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BANGKOK, July 9(Reuters) - A Thai government minister on Monday blamed Chinese tour operatorsfor the deaths of more than 40 people, most of them Chinese tourists, in a boataccident off a resort island last weekend, as divers searched for 11 peoplestill missing.

曼谷, 7月9日(路透社)    一位泰国政府部长周一指责中国旅游经营者应该为事故负责,在上周末的沉船事故中,超过40人死亡,其中大部分是中国游客,潜水员搜索后仍有11人失踪。

The boat, the Phoenix, went down in high seas onThursday off the west-coast island of Phuket with 101 people on board,including 89 tourists, all but two of them from China, and 12 crew, during anouting to a small island for snorkeling.

凤凰号游轮在前往一个小岛进行浮潜的途中,于星期四在普吉岛西岸海域的公海倾覆,船上有101人,包括89名游客,这其中只有两名不是来自中国,还有12名船员。

The death toll, whichis likely to surpass 50, makes it the worst tourist-related disaster inThailand in years and underscores long-standing concerns about its safety.

死亡人数可能超过50人,这是近年来泰国与旅游有关的最严重的灾难,突显了长期以来对其安全性的担忧。

The rainy season nowunder way can bring fierce squalls and high seas in southern Thailand,especially off its west coast, and questions have been raised about why theboat had set out to sea despite warnings of bad weather.

当下的雨季可能会在泰国南部,特别是在它的西海岸带来狂风和巨浪,人们质疑在天气恶劣的警告之后,船为什么还是会出海。


Deputy Prime MinisterPrawit Wongsuwan blamed Chinese tour operators for not respecting Thai safetylegislation.

副总理巴维·翁素万指责中国旅行社不尊重泰国安全法规。

"Some Chineseuse Thai nominees to bring Chinese tourists in ... they did not heed warnings... which is why this incident happened. This needs to be remedied,"Prawit said.

“一些中国人利用泰国法人把中国游客带来……他们没有注意到警告…这就是这件事发生的原因,这需要我们来补救.”巴维说。(译者注,nominees是提名人的意思,但译者倾向于认为指的是中国公司为了经营需要在泰国的代理人)
He did not elaborate.

他没有进行详细说明。

China's Ministry ofCulture and Tourism issued an urgent circular on Saturday, stressing theimportance of researching online travel companies when booking overseas trips.

中国文化和旅游部星期六发布紧急通知,强调在预订海外旅行时,选择在线旅游公司的重要性。

Many of those onboardthe Phoenix had booked travel independently via online tour operators, theministry said.

该部门说,凤凰号上的很多人都是通过在线旅游运营商来独立预订旅游。

Earlier, authoritiessaid the boat was carrying 105 people. They later revised the figure sayingthat some of those booked did not join the outing.

早些时候,当局说这艘船载着105人。他们后来修改了这个数字,说一些预订的人没有参加。

"Officially, 11people are still missing," Phuket provincial governor Noraphat Plodthongtold a news conference.

“据公开信息,仍有11人失踪。”普吉岛省省长诺拉法特在新闻发布会上说。

"We willcontinue the search today."

“今天我们将继续搜索。”

Thailand's tourismministry said it would give 1 million baht ($30,202) in compensation to eachfamily of the victims.

泰国的旅游部门表示将给予每个家庭的受害者100万泰铢(30202美元)的补偿。

Tourism accounts forabout 12 percent of gross domestic product in Southeast Asia's second-largesteconomy, making it one of the most important drivers of growth, and suchdisasters inevitably raise questions about damage to the industry.

在(泰国)这个东南亚第二大经济体中,旅游业占国内生产总值的12%左右,是经济增长最重要的驱动力之一,而这种灾害不可避免地引发了对该行业的损害。

Chinese touristsaccounted for nearly one-third of last year's record 35 million arrivals.

中国游客占去年创纪录的3500万人次的近三分之一。

But despiteaccidents, political turmoil and even bomb attacks over the past decade, thetourism sector seems immune to bad headlines, earning it the nickname"Teflon Thailand".

尽管过去十年(泰国)发生了事故、政治动乱甚至炸弹袭击,但旅游业似乎不受坏新闻的影响,(泰国)因此获得了“不倒翁泰国”的绰号。

In August 2015, 20 people were killed, many of them Chinese tourists, in a bombing at a Bangkok shrine, the worst attack of its kind on Thai soil.

2015年8月,在曼谷神社发生的一次爆炸中,20人丧生,其中许多是中国游客,这是泰国土地上最严重的一次袭击。

Chinese touristarrivals dipped slightly after the attack but soon recovered.

中国游客数量在袭击后略有下降,但很快就得以恢复。