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Published on : Saturday, August 13, 2016
Thailand has been a popular travel destination for both leisure as well as business travellers. more than one million British tourists visit this South East Asian nation and is seen as “safe” destination compared with holiday locations such as North Africa and Turkey.
A bomb attack a year ago at the Erewan Shrine in the capital, Bangkok, killed 20 people, including a British citizen. However, that was considered as an one-off incident and Thailand’s tourist industry appeared to shrug off the tragedy.
However, with the latest series of deadly explosion as the nation celebrated the birthday of the Queen of Thailand presented a dangerous social image showing the bloody Islamist insurgency which has cost several thousand lives in the far south of the country.
Unlike the massacres in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, the initial reports of these attacks were not aimed directly at tourists. If this marks a fresh campaign of violence, “Teflon Thailand” may not be able to brush off tragedies as easily as it has in the past.
More widely, the sense that travellers worldwide are under attack is deepening, even if the risks to the individual tourist remain extremely low. In fact, Tui, the world’s biggest holiday company reported “lower demand due to geopolitical events” in Europe and beyond. Destinations from Turkey to Thailand are heavily dependent on tourism. Egypt and Tunisia in particular have been traumatised by the downturn triggered by terrorism.