People pray at the famous San Phra Phrom shrine, known as the Erawan shrine in English, of the Hindu god Brahma, in Bangkok’s shopping district.
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Thailand's tourism industry may have bounced back after previous bouts of political unrest but a bomb attack in Bangkok targeting foreigners will likely prove a more formidable challenge, analysts say.The ruling junta that seized power in a coup in May last year was swift to say the perpetrators of the attack were targeting the country's crucial tourism sector, although who exactly was behind the attack was not yet known.It warned that the bombing had the potential to damage the tourism sector even more than previous episodes of unrest.Earlier this month the Tourism Authority of Thailand said arrivals were at 12.4 million in the first five months of this year, a 25 percent increase on the same period last year when Bangkok was hit by street protests that eventually led to the military coup.BMI said the blast would add to the country's economic woes, especially since the economy was still recovering from the political turmoil that ended with last year's coup.
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