Thailand: 2011 Business Travel Safety and Security Forecast

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Thailand: 2011 Business Travel Safety and Security Forecast

  1. 1. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2011 ReportTable of Contents Introduction .................................................................................................................................3 Thailand Outlook-2011 ...............................................................................................................3 Key Issues ...................................................................................................................................4 Advice..........................................................................................................................................7 Summary .....................................................................................................................................9Copyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 2 of 9
  2. 2. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! !! 2011 ReportIntroductionIf you want the most useful information to help you travel safely to Thailandthen you need to read this report. This report is the result of numerousinterviews and specialist analysis on the issues affecting Thailand travel safetyand security.The main points covered in the report will be key issues affecting travel,general travel advice and the most common mistakes that ruins business andleisure travel to Thailand.After reading this report you will be better prepared for your immediate traveland a strategy for travel throughout the year to Thailand.Thailand Outlook-2011The year will continue to be overshadowed by unresolved issues aroundpolitical parties and past deeds on all sides. With the likelihood of an electionthis year that at times will dominate the focus of many, including the variousnews outlets. While these issues maydominate the general media reports itremains a relatively minor issue to theoverall safety and security of travelers toThailand. These issues are likely to spikeat times or even lead to demonstrations,clashes and in some instances violence.Should these events occur, the subsequent expected decrease in tourist andCopyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 3 of 9
  3. 3. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2011 Reportbusiness travel will place many tourist and service industries within thecountry under duress. This will result in decreased travel options, poorservice standards and an increase in petty crimes targeting the vulnerable,small group/s of first-time travellers, with criminals looking to offset thislocal economic loss. Based on tourist volume in2010, Thailand in general suffered very little frominternal disputes and negative reporting.Continuous monitoring and assessment will be thedetermining factor for successful business andleisure travel to Thailand for 2011.It should also be noted that the King of Thailand,the longest serving monarch in the world has beenhospitalized frequently over the past two years. He is in his late eighties andhas been the main stabilizing influence in Thailand for more than 60 years.The transition of power is likely to result in instability by various individualsand groups with politically and commercially motivated agendas. This is a keytrigger that leisure and business travellers must monitor.Key IssuesThailand has many world-class medical service and support offerings (limitednone the less) which is in part a major motivator for increasing medicaltourism to the country. The discerning traveler can utilize these facilities tomore than compensate the costs of a holiday or business trip in one of theWorlds greatest destinations. However, these medical facilities are notCopyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 4 of 9
  4. 4. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! !! 2011 Reportmatched by ambulance and emergency service response capability foraccident and illness.Viral illness and insect borne disease continue to infect travellers. It isunlikely there will be any major success in containing these natural hazardsthroughout the course of the year.While English is prevalent in major tourist and travel locations,comprehension and application also remains inconsistent. In the event of anurgent situation or emergency, this is likely to reduce even further. This alsoapplies to emergency services and law enforcement personnel.Travel further afield from major cities andtourist locations will result in furtherdecreased language support. Otherlanguages are even less prevalent in mostareas.Thailand has a very high rate of motor vehicle accidents and resultingfatalities in comparison to developed countries. Over half of these incidentsinvolve motorcycles. Local driving standards and conditions will remain amajor hazard for all independent travel using cars and group travel involvingbuses of all sizes. Seat belts are not commonly used and may even be absentin may taxis and public transport vehicles.Copyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 5 of 9
  5. 5. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2011 ReportWhile the majority of petty andviolent crimes within Thailandaffect the Thais, many unawareforeign travellers are also victimsof such crimes. The majormotivation for such crimes iseconomic gain such as money,valuables or goods. Money, cameras, handbags, credit cards and the likeremain highly prized items to thieves and opportunists. Violent encountersand crimes usually result from resistance to a lesser crime or confrontationwith drunken, violent or armed offenders.Seasonal and sudden weather events within Thailand often result indisruptions to travel, both road and air. Flooding, changed pedestrianconditions and heat all have an impact on travellers and those not yetacclimatized to routine and extreme variances.Families with small children and those with physical limitations are notwidely catered for in Thailand. Access to and from transport oraccommodation continues to present challenges and risk to individuals andgroups. Busy crowds and traffic locations add to this risk.Copyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 6 of 9
  6. 6. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! !! 2011 ReportAdviceMany travellers, without anypreparation or planning, experienceevent/trouble free travel to Thailand.However, this is more luck than adeliberate outcome. Moreover, it isoften this very group that sufferconsiderable duress, disruption, lossand injury when accidents do occur. It is highly recommend that all travel tothe country on either business or leisure be conducted only after some basicplanning considerations.Reduce the risk of financial loss and disruption with appropriate insuranceproducts and services. If not inclusive in travel packages, ensure medicalsupport and coverage is taken out also.Determine exactly where your travelswill take you and include connectingtravel options at all stages.Consideration should be made to thelevel of support and emergencyservices available and any/allvariations considered. Contact numbers or designated response protocolsCopyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 7 of 9
  7. 7. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2011 Reportshould be stored in phones, computers and in printed form. Scanned copiesshould also be held in a public access email or document storage account.Minimize the amount of cash orvaluables carried away from mainaccommodation locations. Do notcarry passports and vital traveldocumentation unless absolutelynecessary. Maintain an emergencycredit card or cash reserve at yourhotel or within your main baggage in the event of loss.Avoid any-and-all demonstrations orpolitical gatherings. If you stumbleacross a gathering inadvertently donot move in the direction of either thepolice/military or supporters. Moveaway in a totally different direction ina calm and deliberate manner. Do nottake photos or cross roads unlessabsolutely necessary.Circumstances continue to change in Thailand on a regular basis. Regularissues and spontaneous events can have a significant impact on travel andCopyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 8 of 9
  8. 8. Travel Safe Advice to Thailand! ! ! ! ! !! 2011 Reporttravel activities. Travelers or travel managers should maintain an effectiveand continuous monitoring programto pre-empt, avoid or respond todeveloping events. This processshould encompass multiplecommunications mediums andcontain qualified or specialist adviceand not just open source media.SummaryNow that you have read this comprehensive report for travel safe advice toThailand during 2011 you must act upon the advice given. You have beenshown the key issues affecting travel to the country for the year and providedwith valuable advice and tips to avoid most of the negative events affectingtravellers. Ensure you continue to monitor the events that affect the country,your destination and travellers in general for changes and actively seekfurther updates and advice.Safe travels and enjoy your next trip to Thailand.For further advice and support from our team of travel safety and securityexperts, don’t forget to visit Travel Safe Advice to ThailandCopyright © 2011 Travel Safe Advice to Thailand ! Page 9 of 9

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