CityNews – Package Tour Hong Kong, which offers tours to Japan, South Korea and Thailand, has become the first travel company to cancel their trips to Thailand amidst the political unrest.
On Wednesday 27th November the company cancelled all their future tours to Thailand, which would have brought in around 160 people to the country. The company said that the spread of the protests to other regions, including Phuket, was part of their reasoning behind their decision.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand in Hong Kong said that there was no further evidence to suggest that holidays were being cancelled.
Thailand has been on the Hong Kong Security Bureau’s list of destinations under Outbound Travel Alert since the violent insurgency in southern Thailand in 2011. Thailand falls under the amber section of the list along with nearby Myanmar, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan (Fukushima prefecture), and Indonesia. Travellers to countries in the amber section are advised to monitor the situation and exercise caution at all times.
At the moment there are about 1,000 tourists from Hong Kong in Bangkok.