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MCOT report says Thailand’s State of Emergency is not scaring away tourists

According to a report in the MCOT online news one-third of foreign tourists arriving during the so-called crisis period on anti-government protests have visited the protest locations, and more than half described the protest as rather peaceful, and while majority of them said that Emergency Decree has had little impact their travel plans, according to a survey released today.

The poll result was conducted by the research centre at Bangkok University, the Bangkok Poll, surveying 1,094 international visitors on tourism amid the protests.

tourists thailandAccording to the poll, almost 100 per cent of the respondents said they were aware of the protests even before travelling to Thailand, only 3.6 per cent were not.

One in three–33 per cent of those already knowing about the protests–said they visited the country because they could not miss certain destinations, 30 per cent said they did not plan to be near the protest sites anyway, 15.4 per cent said their tickets were already booked and 14.9 per cent said they viewed that the protests were non-violent.

Some 84.4 per cent of the people polled said Emergency Decree had little impact their travel decision, though the remaining said it had high impact on their decision.

Almost half of the tourists tended to avoid protest sites, though 34.6 per cent said they went with the flow and 23.4 per cent said they monitored the situation on a day-to-day basis before making plans.

60 per cent of the respondents did not have a chance to visit department stores near the protest sites. Up to 32.5 per cent asked for information provided by authorities, 27 per cent asked for a constant updates in English language and 14.5 per cent wanted better public transport and that the authorities are suggested take a close look at taxi and tuk tuk scams.

Asked if they would like to re-visit Thailand, 89.9 per cent said yes, 1.3 per cent said otherwise. Up to 94.6 per cent said they would recommend other people to visits the kingdom, while only 1 per cent said they would not. Some 60 per cent if the respondents said the protests were not as critical as they thought, while 11 per cent thought they were violent

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