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Issued at 14.00 Hrs. (GMT+7) on 10 July 2018


A special 'centre for the facilitation of religious rites' has been established to provide support for families and relatives of the victims of the recent boat incident in Phuket.

The centre is located at Wat Kosit Wihan in Mueang district, Phuket, and is managed by the Phuket Provincial Cultural Office with cooperation from the Department of Religious Affairs, the National Office of Buddhism, Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation, Tourist Assistant Centre Phuket, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are on hand to provide support to families and relatives of the deceased on relevant matters including obtaining documentation, undergoing religious rites and taking the ashes home after the funeral as well as coordinating with Phuket International Airport's passenger services centre.

The Phuket City Municipality will assign civil registration officers at Vachira Phuket Hospital and Wat Kosit Wihan to provide support on issuing a death certificate.

A total of 15 Buddhist temples in Phuket have been designated to offer the religious rites' services for the victims, including Wat Kosit Wihan, Wat Thepwanaram, Wat Sri Sunthorn, Wat Phra Thong, Wat Mongkol Wararam, Wat Ladthiwanaram, Wat Sawang Arom, Wat Chaiyathararam (Wat Chalong), Wat Kathu, Wat Anuphatkritdaram, Wat Suwan Khirikhet, Wat Suwankiriwong (Wat Patong), Wat Kitti Sangkharam, Wat Choeng Thale, and Wat Sopon Wanaram (Wat Pa Klok). Each temple can perform the religious rites and cremation process for two bodies per day on average.

Islamic and Christian rites can also be arranged upon request from families and relatives of the deceased. The Christian rites will be arranged at a Christian cemetery. The Islamic rites will be arranged at any of Phuket's 58 mosques.

For families and relatives who wish to take the body of the deceased home, Sky Trade Services shipping company will facilitate a one-stop service to transport the body by air, from packing the body in a coffin, and obtaining documentation in Phuket and the final destination.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will waive all fees in relation to the translation of documents and legalisation services while the Immigration Office will waive visa fees for all affected tourists.

TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, we would like to encourage travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their trips accordingly.

For more information on various Thai tourist destinations, visit: www.tourismthailand.org
For constant updates on Thailand's tourism, visit: www.tatnews.org
For more information, contact the TAT Call Centre 1672.
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Issued at 10.00 Hrs. (GMT+7) on 10 July 2018

H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, offered a sincere apology to the victims of the recent tragic Phuket boat incident and their families at the press conference held on 8 July 2018. The Minister, together, with officials and representatives from all the concerned agencies expressed deep regret with a solemn bow as seen in the later part of this video clip.



The Minister said: "This is the first time that we've made the official announcement of how many boys and little girls had lost their lives in this incident. We're really deeply sorry for the lost ones and their families."

TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, we would like to encourage travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their trips accordingly.

For daily update of Thailand's assistance efforts to affected tourists and families, visit:
TAT Newsroom website (www.tatnews.org)
For more information on various Thai tourist destinations, visit: www.tourismthailand.org
For more information, contact the TAT Call Centre 1672.



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Udon Thani joins Bangkok, Tak and Buri Ram in launching special activities under the Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign

Udon Thani, 9 July, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with Udon Thani province, Udon Thani's Office of Tourism and Sports, Udon Thani's Chamber of Commerce and strategic partners in the public and private sectors recently announced the opening of "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" under the Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign to encourage Thai and foreign visitors to shop during the Green Season.

The two-month-long "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" event in Udon Thani is from now until 31 August.






The event's opening ceremony was held on 6 July 2018 at Thong Yai Road, in front of the Centre Point 2003 shopping centre, and presided over by Mr. Wattana Putthichart (above photo, left), Udon Thani's Governor, and Mr. Korawit Wongprasert (right), TAT's Director of Tourism Investment Department, joining by partners and guests of honour.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: "TAT recognised Udon Thani as an interesting place with a diversity in tourism, so it is a great opportunity to cooperate with Udon Thani to set up the "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" event under theThailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign.

"This campaign is focusing on the distribution of travel and income in order to stimulate the economics of the city according to the government's policy and reinforce the potential of Udon Thani as a border town with the ability to accommodate tourists."

Udon Thani's Governor Mr. Wattana Putthichart said: "Udon Thani is pleased to be the host of the Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus event. We have to say thank you to TAT for choosing us to participate in this campaign. It is a great opportunity for our province to promote our products, services, and tourism."

According to Mr. Wattana, the economic outlook of Udon Thani is expected to grow at an average of 5% this year, due to its strong potential and strong economic fundamentals.

He said that Udon Thani is "the city that is ready to serve all the happiness menus" because it is the centre of logistics, transportation and the hub of trading, which links the Upper Northeast of Thailand and the CLMV countries together.

