Tourism Authority of Thailand's crisis management center to assist tourists during anti-government protests
The national tourist assistance centre will house representatives from the Tourism and Sports, Transport and Foreign ministries; Tourist Police; TAT; Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA); and the General Insurance Association.
Tanitta Maneechote, the Deputy Tourism and Sports Permanent Secretary, said the centre would have the authority to make its own decisions to assist foreigners and would work together closely with related agencies such as hospitals, TAT call centres and tourist police in case of an emergency.
The national tourist assistance centre will be available from tomorrow.
The centre will also deliver messages to overseas travel agents and media.
Mobile tourist police units will monitor key tourism spots including Ratchadamri Road, Silom Road, Khao San Road and the Sanam Luang area.
Hospitals in Bangkok are also on alert. Sansern Ngaorangsri, a TAT deputy governor, said about 13 officials would work every day at the centre.
The TAT is giving out 200,000 handbooks suggesting traffic routes and tourism alternatives for travelers. The handbooks will be distributed at airports and hotels.
[Source: Bangkok Post]
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