After several weeks of flooding throughout parts of the central region of Thailand, many areas are now clear of floodwaters.
While still advising “caution” while travelling to Thailand, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office is no longer advising against “all but essential” travel to the country. Bangkok and many of the surrounding areas are still experiencing flooding, with as many as 530 deaths reported as a result.
Receding floodwaters north of Bangkok have reduced the threat to the Thai capital, prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said, easing pressure on the national tourism industry there.“If things go on like this, we expect floodwater in Bangkok to recede within the first week of November,” Shinawatra told the country in a televised address.
Officials at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office have begun to warn against “all but essential” travel to the Thai capital of Bangkok as flooding worsens. A further 26 provinces in Thailand are also affected by flooding, with hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars worth of damage reported across the country.
Flood waters in the Thai capital of Bangkok have breached barriers at Don Muang Airport forcing it to close. Hundreds of local residents who had been sheltering in the terminal building of the domestic airport have also been evacuated.
Over the past several weeks, seasonal rains that are heavier than usual have resulted in widespread flooding in Thailand.
Asia’s role in leading the global travel and tourism recovery has been acknowledged at a gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards in Bangkok. VIPs, senior tourism leaders, captains of industry and international media travelled from over 30 nations across the region to attend the WTA Asia & Australasia Ceremony 2011 at Dusit Thani Bangkok.
Led by growth from Australia and Europe, the value of foreign golf tourism to Thailand may reach $US2 billion in 2012 for the first time. The strength of Thai golf tourism will be acknowledged later at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony.
As the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia ceremony gets underway in Bangkok, Thailand - Breaking Travel News has put together a round up of some of the impressive developments taking place accross the country.
Tourism is one of the most important industries in Thailand, with targets for international visitors in 2012 set at 19.5 million by the Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) which which would generate revenue of approximately 760 billion Baht (US$24.85 billion USD).
In recent years, Thailand has emerged as one of Asia’s most popular spa destinations, with its traditional ancient healing techniques that draw visitors from all over the world.