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Group tours to Thailand continue as normal

LOCAL travel agencies say they have no plans to change the itineraries of their clients in Thailand, but are closely monitoring the situation following the military coup in the Southeast Asian nation.

“We have contacted all of our clients individually and we know they are safe,” said He Yiwei, deputy general manager of the Shanghai Datong Travel Agency.

“But we will continue to contact them twice a day,” he said.

Tourists said the nighttime curfew, imposed by the military following its takeover on Thursday, had not had a significant impact on local life, and that the situation was stable, He said.

The travel agency has, however, warned people to avoid places where there are protests or large crowds, and told them not to go out alone or at night.

The company said its bookings to Thailand are normal and that all scheduled tour groups will go ahead as planned.

“Our tour guides in Thailand will be asked to change routes immediately if there are changes in the political situation, as the safety of tourists is our priority,” he said.

The Shanghai Spring International Travel Service said it had about 400 tourists in Thailand as of yesterday, and that its tour schedule was unaffected.

Group trips to Thailand will go ahead as usual, but anyone who wants to cancel can do so based on the terms of their contract, it said, adding that measures will be taken as necessary to ensure the safety of those people already in Thailand.

Internet-based tour firm Ctrip said its tourists in Thailand are safe and that it has no plans to suspend its scheduled tours.

The company said it will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly if there are any significant changes.

People who have already booked trips to Thailand will be eligible for refunds subject to the usual terms, it said.

The Shanghai China Travel International said it has urged its tour guides and tourists in Thailand to exercise caution under the current circumstances.

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok on Thursday warned anyone planning to visit the country to remain vigilant and to not go out at night. The China National Tourism Administration, however, has not ordered a suspension of tours to the Southeast Asian country.

Thailand has been the top overseas destination for Shanghai travelers in group tours for the past three years, with more than 450,000 visiting the country last year. The most popular destinations are Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.


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