A warning about travel in Thailand for Chinese tourists came after Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and five nearby provinces.
Chinese tourist agents have been taking cautionary measures to protect travelers in Thailand. Ma Xing, manager of the Beijing branch of Ctrip.com, China’s major online travel service, said its 100-plus tourists in Thailand have not been affected by the riots.
Zhang Qingzhu, marketing manager of China Comfortable Travel Services in Beijing, also said 200 of its tourists in Thailand have just finished their stay in the seaside resort of Pattaya and will leave for Bangkok with no change in itinerary.
China Daily reported a dramatic decline in tourists. Some agencies put the decline as high as 80%, although that seems unlikely.