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Thai military promotes martial law as ‘tourist attraction’

Tourism officials claim a stronger military presence could have an adverse affect on the tourism industry.
Tourism officials claim a stronger military presence could have an adverse affect on the tourism industry. Image by Kevin Poh / CC BY 2.0

Thailand tourism officials have claimed that reminding visitors of military rule will make them feel safe 24 hours a day, and thus help to reverse a dip in tourist arrivals. However, key Thai tourist organisations have called for the junta to lift martial law, blaming it for many tourists shunning the country once known as the ‘land of smiles’. Read more: smh.com.au