AirAsia has apologized for an ad campaign that some on Twitter perceived as promoting sex tourism.
Budget Malaysian carrier AirAsia on Tuesday, has pulled ads that were criticized for appearing to promote sex tourism in Thailand.
The ads, where the term “step out in Thailand,” had posted around Brisbane to promote the airline to offer direct flights to Bangkok, Reuters reported.
But Twitter users were quick to flag the ads. A user reposted a photo of the ad on the side of a bus and wrote, “a dog whistle promoting #sextourism you are offered by low budget, low-ethics airline @AirAsia. Bangkok is a hub of sexual exploitation of women and children and the 250,000 western male sex tourists coming to Thailand each year. Now it is just so convenient! #Pity”
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A AirAsia, speaking to the BBC, said the airline takes community feedback very seriously and the airline sincerely apologize for any inconvenience of the past concerns increase.”
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The company said that the campaign for the promotion of direct flights has been shut down and the ads are removed.