Causes of Insecurity of Tourism in Hat Yai, Songkhla

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Nopadol Nimsuwan
Arisra Boonrat

Abstract

          This study aimed to explore the causes of insecurity of tourism in Hat Yai, Songkhla. The research subjects were 300 tourists visiting Hatyai, Songkhla province from January to February 2013. They were sampled by the way of accidental sampling. A questionnaire was used as a research instrument for data collection.


          The results show that there are five forms of causes of tourism insecurity. The first form is related to crime in which bomb found to be tourists’ major apprehension followed by arson, burglary, and robbery.
The second form is related to the accident in which being crashed vehicles are found to most of the time happen to tourists, followed by short circuits and slipping into a pipe. The third form is related to a natural disaster where tourists are mostly affected by flood followed by earthquakes and lightning. The fourth form is related to welfare and security in which the lax security maintenance is required to be resolved followed by the lack of security maintenance system and tourist emergency service. The final form of causes of
tourist insecurity is related to the participation of the community in which tourists find the lack of useful information to prevent insecurity followed by exploiting actions of business towards tourists and lack of security maintenance by communities and community representatives.

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