- By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist
Brother, global travelers are picky.
Seems like the ever changing mood-makes it hard to sustain anything in the tourism industry.
First it was travelers from Europe demanding everything Green from Thai hotels, then another shift to “Social Responsibility Travelling” destinations, like vacation with opportunity to help the needy, and that comes on top of “Action Oriented” traveling. And before that it was exclusive travel and health related. Then way back, it was ethical tourism.
Thailand, on top of the sex tourism industry, have had great success in adapting to every changing mood of global travelers.
Want action, try kick boxing lessons while on vacation. Want green, try hotels that use only non-toxic amenities and water saving and treatment systems. Want health, Thailand is filled with world class spa and hospitals. Want exclusive top of the line high class travel, no problem. Want social responsibility travel, that can be done too.
Now Thailand’s premier travel exhibition show opens with expected 100,000s to attend-many of that, are industry people from around the globe-scouting for the best pickings in Thailand to offer their global clients.
The problem is that the Thai political crisis, while short-term is threatening to propel Thailand into total confusion and confrontation that can be over-come somewhat with public relations and sales promotions in price cutting, but long-term wise, there is also a price to pay for a repressive country like Thailand.
There is no hiding from it, a repressed country, has a repressed nature.
And to many travelers, Thailand is one of the most repressed country globally. Nowhere is the impact of Thailand’s repressed nature can be more seen, than in the example of the mysterious deaths of foreign tourist in Northern Thailand.
There, tourist dies mysteriously, but Thailand’s solution-one repressive cover up after another of what is going on. And the globe took notice of the deaths, hurting northern Thai tourism greatly from some markets.
Repression and censorship has gotten so bad in Thailand, tourist are left to fend for themselves-to the point that there is a dedicated internet site for those foreigners families with mambers who dies in travel friendly Thailand to tell their story.
But for now, tourist flock to Thailand, sustained mostly by sex and beach.
Then, compared to advance countries, the bang for the buck is just wonderful in Thailand-and the bang is really amazing. What many tourist fall in love about Thailand is the service. Thailand is set up for tourism it seems, as tourism is a service industry that depends on people.
And the service is great as the Thais are kept sub-service, as the repressed nature of Thailand keeps the Thai people humble and the class system in Thailand keeps the Thais full of respect and politeness. But democracy is bring respect to the Thai people of themselves. So how long will the Thais stay a humble servant for foreigners, supplying the tourism industry?
So it is all here in Thailand-action sports, spa & health, green, social responsibility and great service.
But to the many travelers who feel guilty about coming to Thailand, many are doing as the following article says: Coming to Thailand for all the tourist attraction and doing some good for the people of Thailand.
The following is from the Examiner:
Bentley out and Ashley Hebert takes 12 bachelors to Thailand
By Christine Nyholm, Cable TV & Celebrity Examiner
June 7th, 2011 5:36 pm ET
Ashley Hebert was reeling with emotion after the hurtful roast and Bentley’s mean-spirited actions on the June 6, 2011 episode of The Bachelorette, but the show goes on and Ashley still has 12 other Bachelors waiting in the wings. ABC released advance information about the episode airing on Monday, June 13, in a June 7 press release. The June 13 show takes Ashley Hebert and the 12 remaining bachelors to Thailand, for an exotic adventure and some meaningful work. The Bachelor airs on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison stated, in an interview, that there was a real question whether Ashley Hebert would be able to continue, after the double whammy of the insulting roast and Bentley’s deception. Chris Harrison talks about bad bachelor Bentley
Will Ashley be able to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and give the other bachelors a fair shake? The Bachelorette had vowed to open up her heart after she lost Brad Womack by shutting him off in the past season of The Bachelor. Like many, Ashley opened her heart to the wrong man and wound up getting hurt.
The Bachelorette Ashley has traumatic week
Ashley Hebert gets heart broken on The Bachelorette
Ashley hopes that southern Thailand will be the perfect place to start over and move forward in her search for a happy ending, as she begins her round-the-world journey with the 12 remaining men. How will she be affected long term by Bentley’s deceitfulness and game playing?
After arriving at the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa in southern Thailand, the first individual date was with Constantine. Their planned adventure on the high seas is cancelled, due to weather, so the couple heads into town to go shopping and sightseeing. Will the cancelled date lead to something more romantic and meaningful for Ashley and Constantine?
One of the best ways to help mend a broken heart is to get involved in helping others, so Ashley takes 10 of the bachelors to assist in the renovation of Baan San Fan orphanage in southern Thailand. The orphanage houses children who lost parents in the devastating 2004 tsunami. Seeing people who are less fortunate may help Ashley to focus on inportant social issues. The bachelors get into the work and start renovating, painting and decorating the orphanage. Ben goes a step further and paint a mural for the children.
Ashley also gets to explore some astonishing sea caves off the coast of Thailand with Ames, as she attempts to delve into their relationship. Ashley has not spent a lot of time with Ames, so she is surprised to find him witty and charming, but will it be enough to win him the coveted rose?
Everything has changed for Ashley. Still shaken from the raw emotions she felt about Bentley, she needs to make sure these guys are all here for her. Finally, two men face off as nerves are fraying before the dramatic rose ceremony, on “The Bachelorette.” At the after party, however, one bachelor demands more of Ashley’s time and J.P. is emboldened to make a move. Who will Ashley decide has made her world a better place and thus get the rose?
The twists and turns keep coming, and at the dramatic rose ceremony, Ashley, still emotional from her run-in with Bentley, expresses her apprehension about whether the bachelors are really here for her. But as time grows short, Blake confronts Ryan P. about the fact that he is annoying all the other men.
After the Rose Ceremony, one of the bachelors is sent home, leaving Ashley with 11 bachelors. The group looks forward to more adventures on their trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The 12 remaining men are:
Ames, 31, portfolio manager from New York, NY
Ben C., 28, lawyer from New Orleans, LA
Ben F., 28, winemaker from Sonoma, CA
Blake, 27, dentist from Greenville, SC
Constantine, 30, restaurant owner from Atlanta, GA
J.P., 34, construction manager from New York, NY
Lucas, 30, oilfield equipment distributor from Odessa, TX
Mickey, 31, chef from Cleveland, OH
Nick, 26, personal trainer from Tampa, FL
Ryan P, 31, solar energy executive from Corona Del Mar, CA
West, 30, lawyer from Chapin, SC
William, 30, cellular phone salesman from Galloway, OH
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.
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