Tour operators claim Bangkok tourism is holding up amid protests

Tour operators claim Bangkok tourism is holding up amid protests

Recent political protests in Bangkok have failed to dent demand for holidays to the country, tour operators claim.

Fresh protests broke out over the weekend, leading to clashes between supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and soldiers, which left two dead and a further 70 injured.

While the violence prompted the Foreign Office to briefly advise against all but essential travel to Bangkok this week, tour operators said those booked remain determined to travel.

Premier Holidays head of faraway product David Carlaw said customers had telephoned to find out the situation but none had cancelled, while no customers in resort had contacted the operator.

Premier's bookings to the country are 25% down this year but Carlaw blamed this largely on the increasingly late market, with Easter sales only slightly down.

Carlaw added the destination remains good value, mainly due to the explosion in hotel numbers over the last three years, which has led to some aggressive pricing.

Tucan Travel communications co-ordinator Cat Grant said it was too early to say if the recent riots had had any effect on passenger numbers, but there had been no cancellations. The operator launched its Thai programme in 2007.

She added: "People who travel with us are less concerned as they are adventure travellers they're used to taking some type of risk."


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