The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is still confident of achieving its target of 28.1 million visitors this year despite the continuous drop of international arrivals due to the current political unrest.
Thailand’s economic infrastructure is interlinked with tourism, as a vital source of revenue. The country saw an jump in interest among people from China, among many other nations, since 2012. During that time, tourism flourished and Thais outside of Bangkok benefited from the industry.
The Caretaker Government must do more to enable the industry to salvage from disaster. The street violence spurred by the mob protests and violence have created setbacks for the tourism industry in the city.
It will be a challenge because the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is not helping the situation in their city as they continue providing support to the neo-fascist mob. The Governor’s hesitation to ensure a safe city for tourists has drawn harsh criticism from the inhabitants of Bangkok and the expatriate groups.