Maps have many uses!
With much of the world’s weather attention focused on the flooding and destruction in Thailand, many in the ‘map community’ are not only concerned for the health & safety of the friends, family, and the Thai people, but also the fate of the annual International Map Trade Association’s Asia/Pacific (IMTA AP) conference, set to take place in Bangkok November 10th & 11th.
Many IMTA members, particularly those traveling from North America, are having trepidations about travelling to a country that may be in need of relief more than conventioneers. Although the conference organizers have been assured that the primary hotel, international airport, and convention center are all dry and in working order, news reports from around the world and inside Thailand paint a more dire picture. Certainly a portion of the Thai and Bangkok economy is based on visitors, and the map community is very sensitive to this, perhaps even more so than most.
The flooding and displacement of people certainly isn’t a laughing matter, but this photos shows a unique use of map. For travelling delegates we recommend lamination!
See more images from CNN coverage here.
- Floods reach Bangkok, Thailand (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bangkok Braces for More Flood Impact (online.wsj.com)
- Bangkok braced for month of flooding as big evacuation gets under way (guardian.co.uk)
- Bangkok braced for month of flooding as big evacuation gets under way – The Guardian (news.google.com)