Stabbing 'sent shockwaves through tourism industry'
PHUKET: Andrew J Wood, President of Skal International Thailand, says that the violent death of travel agent Michelle Smith, “has sent shockwaves throughout the tourism industry here in Thailand and overseas”.
Sunday 24 June 2012, 10:42AM
Writing in a message of condolence to Yvonne Mancell, Acting Secretary General for Skal International headquarters, regarding the death of Mrs Smith, while she was on a travel agents’ familiarisation trip to Thailand, Mr Wood said, “The tragic events in Phuket recently has sent shockwaves throughout the tourism industry here in Thailand and overseas.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Michelle Smith’s family and friends in Australia. Words can never fully express our sorrow and shock following the violent attack on Michelle and her industry colleagues.
“The Thai government announced yesterday that it is an urgent priority for the police to investigate this murder and to find those responsible quickly.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s loved ones, and it is our sincere belief that the authorities will apprehend the two suspects very soon.”
Phuket has suffered a cluster of frightening events this month. In addition to the killing of Mrs Smith, two Canadian sisters were found dead in mysterious circumstances on Phi Phi island on June 15; a British tourist was hospitalised after being slashed by youths the same night as Mrs Smith died; and an Australian Muay Thai fighter was badly hurt in what his parents believe was a brutal robbery on June 8.