Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
More tourists who planned to visit Thailand for the upcoming National Day
holiday either canceled or delayed their trips in fear of the possible dangers
caused by the military coup in the country that happened this past Tuesday,
today's Youth Post reported.
At present, nearly 300 Shanghai tourists are
still in Thailand, with no accidents reported to date, according to local travel
The military coup hasn't affected Phuket Island, which full of
tourists, said a Shanghai tourist in Phuket yesterday.
A package tour, which
was going to be added today, has been delayed, with half of the tourists
canceling and the other half asking for a delay, said Zhang Huizhu, general
manager of the outbound department of the Shanghai China International Travel
Service Co Ltd.
At least 2,000-3,000 tourists booked tours to Thailand for
the weeklong National Day holiday. Ctrip, one of the leading online travel
service websites, has established emergency-response teams to handle the affair,
suggesting tourists cancel their tours and they will refund their tickets,
though the visa-handling fee is nonrefundable.
Some travel agencies still
have a wait-and-see type of attitude. "If the coup is appeased, our tours will
set off as planned, or we will refund all the costs to our customers," said a
spokesman with a local travel agency, adding that they have to negotiate with
airlines first, as they have already paid the deposit.
Tourism Administrative Commission warned yesterday that local travel agencies
should keep a close eye on the situation in Thailand and keep in contact with
the local reception agencies and the Chinese embassy in Thailand to ensure the
security of Chinese citizens.