Monday, April 13, 2009

Tourism Business Opportunities in Indonesia after What Happened in Thailand (1)

ASEAN that comprises South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, and etc. have been interesting places for tourists to spend their time and money. Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and maybe Vietnam offer a lot of cultural traditions and beautiful and natural landscapes to invite and please tourists. I think in the segment of cultural and natural tourism industry in South East Asian countries there are two biggest market leaders: Indonesia and Thailand. As we all know, tourism industry all about to make tourists enjoy their visit and feel safe during their visit. So, the politics and security are important. Unfortunately for Thailand, after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra ousted from its position by a military coup the security and politics in Thailand are unstable. There were several unrests in Thailand. During Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat's era (after Thaksin was ousted and temporary government was led by military generals) , People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protestors had control over 2 international airports in Thailand: Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang and caused a lot of tourists couldn't come in and out from Thailand, infact a lot of them couldn't come out of the airport.

Currently, United Front for the Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the opposite side of PAD protestors penetrated police barriers and went into Royal Cliff Beach Hotel where most of ASEAN leaders plus China, South Korea, Australia, India, New Zealand and Japan leaders were staying. Because of UDD invation the Thailand government has had to cancel the latest Asean++ Summit. Thailand failed to guarantee the security of that summit and because of that ASEAN plus neighbours countries' leaders safety were in danger, fortunately there were no fatal incidents hit those leaders.

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