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The current and long-term outlook for Thailand’s tourism sector remains uncertain as political instability persists. Although the Tourism Authority of Thailand said that the “overall situation in Bangkok remained calm” in key areas during the Thai New Year holidays (April 13-15), the Federation of Thai Tourism Association reported a 30 percent drop in Bangkok’s hotel occupancy compared to the same time last year.
“This is a country where politics are raucous and protests are commonplace. The [events] have shaken the Thai people, no question. But, from a tourist perspective, things will recover quickly. They always have,” said Mark Siegel, CEO of Golfasian Co. Ltd., a Bangkok-based golf tour operator.
On April 20, MSNBC reported that some Bangkok hotels — including Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel and the InterContinental Bangkok — have asked guests to leave to avoid possible violence erupting too close for comfort. The Four Seasons Bangkok remained open at press time but closed all four of its restaurants; hardly a soul could be seen in the hotel lobby.
Tourism Authority of Thailandwww.tourismthailand.org