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Thailand tourism industry flips the switch to crisis mode for T day 26/02/2010

posted 25 Feb 2010, 00:23 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 25 Feb 2010, 00:30 ]
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Supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra demonstrate in front of Thailand's biggest bank, the Bangkok Bank last week, forcing it to close its headquarters one week before a court ruling on the fortune of the former premier.

With 27 countries issuing travel advisories for citizens planning to visit Thailand this weekend, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has its work cut out for it.

According to the Bangkok Post, the TAT will use its crisis management centre to monitor the impact of Friday's court ruling on whether ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's 76 billion baht in frozen assets should be seized.

Though no countries have outright banned travel to Thailand, the advisories reflect different levels of concern. “China, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, and Macau have circulated the lightest advisories, simply asking people to be alert to the situation,” says the Post. 


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