Tanyarat Atchariyachai, the senator of Phuket, as Chairperson of the Upper House Committee on Tourism, said that the protests in Bangkok have widely affected tourism in Thailand. It firstly affected Bangkok, but now the protests had bad effects spread throughout the Andaman provinces including Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, plus tourist destinations in other areas.
Furthermore, she said the death of a Japanese cameraman on April 10th, 2010, was the main reason the Japanese Government advised their citizens to return to their country since they were not sure how safe their people would be living or traveling in this country. Some tourists from Australia and New Zealand also cancelled their flights to Thailand since they had heard about the bombs in Silom Road of Bangkok on the night of April 22nd.
Tanyarat mentioned that all concerned parties had to negotiate and find the right solutions for the country’s politics that do not affect people’s way of life and economy.