A week after an explosion killed 22 people at a Hindu shrine (pictured) in Bangkok, Thailand's government continues to reassure travelers that the country is open and safe for tourism.
"The Royal Thai Government wishes to reassure the public that the situation is under complete control of security officials. Additional security personnel have been deployed to patrol every area so as to accord maximum security to the general public," the government said in a statement. "In addition, the Royal Thai Government would like to convey to all foreigners who are planning on traveling to Thailand, be they for tourism, trade, educational or business purposes, or MICE, that the government shall be doing its utmost to provide a safe and secure environment for the duration of your stay in Thailand, complemented with Thai friendliness and hospitality as always."
The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) emphasized, in particular, that meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions are "continuing as normal in Bangkok and throughout the country."
"All hotels, venues, and attractions are open and ready to welcome travelers. Transportation links, major roads, and airports continue to operate, including Bangkok's BTS Skytrain and MRT services and both Don Muang and Suvannabhumi International Airports," reported TCEB, which has prepared a six-point plan for "providing assistance and maintaining confidence" among meeting planners. Specifically, it's providing:
1. "Fast track" service for meeting delegates passing through the immigration checkpoint at Suvannabhumi Airport.
2. Round-the-clock information and assistance to meeting delegates at the TCEB counter at Suvannabhumi Airport.
3. Regular communication to groups on safety and other conditions in Thailand.
4. Special police escort between the airport and hotel for meeting delegates traveling in large groups and for VIPs.
5. Security support for senior executives and VIPs.
6. Extra security support "as urgent and necessary" for meetings and events.
"During August to October 2015, the number of MICE events confirmed to be held in Thailand is totaled at 72 events with 76,608 delegates, generating revenue of 6,600 million baht. There is no cancellation or postponement of events scheduled to be held in Thailand during this time," said TCEB President Nopparat Maythaveekulchai. "TCEB is confident that our ability to facilitate and maintain confidence among MICE organizers and travelers will help us keep all MICE events on track."