Tourist help center to guide visitors away from protest areas

Just send them all to Soi Nana, that place wouldn’t know if the apocalypse came.

Visitors to Bangkok can seek help from several new centers to advise them on how to avoid protest sites in seven languages, as part of the capital’s preparation for Monday’s confrontation, Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Suwat Sidthilaw announced on Wednesday.

The center’s headquarter will be set up at Sports Authority of Thailand in Hua Mak district with other offices at Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports, the MRT Hua Lamphong station, and Ekkamai and Phaya Thai BTS stations.

Also, volunteers at each location will be assigned to assist tourists while vehicles will be available on standby to whisk them away in case of emergency.

Suwat suggested the extensive protests could cost over THB10 billion in lost tourism revenue, as 60 percent to 80 percent of travelers cancelled their trips to Thailand last month due to safety concerns, Than Online and NNT reported.

Photo: Zanyasan Tanantpapat

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