Hong Kong Expresses Condolences On Thai King’s Passing

October 14, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (14-October-2016): Hong Kong’s acting chief executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, has expressed profound sadness at the passing of the king.

“On behalf of the people and Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, it is with great sadness that I express our profound condolences on the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” Lam said in a statement.

“We join the people of Thailand during this period of national mourning and reflection,” Lam said.

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The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday plunged Thailand into deep mourning, but for those in the tourism industry, the show must go on.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the former army chief who leads the junta, said in a televised address that the nation would hold a one-year mourning period and that all entertainment functions must be “toned down” for a month.

But businesses, tourist attractions and public transport were to remain open on Friday because of the government’s desire not to hurt the sputtering economy.

Bangkok and Phuket are two of the most popular travel destinations among Hongkongers