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PATA: No need to cancel trips to non-affected areas
Bangkok
 

Bangkok  
(28th Dec 2004)


PATA is reminding consumers in source markets that most of Asia has not been affected by the tsunami and there is no need to cancel trips to non-affected areas.

It reminded again that the disaster only directly impacted the following destinations:

  • India (Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh)
  • Indonesia (Sumatra only no reports of damage to Java, Bali or other major islands)
  • Malaysia (north west peninsula Malaysia not the east coast or Sabah or Sarawak)
  • Thailand (Andaman Sea coast only not resorts in the Gulf of Siam such as Samui, Hua Hin or Pattaya)
  • Sri Lanka (coastal areas)
  • Maldives (coastal areas)
  • Myanmar (southern archipelago only minimal/no impact reported at Ngapali, Chauntha, and Ngwe Saung beaches)
  • Bangladesh (minimal impact reported)

    PATA president and CEO Mr Peter de Jong said: “Fortunately, the majority of Asia was unaffected by this tragedy. Outside the Indian Ocean rim areas, the travel industry continues its normal business. There is no need to cancel trips to non-affected areas. And even some affected areas have some coastal hotels that escaped serious impact and are open for business.”

    For more information, visit www.PATA.org, or e-mail communications@PATA.org

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