We at Mekong Travel were devastated to hear of the disaster which
recently occurred in the region with which we are so intimately
involved. Our researches have revealed that despite the appalling
loss of life and the destruction of much of the property in the
area, Mekong Travel is fortunate in that all of our clients have
been accounted for. However, we continue to strive to assist in
every way possible to alleviate the suffering which is still occurring
in many areas of the region.
The following is a
message from our local agent who is keeping us updated with the
situation in Thailand:
"There has been
a remarkable transformation in Phuket further to the tragic events
of two weeks ago. The world will never forget the victims of the
tsunami or the efforts of the wonderful people who eased the pain
and suffering and led the recovery.
We must, of course, look
to the future. Accurate and factual reporting can serve only to
help the people, and the economies, within the affected areas. There
is no doubt in my mind that Phuket is open for business. The infrastructure
is safe and sound and I have no concerns for the provision of healthcare
for locals and tourists.
The vast majority of
beaches and roads are in pristine condition. The water and electricity
supplies are in good order. The hotels, bars and restaurants are
ready, willing and able to provide their legendary quality standard
of cost-effective cheerful hospitality. I have already booked my
spring holiday in Phuket.
At a time like this,
it goes through one's mind that it could appear mercenary to promote
tourism so soon after a tragedy. However, it is my strong belief
that the best way to help the Thai people is to tell the truth -
and that truth is that areas like Phuket are truly open again for
business. Tourist dollars will ensure people remain in employment,
improve morale, and facilitate the healing process.
My message is clear -
come to Thailand and come now. The generous, warm and friendly people
of Thailand need your support - now."