The Tourism Authority of Thailand made an announcement that Thailand will suffer from lower tourism as a result of the attacks in Paris. The agency believes that the impact will only be short-term, but tourists will be more reluctant to travel overseas in the coming months.
In terms of numbers, the governor of the authority, Yuthasak Supasorn, has stated that it is too early to tell the effects that the Paris attacks will have on the country in the long term.
Initial forecasts indicate that tourism will be down at least during the first quarter of 2016. A major concern people that will be traveling in the future and are currently in the process of booking traveling plans. Thai travel agencies believe that short-term drops will not be as prominent as is being forecasted due to clients having already paid for their accommodations.
The Association of Thai Travel Agents is urging Thailand’s government to increase security in an effort to help alleviate the stress of the tourism industry. The euro zone is expected to cause a decline in tourism until October 2016, according to the vice president of the association Ms. Minkwan.
Minkwan believes that Thailand’s tourism, and Asia tourism in general, will rise as a result of fears of traveling in Europe.