Tourism in Bangkok continues despite shutdown threats from protesters

Published on : Friday, January 10, 2014

Thailand3The Thai capital will continue to remain open for business for tourists despite threats of a shutdown by anti-government protesters, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) promised.

Demonstrators against the government have threatened to shut down the city by blocking all main roads in Bangkok from Monday, January 13, ahead of general elections due on February 2.

But the TAT has reassured travellers that ‘much of the city will still be open for business and accessible, both for locals and tourists.’

Despite road closures, special lanes will be provided for tourist buses and protesters have promised not to disrupt public infrastructure, including city buses and vans, water-transport, BTS skytrain, MRT subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link.

The city’s main attractions and historical sights, including the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, will be open as normal, as will shops and banks, the TAT confirmed.
The worsening political situation and impending protests have seen tourism in the Thai capital affected since November, with the TAT estimating a four to five per cent decline in visitor numbers for the first quarter of 2014 if demonstrations continued.

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