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BANGKOK 18 July 2019 07:30
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Phuket tourism going down the pan just like Pattaya: Few tourists and much worse than last year

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But, let´s see now! It´s not only in Pattaya?! Can it be so bad that it´s all over Thailand? Oh dear! Now I must make a little, but quick calculation for the BoT.

Around 38 million tourists per year. 30% off is close to 12 mjillion tourists. Let´s say the avarage tourist spend a measly 30k baht while beeing in the country.

That will add up to 360 billion baht, and that´s only the start as a gift to the country for overvaluing the baht. After that we have the cunsumer index regarding the spending power. All the loans that goes over the populations heads and a baisse in the export sector. Let´s just say minimum a couple of trillions of baht down the drain.

 

After that you start to add the difference in attitude and welcoming. The overgrown corruption and lowered personal safety for all visitors at the same time they shall smile and be happy to be ripped of by the first available driver. Yep, that´s a perfect composition for disaster, and the thing is. All out of stimulus, right?

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4 minutes ago, somtumwrong said:

Yes, we tourists are running scared as claimed in the article - but due to the security in Thailand. Was in Phuket with family 3 weeks ago, and it was very quiet and the five star hotel chain execs told my wife (she is an exec of that company) behind closed doors about a very weak season comparable to the number presented in this article. Shops are closing along the main and side streets. The tourists I saw at the 5 star resort were good quality tourists, no Chinese to be seen, and could not see many Chinese roaming the shopping streets either. It was very quiet. Loved it. I could swim almost alone in the garbage pool called the sea, ocean, filled with plastics and bottles.

 

With the strong baht, weak security and appalling attitude towards cash cows / tourists, we are looking for trips to Vietnam and Japan instead of Thai destinations. Thailand is out, boring, soo yesterday. In my home country in northern Europe people don't talk much about Thailand anymore, it's Vietnam, Bahamas and other 'new' destinations for Northern Europeans - there is a lot more variety to choose from. The flights to Bkk are quite full though.

"The flights to Bkk are quite full though."

 

Although the topic is about Phuket I've visited Pattaya every year since 1999 and this low season is about as quiet as I've even seen it.

 

A couple of my chums who are also regular visitors and have recently arrived also said that their panes were practically full. The industrial action recently taken by Eva Air staff surely can't have accounted for it.

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Maybe the tourists after reading about the rip offs scams ect have decided  there is more to Thailand than Phuket and Pattaya  

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5 minutes ago, shackleton said:

Maybe the tourists after reading about the rip offs scams ect have decided  there is more to Thailand than Phuket and Pattaya  

Like where? Where talking fun holiday family etc.

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