Tourism Authority of Thailand Looks to the Future

Tourism Authority of Thailand logo

The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently released an official statement on the TAT website letting potential travelers know that even though recent events have been cause for concern the situation is returning to normal. In his address below he goes on to state that recent events only took place in a few areas and just a small part of Bangkok.

The Governor also states that TAT is already implementing plans to regain visitor confidence. Thailand has already extended free tourist visas until March 31, 2011 that come with riot insurance. I’m curious to see what else they can roll out to bring the tourists back. Free multiple entry O visas would be nice, perhaps selfish on my part, but nice none the less.

Recent events haven’t had much affect on those of us that Love Thailand and were making plans anyway but I have a feeling it will be a while until the casual traveler has Thailand on their radar again. Hopefully things will remain calm but as they say,  ” This is Thailand” , and it’s anyone’s guess where we will go from here.

Message from The Governor of The Tourism Authority of Thailand

Thailand: Welcoming you

Sawasdee krub,

Recently, events in Thailand have caused concern among potential visitors worldwide. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) advises travelers that the situation here is returning to normal. More importantly, the events of the past few weeks only took place in a few areas of the country. Major tourist destinations outside of Bangkok, and most of the city itself, were not affected.

Over the last 50 years, the TAT has helped to build Thailand into one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The things that make Thailand so appealing to visitors – our unique culture, natural attractions from mountains and beaches, incomparable value, and the welcoming hospitality of Thai people – have not changed. The country’s transportation infrastructure is fully operational. Tourism operators throughout Thailand are ready and waiting to offer visitors exceptional holiday experiences.

With a strong commitment to the travel and tourism sector, the TAT will do our utmost to restore Thailand’s position as one of world’s favorite destinations. We are already implementing plans to regain visitor confidence. The TAT will let the world know that we warmly welcome everybody to Amazing Thailand.

All of us at the TAT thank you for your encouragement and concern during the recent events. We look forward to your continued support in spreading our heartfelt feelings and hope to see you in Thailand again soon


Suraphon Svetasreni

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

8 Comment(s)

  1. ‘Major tourist destinations outside of Bangkok, and most of the city itself, were not affected’

    Ah. As long as everyone likes the idea of being back in their abodes by curfew, sure.

    And I won’t bring up the continued threats… nope… not me. Not going there.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: A Rose (??????) by Any Other Name =-.

    Catherine | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. Theres only one problem with TAT, and the Government themselves is that they dont directly control the Thai customs and Immigration Bureau.

    Over the last 12 months in Thailand I was in a position where several times I was covered under visa extensions and waiver programs issued by TAT and the Government, needless to say I have ended up paying fees, surcharges, tea money and have even been deboarded from an international flight and charged additional fees even though I had met all criteria for the waivers and extensions and passed through all immigration before someone decided that I needed to pay a fee that was previously waived.

    Until there are fresh elections and a Government with the balls to tackle the inneptitude and corruption I will continue to believe nothing will change and Thailand needs to be viewed accordingly.

    Lloyd | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. Although many destinations in Thailand remain unaffected by the current political crisis, the situation remains volatile because the two sides are about equally split in strength. If no suitable compromise is reached, it could lead to wider social unrest, crippling the Thai tourism industry.

    Thai Songs | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. Cat, you just made me chuckle. I wouldn’t mind being back in my abode by curfew as I have someone to keep me occupied…well, as long as I don’t piss her off.

    Talen | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  5. Lloyd, even with fresh elections and no corruption there would still be the quirky nature of getting things done in Thailand.

    Talen | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thai, I think the Thai tourism is just about crippled now but you are correct in that the situation still remains volatile. Hopefully things will get better soon.

    Talen | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. Oh no. Cannot piss a lady off! (not a good move in Thailand ;-)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Review: Learn Thai Podcast Relaunches! =-.

    Catherine | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  8. The last financial crisis also affected the tourism industries around the world. Now we recover from it any additional issues can burn the potential of any (even the most popular) tourist destination in the world.

    Siju | Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.