Situation Update of the Explosion Incident in Bangkok
Firstly, we are deeply saddened by the explosion incident in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine happened on 17th August, 2015. We have many friends in Bangkok and Thailand is one of our most visited destinations for decades.
Before any official statements from the relevant authorities, we urged the public not to share the pictures of dead bodies from the incident to respect the families of the victims. We will be posting the official statements from The Tourism Authority of Thailand from time to time.
Below is the official statement from The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). #prayforBKK #prayforBangkok
Issued at Bangkok at 09.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 18 August 2015
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to convey the deepest sympathy and condolences to all the victims of the blast and their families at this traumatic time. The thoughts and prayers of the Thai people are with you.
Thai authorities have stepped up security at key locations in Bangkok following the explosion that took place on Monday (17 August 2015 around 19.00 hrs.) evening at the city’s Ratchaprasong Intersection. The explosion is currently under police investigation. The spokesman of the Royal Thai Police stated that there have been a total of 22 casualties and 123 injuries as of 18 August 2015 at 07.00 hrs. The concerned authorities are contacting the families of victims of the blast and helping the injured to get medical treatment in local hospitals. The Thai tourism industry has mobilized the support of its members to assist and facilitate tourists affected by the incident, such as providing interpreters and helping with immediate travel arrangements.
The police have requested that locals and tourists exercise caution when out and about in Bangkok. The Royal Thai Police have increased their presence and put extra security in place at all of Bangkok’s key tourist areas in response to the incident. Citywide patrols are in place to ensure the safety of locals and visitors to the Thai capital.
Meanwhile, overall life in the city is continuing as normal. All public services and banks are available to the public. As for tourist businesses, other tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and shopping malls remain open, while transportation links, major roads and airports continue to operate. This includes Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports receive domestic and international flights. In addition, events that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is supporting remain as scheduled, such as the “Way of Silk, the Way of Thai: A Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen” silk exhibition in Bangkok during 17-30 August, TBEX Asia 2015 during 15-17 October and the nationwide Loi Krathong festivities in November, as well as all other domestic and overseas marketing activities.
TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation in Bangkok and will be providing regular updates.
Useful contact for tourists: TAT Call Centre 1672
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
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