to Level 5 or prohibiting their citizens to visit Thailand, then tourist arrivals this month will decline instantly by 8-10% with growth of just 7% or 25.5 million tourists, a drop of 650,000 tourists from the projected 13% growth and the expected loss 25 billion baht in revenue.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/countries-issuing-thailand-travel-warnings-now-rise-28/

-- Thai PBS 2013-11-28

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I was at the airport this morning to catch (ZH 9004) the early flight to Shenzhen. The airport was almost empty. No more than 50 people in the whole departure hall. It is true. No queue no nothing. Almost haunted.

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"But she said that warning of these countries were just at Level 2"

That should be high enough to scare many or even most tourists away. Doesn't sound like a perfect holiday to be in the middle of a few hundred of thousand protesters. Worse yet they might end up in the middle of a violent clash between opposing sides or police.

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There are no warnings, only advisory!

There simply is no need for any country at this stage to issue travel warnings!

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No travel warning from USA - just a statement to stay away from protest areas and keep an eye on your surroundings.

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Thailand is losing the tourist's and foreign investor's interest one by one. They will soon feel the economical impact because they don't value what they have now.

I hope Thailand will wake up asap and realize what they are doing. Maybe it has to happen that countries will go with their warnings to level 4 or five. But for economy and the Baht it wiil be too late then.

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Just keep away from the center and go to the nice places, you can fly all over Thailand,

go and experience the real culture, the north of Thai is at its best now lovely flowers and scenery

many places to go ,enjoy yourself,enjoy Thailand

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