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Protests hit peak tourism season numbers
Hotel bookings are slowing down due to violence and tension between anti-government protesters and riot police in Bangkok. The four major markets of Asian, South Asia, Oceania and Africa are showing negative signs for bookings this month and next month.
Thirty-one countries including Japan, China, India, Britain and the US have issued travel advisories at Level 2 for their citizens to avoid visiting areas near protests in the capital Only Slovakia, Israel and Russia have raised their advisories to Level 3. However, some Russian tourists, who form a major market, are changing their plans and visiting Pattaya, Hua Hin and Koh Samet instead of Bangkok.
Asian tourists have changed their destinations to other countries in the region, with 30% changing their destinations to Thailand's other provinces. Hotel and tour bookings from Australian tourists are expected to grow by only 3.6% during the two months, down from a projection of more than 10%.
The meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) segment has been significantly affected, with cancellations of about 30%. More than 10 events have been cancelled due to the political unrest Room bookings for one major hotel in Bangkok stand at 60-70% for December and January.