“240 000 tourists stranded”… and counting

Have we reached the peak of insanity ?

Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said the number of stranded tourists have risen to 240,000.

Weerasak is due to attend a foreign press conference at Bitec Bangna, the second city terminal which is open today for international flight check-in. He said he would do everything to send news to the world that Thailand is doing it best to send stranded travellers home. (Nation)

The Tourism Minister might be willing to add gasoline onto the fire… But still the situation is intolerable.

U-Tapao Airport is unable to cope with the crisis : too small (read here). Same problem with the “regional” airports (Chiang Mai, Phuket).

Tomorrow tuesday will be the seventh day of the airports blockade (Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang)…

2 Responses to ““240 000 tourists stranded”… and counting”

  1. 1 Insanity 1 December 2008 at 11:21 am

    240,000 stranded tourists and counting. I’m sure that once they are able to escape they will be able to report to all their friends and colleagues what a wonderful time they had in Thailand (not).

    240,000 times X (friends and colleagues) is a huge amount of business to lose.

    As to businesses looking to invest in Asia they won’t consider Thailand who has also thrown away its position as a leading region hub. Regards already established export businesses they will be lucky to survive let alone expand. And, businesses involved in providing just-in-time inventories will look to move elsewhere.

    In summary, all lost opportunities to develop the nation that will never return. Vietnam, Malaysia, and others must be rubbing their hands in glee as the land of stupidity has certainly bought smiles to their faces.

    Never mind, maybe the vast number of soon to become unemployed can join the paid ranks of PAD. But, oh dear, once this crisis is over those PAD stooges won’t be receiving wages also as their usefulness to those pulling their strings will be no more.

  2. 2 ray 1 December 2008 at 12:04 pm

    malaysia is in a different league.. ( that is a higher league)… vietnam oh yes. they have the beaches,the culture is not bad, people are hard working and friendly and its soo cheap. i am in the tourist trade and people are complaing that thailand is not a bargain anymore.

    i think people understand the problems ie the tourists… as for investments they are slowing down anyways due to the credit crunch. but they will be very cautious b4 investing in thailand

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