After eight days Bangkok’s international airport will reopen this Friday and will be fully operational around a week later. It is good news for the some 200,000 travelers who have been stranded in Thailand, but the tourism industry will be set to lose millions of dollars.
The closure is going to stay in people’s minds for some time. Most people only get a few weeks vacation each year and they don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars going somewhere, only to have their vacation interrupted.
The protesters got what they wanted and at least it all ended fairly peacefully. The problem is that a precedent has now been set and if a particular group isn’t happy with the government, they know what they have to do.