PTA President Sathirapong Na Takuathoong delivered the news to a meeting of high-ranking police with 15 envoys in Phuket to discuss the steps taken to bolster security in the Andaman tourism stronghold. (See story here.)
“The bombings in Patong and other provinces has had a small effect on tourism. We have seen some cancellations, but after a week since the incident, business has bounced back to normal. There are no more immediate cancellations and the tourists are back,” he said.
“Overall, tourism is good,” Mr Sathirapong said.
“It is still the tourism low season, but room bookings are holding at about 70-80 per cent. The number one tourist segment is still the Chinese, and Russians are second, which is good news. The Russians are coming back,” he added.
However, Mr Sathirapong called on authorities to step up their efforts to prevent further such attacks.
“We must find a way to prevent such incidents from happening and to rebuild the trust among tourists,” he said.
“Tourism business operators, hotel operators, restaurant owners and others will assist officials to provide security for tourists. We will train our staff to be vigilant and to monitor our areas, and to report anything suspicious,” Mr Sathirapong explained.
Royal Thai Police Deputy Commander Gen Wuthi Liptapallop, who headed the meeting the yesterday, noted, “We are concerned about the safety of tourists, so we held this meeting today with all involved. We want all consuls and honorary consuls in Phuket to trust local officials that they are doing their best to provide maximum security to all.
“According to reports from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the bombings have had no effect on Phuket tourism at all and tour operators have confirmed that the number of tourists (coming to Thailand) has not decreased since the attacks,” Gen Wuthi added.
“However, the one thing that needs to improve is communication and providing updated information to all. I have called on Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat to take of this issue,” he added.