Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT) are in “deep shock and regret” following the death of an Australian travel agent in Phuket. The victim, a West Australian travel agent was stabbed in the heart after a purse snatching while on a famil with ten other agents.The bag snatch attempt took place outside the woman’s hotel, the five-star Katathani Beach Resort at Kata Noi bay in Phuket, south of Patong, according to the Courier Mail. The two assailants fled the scene on a motorbike also leaving a second victim with a slashed arm. The Group’s public relations manager Pongsak Kanittanon told e-Travel Blackboard that the tourist bureau considers agents its “closest friends” and will “try their best” to locate and arrest the two attackers. “This incident affected a group of travel agents who we consider our closest friends, who help us to promote the destinations in Thailand,” Mr Kanittanon told ETB News. “As a National Tourist Office, we will closely monitor this situation and raise this incident with the higher authority in Bangkok to make sure that something like this will not happen again.” Mr Kanittanon went on to send his deepest condolences to the family of the victim and prayed for the speedy recovery of the second agent injured during the incident. “We sincerely hope that the local authorities will try their best to arrest these two attackers and try to bring back the confidence and safety to Phuket.” The Australian Embassy is still in the process of contacting the victim’s family, while Australian honorary consul Larry Cunningham has visited and interviewed the other injured woman. The passing of the Australian travel agent has sent shockwaves through the entire island of Phuket and our travel industry. e-Travel Blackboard wishes to send its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, our thoughts are also with the group travelling on the famil.Out of respect for the victim’s family and friends, e-Travel Blackboard will not publish the agent’s name or agency details.
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