Asian tourism pleads safety

The national tourist offices of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are reassuring groups the region is safe, following the Bali terrorist attacks. This follows on from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) citing general threats to Western tourists in parts of south east Asia. Tourism Authority of Thailand marketing & PR manager UK & Ireland Chris Lee said while it is more of a “wait and see” issue with the C&I market, he is not aware of any cancellations to Thailand. Tourism Malaysia is also going ahead with all of its marketing plans and has had no indication of any cancellations, according to marketing executive Claire Morrow. The Singapore Tourism Board stated it is safe to travel to Singapore and preventive security measures are in place. However, McGarvey Russell director Paul Taylor stated it would be difficult to sell any of the south east Asia destinations at the moment. “Once the FCO issues any sort of warning it becomes extremely difficult to justify to clients why they should consider an area that comes with a ‘health warning’ against any number of others that are seen as safe and secure,” he said.

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