Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia, attracting over 30 million arrivials last year. Thailand reassured the international community on Tuesday that it would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital, Bangkok, wounding 24 people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack which happened at the military-owned Phramongkutklao Hospital. "Bombs will have an impact anywhere," Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters. "Any action at a hospital violates human rights … I would like the foreigners to know that security forces are looking after this," he said. Thailand has been ruled by a junta since a May 2014 coup. The attack on Monday coincided with the third anniversary of the takeover and the army has blamed the incident on groups opposed to military rule. In recent years, the country has been rocked by attacks, including a series of explosions last year at beach … [Read more...] about Thailand reassures tourists following Bangkok attack
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And how does Vietnam compare to its regional peers? Safety is something travelers often try to push to the back of their minds even though they should not. The world may be our oyster, but in some places the shell can be a little too tough. In Southeast Asia, most destinations are believed to be safe for foreign visitors. However, a trip to Singapore is very different to a trip to the Philippines. What about Vietnam? According to the biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report produced by the World Economic Forum, the country is now the third safest place to travel to in the region. Recent analysis by data.world and Priceonomics also singled out Thailand and the Philippines among the destinations travelers should watch out for. The report, focusing on American travelers, found that while Mexico, Mali and Israel have been the subject of the most travel warnings in recent years, Americans are more likely to be killed in Thailand and the Philippines. Between late 2009 and … [Read more...] about How safe is traveling in Southeast Asia?
Gay tourists tend to spend more than most when away from home. The travel sector is jazzing up its offer for gay tourists, who tend to spend more than most when away from home, taking it beyond parties in sunny hubs like Ibiza. The trend was underscored at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid, one of the world's largest, which wraps up on Sunday, where tourism boards plugged cultural attractions and nature activities to this market. Spain's western region of Extremadura for example featured posters promoting annual gay pride festivities in the city of Badajoz which began in response to homophobic comments made by a local politician. But it also promoted bird watching trips, local architecture and rural tourism to gay and lesbian travelers at a special section of the fair dedicated to the market segment. The goal is to appeal to the growing number of gay and lesbian couples who are having children, said Hugo Alonso of the Extremadura's tourism promotion agency at the fair. "We are … [Read more...] about Travel sector zooms in on lucrative gay market
Thailand's premier said Friday that order has been restored after a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests triggered mayhem in the capital, but that the divided kingdom faces "huge challenges". Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajive declared victory in a campaign to secure Bangkok, clamping down on militants in the "Red Shirt" movement who went on a rampage of arson and looting after their leaders surrendered Wednesday. "This is one of the worst episodes Thailand has ever faced," Abhisit said in a televised address to the nation. "We will continue to swiftly restore normalcy and we recognise that as we move ahead there are huge challenges ahead of us, particularly the challenge of overcoming the divisions that have occurred in this country." Abhisit said he regretted the loss of life in the army offensive to shut down six weeks of anti-government protests, which left 15 dead including an Italian photographer, but defended the way it was carried out. "The operation was within the law … [Read more...] about Thailand faces ‘huge challenges’ after deadly conflict
EU regulators on Thursday issued a special warning over travelling on airlines from Thailand but stopped short of following last week's damaging US safety downgrade for a country heavily dependent on tourism. BRUSSELS: EU regulators on Thursday (Dec 10) issued a special warning over travelling on airlines from Thailand but stopped short of following last week's damaging US safety downgrade for a country heavily dependent on tourism. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said Thailand would be closely monitored as it updated the bloc's air safety blacklist. While "no air carriers from Thailand were added to the Air Safety List at this time ... the Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency will however closely monitor future developments," the Commission said in a statement. "If the protection of air passengers against safety risks so requires, the Commission could then propose to include one or more air carriers from Thailand in the Air Safety List," it added. The … [Read more...] about EU warns Thailand over air safety