The two months long political unrest that hit the country had led other countries of the world to advise their citizens against travel to Thailand resulting into mass cancellation of holiday bookings in Thailand.
The Government has claimed that the situation in Thailand is normal now. Recent violence has already driven away millions of visitors reducing hotel occupancy by 10 percent at Chiang Mai, where majority of the residents are red shirt supporters.
Various measures have been implemented to make things better for tourists as Thailand is primarily known for quality travel and value for money. The travel and tourism officials in Thailand have met to formulate strategies to attract tourists in the region and are planning to subsidise advertisement to attract tourists from Japan and China which had already cancelled Charter flights. As the Chinese tourists have revoked group tours, there is also a fall in tourists by 40 percent.
With incentives such as waiver in tourist visa fees and free travel insurance, the cost of flying and staying in Thailand could be reasonable during this season. So travellers can look out for cheap flights to Thailand. Hotels are also witnessing low occupancy rate but hotel owners are wary about reducing hotel rates because once the situation gets stabilised, it would be difficult to raise the prices later.
Although peace has been restored and many countries including the U.S. and Britain have eased their advice against travel to Thailand, all visitors are advised to take precaution during their trip.