Tourism and Sports Minister says Preah Vihear issue will not affect tourism between Thailand and Cambodia

July 15th, 2008 - 2:13 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

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Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat says the listing of the Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site will not affect tourism between Thailand and Cambodia.

The minister says Thai people still carry different notions on the listing of the Preah Vihear temple although UNESCO has approved Cambodia’s bid to register the temple as World Heritage. The ministry will therefore educate Thai people about the history of Preah Vihear. The minister affirms the number of tourists between Thailand and Cambodia during the first six months of this year has not decreased but continuously increased comparing with the same period of last year.

In addition, Mr Weerasak says the ministry is adjusting its marketing plan to deal with the high oil price situation which affects foreign tourists’ decision to travel to Thailand.

Regarding Miss Thailand Gavintra Photijak (กวินตรา โพธิจักร)’s winning of the best costume prize from the Miss Universe 2008 pageant, the minister says the prize helps boost the name of Thai boxing as there are about 5,000 tourists who are interested in Thai sport. Miss Thailand’s national costume was inspired by the outfit of Thai boxers.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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