Thai tourism remains intact despite MERS

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BANGKOK, 21 June 2015 – The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has expressed confidence in the government’s measures to control a MERS outbreak in Thailand. A number of Thai tourists visiting South Korea where the virus has proliferated has slightly decreased.

President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) Charoen Wang-ananon said more than 30% of Thai tourists had already cancelled trips to South Korea but the Thai tourism had not yet been affected by the disease. The president added that MERS’ impacts and severity were lower than other epidemics.

As for the ICAO’s downgrading of safety standards of the Thai aviation, Mr Charoen said aviation regulatory bodies from Europe would not use the measures which could severely affect the Thai aviation industry. He also suggested that Thailand should urgently tackle its aviation problems.