Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says 97 per cent of tourist attractions nationwide are safe from floods.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is no longer advising against “all but essential” travel to Thailand which hit Bangkok and many surrounding areas, as the situation eases and tourists are encouraged to visit the main attractions.
In a statement issued by Thailand’s tourist board (TAT), approximately 40 of Thailand’s 1,200 tourist attractions – or around 3% of the country’s key tourist attractions, have been affected.
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“At TAT, our hearts go out to all the Thai people affected by the flood,” said TAT Governor, Suraphon Svetasreni. “All Thais are pulling together to help each other and the country has received generous support from many countries, especially the people of China. The flood waters are receding in the central provinces, all the way down to Ayutthaya, and the cleanup has begun. The remaining floodwaters in the affected parts of Bangkok and the surrounding provinces are expected to be clear within the next four to six weeks.”
TAT says that other tourist attractions and destinations outside of Thailand’s central provinces are experiencing normal conditions and continue welcoming visitors, including top destinations Pattaya, Phuket, Rayong and Chiang Mai, and other popular areas including Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Surat Thani and Ko Samui very much open to visitors and operating normally.
Meanwhile, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, welcoming a record fleet of boats and over 1,000 sailors from around the world to compete in Asia’s largest regatta, from 3 December to 10 December at Kata Beach.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main gateway to Thailand for international flights, is not affected by the flood. All flights continue operating as per usual. The airport, which has considerable water management and flood prevention measures, serves over 800 flights per day. There were more than 958,000 international visitor arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport during October 2011, an increase of 6.7 per cent over the previous year. Connecting flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to other airports to other destinations within Thailand are operating normally.
Phuket International Airport had 40,500 arrivals during 16 November, a 40 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Tourism for the country is more important than ever this year following the flooding, as the industry plays a vital role in sustaining the country’s economy and providing employment.
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