Hong Kong travel agents cancelled eight package tours scheduled to leave for Bangkok and Pattaya today following the declaration of a state of emergency in the Thai capital. The Travel Industry Council said they were cancelled because of the uncertain political situation. It will make arrangements today for tours scheduled to depart from tomorrow. Council chairman Michael Wu Siu-ieng said the 166 people affected could put the cost of their trip towards another package tour within six months, or request a refund subject to a handling fee - HK$150 for trips of up to five days and HK$300 for longer trips. Some 1,130 Hong Kong tourists are on tours to Bangkok or Pattaya, including 362 who flew to Thailand yesterday. All were said to be safe. A Security Bureau spokesman said it was monitoring the situation and would consider upgrading its red travel alert for Thailand if needed. It has been at red since March 10.