Latest Development in Bangkok 21/08/2015
For those who are going to travel to Bangkok or anxious to know about the situation in Bangkok, below is the latest statement from Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The Erawan Shrine in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong Intersection has reopened since 19 August 2015. Many people have joined the floral and candle light tribute to all those who lost their lives as well as those who were injured. The religious ceremony is scheduled to be held tomorrow morning (On 21 August 2015) to bless the area.
On 20 August 2015, a warrant for the arrest of the prime suspect was officially issued. The suspect’s sketch has been distributed and the police is examining CCTV footage for further clues.
Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa,TAT’s Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), along with officials from the Tourist Police Division, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, and the Immigration Bureau met with the executives from the China National Tourist Office – Singapore, the Third Secretary of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand to discuss about the actions and measures to facilitate and assist Chinese tourists in Thailand.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) visited the injured to give moral support at the hospitals and to offer assistance with their travel arrangements and those of their families. A few of the injured expressed a keen desire to continue with their holidays in Thailand, saying they wanted to visit Bangkok landmarks such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. TAT is proceeding with arranging the visits for them once they are able.
The Tourism Monitoring and Communication Centre of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with 27 overseas offices and 35 domestic offices, is closely monitoring and assessing the situation. Scheduled marketing activities will be continued, such as the Frontline Travel Agents workshop from 21-22 August 2015 in Bangkok for 150 participants from the ASEAN and Oceania regions and the Romance in Thailand Project which will bring around 40 couples and 30 media from the People’s Republic of China to Ko Samui and Bangkok this week.
Useful contact for tourists:
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports +66 (0) 2134 4077
TAT Call Centre 1672
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline +66 (0) 2644 7245 / 2643 5522 / 85 065 9927
Tourist Police Hotline 1155
For the Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please click here.
For information regarding latest updates on casualties, contact the Erawan Emergency Service Centre Hotline 1646, or visit the website by click here.
For those who may have useful information regarding the incident or to report suspicious activities, contact Police Hotline 191
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: [email protected]
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