'Long-term damage'

national June 10, 2014 00:00

By Suchat Sritama
The Nation

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The seizing of Karachi airport by the Pakistan Taleban on Sunday night will impact on the Muslim country's travel industry due to the fear factor, said the boss of the Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA).

Suparerk Soorangurassociation said many people would cancel plans to travel to the country and the incident could cause long-term damage to Pakistan’s image. 

Meanwhile, despite the possibility of the curfew in Thailand still being in place, TTAA will host its annual outbound event, the International Travel Fair, in Bangkok from August 13-17. 
Through the fair, Thais will be encouraged to travel within the country and abroad as the industry looks to rebound in the second half of the year after taking a hit from the prolonged political crisis. 
Suparerk said Thailand in 2008 experienced a similar crisis to the one in Pakistan when yellow-shirt protesters occupied Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
According to Suparerk, most travellers flying between Thailand and Pakistan are Pakistani or from its neighbouring countries. 
He said the tourism industries of other countries should not be affected by the incident, while all airports, including those in Thailand, now had more security measures.