The Ministry of Foreign Affair said on Tuesday that more visitors will enter Thailand if the country stays peaceful and rolls out Covid-19 vaccines effectively.
Don Pramudwinai, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs told reporters that visitors consider many issues before choosing to visit a given country.
“Thailand must stay peaceful, peace a key factor for visitors to the country,” he said.
Don was noncommittal when asked if peace referred to the country’s political situation or something else.
“It’s all connected. Thailand is a top charming destination to visit. The only issue is its peace,” he said.
Pro-democracy demonstrators have held sporadic protests for over a year calling for a change in government.
The protesters have also demanded equal access to vaccines since July and a more transparent procurement process.
Prominent activist and doctor Tosaporn Sereruk told Thai Enquirer that the instability in Thai politics is linked to vaccine distribution.
“The government is responsible for acquiring and delivering the vaccines to the people. When they fail to do so, the people protest and say that they don’t want to live under dictatorship,” said Tosaporn.
“There is only one way for the country to preserve peace, the government must roll out a vaccine distribution plan more effectively.”