Tourism and Sports Ministry gears up tourists confidence reaffirmation

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BANGKOK, 26 August 2015 – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) is set to stimulate confidence among international tourists, revealing that subsidies for victims have already reached all casualties, the MOTS Minister says.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul has revealed that the Thai government has been providing help and assistance to the injured tourists and the deceased in the Bangkok bombing incident, and has allocated a total of 3.6 million baht subsidy to the relatives of all 12 casualties.

The subsidy was partly sponsored by the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) at a sum of 4 million baht, and the Sirivadhanabhakdi Foundation provided an assistance of 2 million baht.

The MOTS Minister has said that the incident is expected to cause only short-term effects to the tourism sector, while the nation’s tourism campaigns are expected to be carried out as normal and reach the projected goals.

The MOTS has also planned various tourism stimulation measures, to be implemented from today until year end, to introduce Thai tourism and attractions to new markets, and to regain the confidence of international travelers.

On this matter, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Deputy Secretary-General Carlos Vogevler has said that the international community shares their understanding about the situation in Thailand, and are still confident in Thailand’s tourism sector.

He added that the international community is also impressed by the cooperation and assistance provided from all sectors in Thailand.