Wall Street Journal reported that a number of tourists found Bangkok to be safe despite ongoing political protests.

As of December 4, the Foreign Ministry reported that 37 countries have issued travel advisories for Thailand, mostly at level 2 which tells travelers to exercise caution.

The newspaper interviewed tourists arriving in Bangkok on their sentiment towards the country currently gripped by political tension. Many have not expressed concern even when coming across demonstrations.

The country’s tourism sector, which contributes to a major portion of the country’s income each year, has been facing negative impact from news of continued street protests and the storming of government offices in Bangkok.

Anti-government protesters have scaled back their rallies ahead of His Majesty the King’s birthday on Thursday. However, airlines and travel operators say their main concern is that tourists who have not yet arrived will re-think their visits, particularly if the protests resume next week after the celebrations are over.

Thai Airways International PCL said that although no mass cancellations have been seen, a prolonged situation may lead short-haul travelers to change their holiday destination to somewhere else in the region.

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