BANGKOK, 6 April 2012 – The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has traveled to Songkhla to help boost tourism after bombings at Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel in the province on 31 March 2012.
TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni and his entourage on Friday had a meeting with Governor of Songkhla Kritsada Boonrat and relevant units to work out guidelines for tourism promotion in the province. Mr. Suraphon said security would be stepped up to restore tourists’ confidence especially in crowded areas such as Muang, Hat Yai and Sadao districts. More police officers and security volunteers will patrol the areas.
The TAT governor said he would request local shopping malls and other businesses to send their security guards for training and narrow their entrances and exits to two walking lanes. They will also install detection devices at entrances to ensure security for customers. Mr. Suraphon said further that the TAT has set up a PR team to urgently send correct information to its networks overseas so that foreign tourists will understand the situation in southern Thailand.
Meanwhile, the governor of Songkhla confirmed that major events, including the 2012 Midnight Songkran at Hat Yai and the “Samila-Chang Asian Beach Volleyball Tour,” will take place as planned in mid April.