Thai, South Korean tourism unaffected by peninsula dispute


BANGKOK, April 2 – Tourism between Thailand and South Korea continues as usual despite North Korea’s recent announcement of a state of war with Seoul, according to a senior Thai official.

Watchara Kannikar, spokesman of the Ministry of Tourism, said there was no indication of trip cancellations by South Korean visitors to Thailand and vice versa.

The ministry has not issued any warning but Thai travellers are recommended to check the latest situation before leaving for the peninsula country, he said.

Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, said many Thai tourists plan to visit South Korea, particularly during the long Songkran holiday.

South Korean tourists to Thailand rank third after China and Japan, while the three favourite countries among Thai tourists during Songkran are Japan, China and South Korea.

Last Saturday, North Korea directed a flurry of furious threats at the South and warned that it would retaliate against any provocations by Washington and Seoul without prior notice.