Coronavirus pandemic: Thai tourist arrivals to plunge 80% this year

Coronavirus pandemic: Thai tourist arrivals to plunge 80% this year

Thailand is anticipated to see at most eight million overseas vacationers this 12 months, down 80% from a 12 months earlier, because the coronavirus pandemic curbs world journey, a tourism physique stated on Tuesday. The sector is anticipated to recuperate in 2021, Chairat Triratanajaraspon, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, an business group, instructed reporters.

Final 12 months, Thailand attracted a report 39.eight million overseas vacationers, whose spending accounted for about 11% of Thai GDP. Earlier this week, Bangkok lifted the ban on worldwide flights, however just for passengers that meet sure necessities.

FILE PHOTO: Empty chairs are seen on a beach which is usually full of tourists, amid fear of coronavirus in Phuket, Thailand March 11, 2020.

FILE PHOTO: Empty chairs are seen on a seashore which is often filled with vacationers, amid worry of coronavirus in Phuket, Thailand March 11, 2020.
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The tourism council urged the federal government to signal journey agreements with different nations which have contained coronavirus outbreaks, like China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Thailand on Tuesday marked 36 days with out a case of native transmission.

“The opening solely accounts for five% of inbound journey and the remaining are vacationers. Within the third quarter, if there are not any new measures, it will likely be zero,” stated the tourism council’s vice chairman, Wichit Prakobkosol.

A DJ is seen behind a plastic barrier at the Sherbet club ahead of bars and night clubs reopening nationwide after the Thai government extended an emergency decree until the end of July in a bid to avoid the risk of a second wave of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, June 30, 2020.

A DJ is seen behind a plastic barrier on the Sherbet membership forward of bars and night time golf equipment reopening nationwide after the Thai authorities prolonged an emergency decree till the top of July in a bid to keep away from the danger of a second wave of the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, June 30, 2020.
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He added that 1.6 trillion baht ($51.78 billion) of revenues could possibly be worn out this 12 months.

The federal government is seeking to enhance the business with home tourism, concentrating on 80 to 100 million journeys, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn instructed a separate briefing. There have been 166.84 million home journeys final 12 months, authorities knowledge reveals.

Thailand beforehand permitted a $722 million stimulus to spice up home journey to cushion the business.

A view of Bangkok city amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, June 21, 2020. Picture taken June 21, 2020.

A view of Bangkok metropolis amid the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, June 21, 2020. Image taken June 21, 2020.
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The assist for home journey will likely be rolled out in mid-July, he stated.

The primary group of overseas arrivals from “journey bubble” preparations might arrive in a single to 2 months, TAT deputy governor Chutchant Kunchorn Na Ayutthaya stated, with out naming any nations.

The TAT is concentrating on 10 to 12 million overseas arrivals this 12 months.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.)

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