ME tourists heading to Thailand for Eid comforted by security measures

Middle East tourists heading to Thailand for next month’s Eid Al Adha holidays have said they are comforted by increased security measures since last week’s bombings.

“I was unsure whether I should still take my family to Koh Samui for Eid, but the police presence and extra security makes me feel better about travelling there,” one Dubai-based traveller told TDME.

The Thai government has stepped up security across the country following a wave of bombings that struck several southern resort destinations late last week.

The police presence has been “increased nationwide” and a series of extra security is in place at airports, train stations and major tourist attractions. Police checkpoints have also been set up in the affected areas to search for suspects, and Thailand’s emergency services and hospitals are on standby in case of any further attacks.

It is now known that 13 bomb blasts and four arson attacks struck the southern provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket, Krabi, Phang-Nga, Surat Thani, Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat on Thursday and Friday, killing four people and injuring 35.

Several tourists were injured in the blasts and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has

reassured international travellers that Thailand remains “a welcoming and secure destination”.

“The majority of tourists enjoy a safe and trouble-free holiday here in the kingdom,” said the authority in a statement.

“TAT also would like to assure all tourists that locals and the police always do their utmost to ensure that in their country are safe and looked after at all times.”

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