A recently released global report named Thailand 19th in their ranking of the 20 most dangerous countries for tourists. However, it also ranked the nation as 16th in tourist service infrastructure and 34th in prioritization of travel and tourism.
Despite the danger ranking, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul still believes that tourists visiting the country are confident in their safety while in Thailand, reported Thai PBS.
The World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 considered the unrest in the three Muslim-majority southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat in its ranking for Thailand, despite the fact that few tourists, or even Thais from outside the area, ever travel there.
It’s also likely that they considered that the country has been under military rule since 2014 and suffers occasional terror attacks such as three recent relatively minor pipe bombs in Bangkok and the Erawan Shrine bombing in 2015.
The report is released every other year and considers several categories to rate the competitiveness of 136 nations. Overall, in terms of safety, Thailand ranked 118 out of 136.
The report measures “factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector,” which includes international openness, prioritization of travel and tourism, human resources and labor market, health and hygiene, and safety and security.”
According to the report, the top 10 most dangerous countries are: Colombia, Yemen, El Salvador, Pakistan, Nigeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Kenya, Honduras, and Ukraine.
The safest countries are: Hong Kong, Oman, Iceland, United Arab Emirates, and Finland.
Despite some unrest, the world remains fascinated by Thailand’s gorgeous beaches, Bangkok nightlife, street food, and the peaceful surroundings of northern destinations such as Chiang Mai and Pai.
The country expects to welcome over 32 million tourists this year.