Thailand aims to minimise ‘mourning’ impact on booming tourism

For 2016, Thailand has a target of 33 million international tourists of which India accounts for 1.10 million.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published:October 22, 2016 5:32 pm
thailand, thailand king death, thai king death, thailand king died, thailand mourning period, Bhumibol Adulyadej death, thailand news, indian express news Thai people light candles outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand as some thousands of Thai mourners thronged to the palace complex where the body of King Bhumibol Adulyadej was kept to pay their respects. (AP Photo)

Thailand is trying to minimise the impact of year-long national mourning for the passing away of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on tourism, which contributes directly and indirectly to almost a fifth of their annual GDP.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was busy communicating extensively to the tourists about certain restrictions that required to be followed during the period as in the festive holidays lot of Indians make outbound travel.

“Major tourists attractions are operating normally except of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace as they will be the venue for royal funeral rites,” TAT India director Isra Stapanaseth said on Saturday.

The tourists are also advised to wear respectable attire in public. The tourism department believes though the restrictions are for a brief period, overall number of tourist inflow will continue to grow.

For 2016, Thailand has a target of 33 million international tourists of which India accounts for 1.10 million.

The King passed away on October 13 and the country wants tourists to refrain from boisterous performance and outdoor entertainments at least for a month, till mid-November, before TAT reviews the situation and gives fresh guidelines.

Many Indian wedding receptions take place in Thailand and they can continue if held indoor, the TAT India director said.