Forget About The Bombings; Play Pokemon Go In Thailand

The Thai Junta has plans of using Pokemon Go in a desperate attempt to boost tourism after the deadly bombings that targeted popular tourist destinations. Tourism is a large contributor to the Thailand economy that is why the government is making all efforts to present the Southeast Asian nation as a safe destination for holidaymakers.

According to the Bangkok Post, the junta will collaborate with the developers of Pokemon Go, the global game phenomenon to plant Pokemon Gyms and Pokemon Stops at popular tourist destinations in order to encourage visitors. If the number of rare Pokemons is increased in several tourist destinations in Thailand, it will boost tourism since everybody wants their chance to catch the elusive characters. There is no word yet whether the locations that were hit by the bombings will be used for the promotions of Pokemon Go. Some of the popular spots in Thailand that were hit by the blasts are Hua Hin and Phuket.

If you are not convinced that Pokemon Go can boost the tourism of a country, consider McDonald’s Japan as an example. Since 2014, the fast food giant has been posting losses until it struck a deal with the developer of the game app, Niantic to turn the 3,000 restaurants into Pokemon Gyms. People can eat their Happy Meals during hard-fought Pokemon battles on their smartphones.

According to the Bangkok Post, local communications firm True Corporation has completed a deal with Niantic to select the locations for the Pokemon Stops and Gyms to provide an additional incentive to tourists to visit the area.

The bombing attacks in Thailand have killed 4 people and injured 20, most of them foreigners. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but it certainly hurt the nation’s tourism. Hopefully, with Pokemon Go, foreign tourists will be more confident to visit Thailand.

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