The increasing number of crimes targeting foreign tourists will seriously damage the image of Thailand's tourism industry unless the state beefs up preventive measures.
Police mascots were introduced in the tourist spots of Bangkok late last year. The number of crimes against tourists has increased in recent weeks. PATIPAT JANTHONG
Although it is too early to assess whether foreign visitors will stay away because of notorious incidents, some observers believe the government has to work harder if it wants to achieve its ultimate goal of earning 2 trillion baht from tourism annually by 2015.
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