As Of April 14, 2009, 17:00 Hours Bangkok Time
Tourism Authority of Thailand issues situation update
The Tourism Authority of Thailand issued the following updated fact sheet on the situation in their country that occurred due to anti-government protesters:
- The situation in Bangkok has greatly improved within the last 24 hours.
- The leaders of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) called off their anti-government protests around noon today. The protestors, including those at the main demonstration site around the Government House, have dispersed.
- Most of the shopping malls in Bangkok re-opened this afternoon.
- The BTS SkyTrain, subway services, public utilities, and communication services have continued to operate uninterrupted.
- Bus services on most routes and the train service to/from Bangkok have resumed.
- The following six roads and intersections are still being cleared of debris left by the protests and will be re-opened to traffic shortly –
Din Daeng to the Victory Monument, Yommaraj, Uruphong, Sapan Panfah, roads around the Rama V Equestrian Statue, and Sutthisan Road around the Mitr Maitree intersection.
- With the exception of the above, all other roads in Bangkok are open to traffic and all other travel-related infrastructure and services, including all airports, train services throughout the country, and roadways, are operating as normal, and all other parts of Thailand are safe for travel and tourists can still visit other destinations and attractions.
- Hotels throughout the country are operating as normal.
- Under the emergency decree, the prohibition of public gatherings of more than five people in Bangkok is limited to political activities and acts, which may lead to unrest.
- The measure does not in any way apply to Songkran celebrations and festivities, the organization of local and international corporate meetings, incentive events, conventions, and exhibitions, or MICE. It is 'business-as-usual' for all MICE events hosted in Thailand.
- The kingdom’s various tourist attractions and shopping districts are open for business as usual, and tourists and visitors can continue to enjoy the variety of sites, food, and experiences.
- The Emergency Decree is only a temporary measure and is expected to be lifted soon.
- For the latest updates and official announcements by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please visit the Ministry’s web site: www.mfa.go.th or check with Thai embassies and consulates nearest to you.