|Thailand, where there's martial law and everything is back to normal.|
Monday, 26th May 2014
Source : Martin Kelly
|Think you've had a bad day at work? Well, spare a thought for your colleagues in Thailand; |
An endless one step forward, two steps back as their businesses are relentlessly wounded by events out of their control: floods, riots, demonstrations, and now martial law.
Yes, the army is in charge. And the army is not good for tourism.
Witness the accompanying image sent by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to media this week. Soldiers with guns and face paint on the march. It's not a good look.
Neither is the message from the poor old TAT, which should be promoting beaches and hill tribes, luxury resorts and some of the world's best food.
Instead, it says: "Following the declaration of martial law by the Royal Thai Army, which covers the entire Thailand, life in the kingdom continues as normal.
"According to the army statement, this is not a coup, but a mean to restore peace and order for people from all sides, and that the public should not panic and to live their lives as normal."
You'll notice that the TAT used the word "normal" a lot, even in relation to the anti-government demonstrations, which just shows how entrenched the chaos has become.
"All public transport and tourist attractions, including airports, tourist sites and shopping malls, are currently open and operating as normal.
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