Tourism in Thailand ‘on pause’ as the country mourns death of king

Thailand’s tourism industry could take a hit as a result of the death of the kingdom’s revered king. Pic: Roberto Faccenda/flickr

THE death of Thailand’s revered king yesterday has led to a period of mourning in the kingdom, and incidentally, it could also impact the country’s tourism industry.

Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that entertainment in the country must be “toned down” for a month as a sign of respect.

In the tourist-heavy city of Bangkok, most restaurants, bars, markets, and stalls will be temporarily closing up shop. The ones that are choosing to remain open will be operating with little fanfare.

In response, The British Foreign Office issued a statement advising British tourists in Thailand about how to behave. The statement read:

“You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time. Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas; if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Tourism too urged its citizens in Thailand to abide by local laws and customs during this period. The department also reminded tourists to dress and behave appropriately.

In Bangkok today, many locals can be seen wearing black clothing to acknowledge the commencement of the mourning period, and tourists are advised to do the same.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the prime minister has ordered for troops to be stationed around the country in a bid to step up national security during a period of potential unrest.

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