Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thailand's tourist arrivals down 14 pct

Writer: BangkokPost.com

Published: 26/09/2009 at 02:51 PM

The number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand over the first eight months of this year dropped 14.1 per cent from the same period last year to only 8.9 million, deputy spokesman of the Democrat Party, Atthawit Suwanphakdee, said on Saturday.

Mr Athhawat attributed the declining to impacts of the Songkran riots by the anti-government red-shirts in April and the pandemic of the A (H1N1) flu virus.

However, he was confident that the situation of the tourism sector will improve in the fourth quarter of the year as the number of foreign arrivals is increasing.

He called on both the red and yellow-shirt people groups to think of the country and refrain from rallies that could worsen the country’s ailing economy.

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