Thirty per cent of Chinese tourists have cancelled their room reservations in the southern resort town of Phuket until mid-March due to fears about Thailand’s politics and a planned mass rally by the Red Shirt protesters.Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT Phuket director Bangornrat Chinaprayoon said the political turmoil has started to have effects on the province’s tourism, especially from Chinese travellers, but has not yet impacted European visitor arrivals.

As demonstrators of the United Front Democracy against Dictatorship UDD plan a large-scale rally on March 14 following the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions’ ruling against ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, seizing Bt46 billion of his assets, Chinese tourists are sensitive to the circumstances and said they will be monitoring the situation for some time.

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Chinese tourists are known to be very sensitive to political troubles | photo : Camilla Davidsson

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