Thailand’s military coup back in May led to quite a bit of concern and uncertainty for tourists. Indeed, tourism is down year-over-year.
My own take at the time was that coups are fairly common in Thailand, as are political protests, and historically outsiders have been quite safe. I will be in Bangkok shortly.
The current Thai government sees martial law as something that should benefit tourism! Come visit our temples, our spas, and come see martial law!
Officials in Thailand say they are preparing to add martial law to a list of tourist attractions, reports suggest. This follows calls by local tourism groups which insist that martial law needs to be lifted in order to halt the decline in the number of visitors to the country.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is preparing a campaign called 24 Hours Enjoy Thailand to attract foreigners to visit the country under martial law, says TAT governor Thawatchai Arunyik. According to the official, martial law actually benefits tourism because it ensures that foreigners are safe round-the-clock, Khao Sod newspaper reports.
“We want the tourists to be confident that they can travel in Thailand both day and night with safety at all times,” Thawatchai Arunyik said, adding that he hopes to promote this concept by creating a “buzz” on social media.
(HT: Michael W. Travels)