by Matt Alderton | August 18, 2015
Although police are urging continued vigilance, life in Bangkok is "normal" after a bomb exploded Monday near a popular Hindu shrine (pictured) in Thailand's capital city, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported today. The blast killed 22 people and injured 123 more.

"[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," TAT said in a statement, indicating that Thai authorities have increased security at "key locations" in Bangkok. "The Royal Thai Police have requested that locals and tourists exercise caution when out and about in Bangkok. The police have also 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."

On behalf of the international travel industry, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) called the incident "regrettable."

"I am extremely saddened by the news of the bomb attack in the center of Bangkok yesterday. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all the victims of this incident," WTTC President and CEO David Scowsill said. "It is highly regrettable that Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, has been the target of this violence. Fortunately Thailand has shown its resilience in the past from natural disasters and other disruptions, and we hope that the situation will stabilize and return to normal very quickly."

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