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Tourism Authority of Thailand to Promote “Martial Law Tourism”



Tourists in Bangkok pose with Thai Soldiers

Tourists in Bangkok pose with Thai Soldiers – Photo Khoasod

BANGKOK – Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Thawatchai Arunyik announced the grammatically suspect “24 Hours Enjoy Thailand” campaign will soon entice hesitant visitors to the kingdom, where the suspension of civil liberties and democratic rule will assure their personal safety.

“We want the tourists to be confident that they can travel in Thailand both day and night with safety at all times,” Thawatchai said in Khaosod English.

“The TAT is preparing a campaign called ’24 Hours Enjoy Thailand’ to attract foreign tourists to visit Thailand under martial law,” TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik told Thai Rath newspaper on Friday.

Thawatchai said that martial law is beneficial to tourism, because it ensures that foreign tourists can be safe 24 hours a day.

Despite Thawatchai’s insistence that martial law brings safety to tourists, there has been a number of high-profile crimes against foreign visitors in recent months, such as the brutal killing of two British backpackers on the popular southern island of Koh Tao in September. The murder remains unsolved.

Last week, an attempted murder ex-convict was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a Danish tourist near the resort town of Pattaya.

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