PATA: Tourists undeterred by Bangkok blasts

In the wake of a series of New Year’s Eve explosions in and around Bangkok, and one at a mosque in Chiang Mai, PATA members are reporting that most of their guests are continuing with their travel plans in Thailand.As of yesterday, feedback from key tour operators, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) overseas offices and some hoteliers indicated minimal cancellations. PATA will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days and weeks to assess the impact of the bombings on forward bookings.
   
PATA President and CEO Mr Peter de Jong condemned the attacks as cowardly and senseless and urged the Thai Government to move quickly to apprehend the parties responsible. “We encourage people who were planning to travel to the Kingdom to continue with their plans,” he said.
    “We believe that these were isolated attacks and do not find it necessary to postpone any planned trips to Bangkok,” said Asian Trails Managing Director Mr Roger Haumueller. He said that clients in Bangkok were unaffected by the bombs and none of them wanted to alter their programmes.
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