The political turmoil in Thailand has not deterred Hong Kong tourists from heading out there to enjoy the four-day Easter holiday. While they did not think Thai demonstrators would disturb foreign tourists, some were worried about a possible repeat of the airport blockade in December. 'Of course I am worried. I fear I may not be able to return to Hong Kong,' said a Mr Hon, as he joined a four-day trip to Bangkok. His wife, Elaine, said: 'Our relatives told us not to go.' In December, the government was criticised for its slow response in sending a special flight to Bangkok for stranded Hong Kong people. Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said about 8,000 Hongkongers were in Thailand yesterday. 'As far as we know, they are all safe. In fact, other than some protest areas in Bangkok, everywhere in Thailand is peaceful.' A government spokesman reminded people who plan to visit Thailand that they should pay close attention to the situation and consider adjusting their travel plans. Residents who need help while outside Hong Kong can call the 24-hour hotline at (852) 1868.