Thais tout post-tsunami biz

Tidal wave warning system completed; 3 projects head to country

CANNES — Post-tsunami Thailand is back in business.

That’s the word from the country’s governor of tourism Juthamas Siriwan, who is in Cannes to reassure the entertainment community that structures are back in place and measures taken to avoid future natural disasters.

An early warning system against tidal waves has been completed, she told Variety Wednesday.

In addition three international projects are set to return to the country in upcoming months — a CBS mini about the tsunami, a Werner Herzog movie called “Rescue Dawn,” and an as yet untitled John McTiernan actioner.

Siriwan also told guests at a cocktail reception at the Majestic that the Bangkok Festival and Market in just three years has exposed some 1,000 films to Thai audiences.

“In just three years, we have created the most active film market in Asia, putting over 2,000 prodcuers and buyers together,” she said.

Fest director Craig Prater told guests the upcoming fest edition would unspool from Feb. 17 through 27 in the newly opened Siam Paragon convention complex in the heart of Bangkok.