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Thai Junta Ends Curfew, Puts Out Welcome Mat for Tourists

Outside the temple of the Emerald Buddha, a popular tourist spot, in Bangkok on May 27
Outside the temple of the Emerald Buddha, a popular tourist spot, in Bangkok on May 27Photograph by Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo

The government of China has refrained from criticizing the junta ruling Thailand. Now the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council, as the military-led group is known, must hope ordinary Chinese will be just as understanding.

Would-be visitors from China have shown particular wariness about traveling to the strife-torn kingdom: Chinese tourist arrivals plunged 23 percent in April and May, according to a report published today by AEC Securities in Bangkok. The Chinese are not the only ones staying away from Thailand. Overall tourist arrivals last month fell 11 percent compared with May 2013, to 1.74 million. For the second quarter of the year, 4.9 million tourists will visit the country, according to a report published Monday by AEC Securities, down about 6 million in the same quarter last year.