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Thailand tries to recover tourism industry after volatile year

By Thu, Oct 16, 2014 10:27AM UTC A vendor sells street food on Bangkok's popular Khao San Road. Pic: AP.

It’s been a tough year for tourism in Thailand. The political protests led by Suthep Thaugsuban last fall were the first in a long series of events that made the Land of Smiles a much less attractive place for tourists than it had been just a year or two before.

North Korea rumours fail to dent brisk tourism trade

By Wed, Oct 15, 2014 3:03PM UTC A man watches a South Korean news program speculating on the whereabouts of North Korea's "Supreme Leader" in Seoul earlier this week. Pic: AP.

A visit to the Hermit Kingdom may seem like a contradiction in terms. And a business built on providing such tours would certainly seem jeopardised when the destination is plagued by reports of political power struggles and rampant human rights abuses.

British Foreign Office warns travelers about Thailand’s islands

By Mon, Oct 13, 2014 12:43PM UTC Koh Tao is popular for its stunning beaches and diving opportunities. Pic: FBM.

Following the brutal murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao last month, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to include a warning about the dangers of travelling to Thailand’s island destinations.

Thailand considers ID wristbands for tourists

By Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:58PM UTC Tourists at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Thailand. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s tourism minister has said that it is considering identifications wristbands for tourists “so that if they’re out partying late and, for example, get drunk or lost, they can be easily assisted,” Reuters reports.

Junta leader Prayuth eases restrictions on visa runners in Thailand

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 2:27PM UTC Pic: Shutterstock.

Thailand’s leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has acknowledged that a recent tightening of visa rules put English teachers in a precarious situation and instructed Immigration officials to be flexible with visa runners, according to The Nation.

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