"Other than that, there is also a wide variety of tourist attractions, hotels, entertainment and services in Udon Thani. In 2017, there were 3.24 million tourist arrivals generating revenue of 8.084 billion Baht.

"Most importantly, people in Udon Thani are very pleased to welcome visitors. This can be seen by the presence of 419 stores participating in the campaign, which is the largest numbers TAT has ever provided. It is expected that during this two-month period, the economic value will increase by at least 500 million Baht." Mr. Wattana said.

"Lastly, I would like to say thank you to the entrepreneurs who are participating in the campaign and ask all Udon Thani's citizens to be a good host. Please, give a warm welcome to the visitors and do fair trade to create a good image to our province."

Mr. Korawit Wongprasert, TAT's Director of Tourism Investment Department, said that the "Udon.....Serves Happiness in All Menus" is staged under the "Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018" campaign, which will be held during 1 July - 31 August, 2018, in Bangkok and secondary tourism cities.

"The objective of this campaign is to stimulate the economy during the Green Season, and It will cause the circulation and distribution of income in the economic system."

For further information:
TAT Tourism Investment Promotion Division
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 2940-2943
Website : www.thailandshoppingdining.com
Facebook page: Thailandshoppingdining
Or TAT contact centre: 1672
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Issued at 15.00 Hrs. (GMT+7) on 8 July 2018


This is the third edition of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) update regarding the recent boat incidents, which took place on 5 July, 2018, in the Andaman Sea south of Phuket.

This morning, TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn issued a statement about the boat incidents in Phuket, saying that TAT would heighten safety measures for Chinese tourists in Thailand to prevent such events from occurring again in the future.

TAT has continued to cooperate closely with concerned public and private agencies to assist families and relatives of the victims who are travelling from China to claim the bodies of their loved ones as follows:

  1. Upon arrival at Phuket International Airport: Families and relatives of the deceased can contact the 'emergency assistance centre', a joint effort by the TAT Phuket Office, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), the Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) and the Thai Hotel Association (THA) Southern Chapter, upon their arrival at Phuket International Airport. The 'emergency assistance centre' will assign Chinese-speaking interpreters and assist with local transfers and accommodation as well as help obtain all necessary documentation to claim the bodies.

  2. Claiming the Bodies: Families and relatives of the deceased are advised to contact Vachira Phuket Hospital to identify photographs and belongings of their loved ones. Once the relations have been confirmed, families should then contact the Chinese Consulate in Phuket to issue a certificate to receive the body from the Hospital. The Hospital will then issue a death certificate that identifies the causes of death for families to file for a police report. The police report can then be presented to the Hospital to claim the body.


Forensic Police in cooperation with the Chinese Consulate have so far confirmed identification of 33 of the 41 bodies recovered. The Phuket Public Health Office has also assigned doctors to care for families and relatives who may be suffering from stress from this traumatic event.

The search for survivors continued today by both air and water and expanded to cover the area around the boat by a radius of 500 metres and as far as Ko Phi Phi, Krabi and nearby islands. The Chinese Government has sent a team of 17 experts to assist in the search.

TAT is monitoring and assessing the situation and will be providing further details as the situation develops. In the meantime, we would like to encourage travellers to obtain information from various sources to get a balanced understanding about the reality on the ground in Thailand, so that they can plan their trips accordingly.

For more information on various Thai tourist destinations, visit: www.tourismthailand.org
For constant updates on Thailand's tourism, visit: www.tatnews.org
For more information, contact the TAT Call Centre 1672.
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Statement about the Boat Accidents in Phuket
by
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn
Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand
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A marine tourism accident occurred in Phuket on 5 July, 2018, at 17:45 Hrs., resulting in a large number of casualties and injured, mostly Chinese tourists. The Royal Thai Government expresses its deepest sympathies to the relatives and families of those who suffered losses in this tragic event. Initially, it was believed that the accident was caused by storms and weather conditions in Southern Thailand. However, the relevant authorities are still investigating the exact cause. Immediately after the incident, all responsible agencies, both in the public and private sectors, as well as people in the area were fully mobilised in the search and rescue operations to find survivors as well as to provide assistance to all victims in terms of medical services, transportation, interpretation and communication.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to emphasise that we will do everything possible to extend the maximum care and attention to survivors. Search operations are still ongoing in a coordinated manner by all relevant agencies. We will also heighten safety measures for Chinese tourists in Thailand to prevent such accidents from occurring again in the future. This is consistent with the policy of the Thai tourism industry to consider and initiate ways to focus not only on the volume of tourists, but also provide and maintain quality services.

TAT will put our extreme efforts to do what we can to help alleviate the situation. The 5 TAT offices in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Chengdu and Guangzhou are ready to help and act as coordination centres for those people wanting any information updates on the incident.

ssued on 08 July, 2018 at 09.00 Hrs.
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