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Thai tourism must be made more sustainable: WEF Report

By The Nation

 

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Singapore tops the list of competitive tourism in the Asean region and comes in 17th place in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. The index benchmarks the travel and tourism competitiveness of 140 economies. Of the nine Asean countries covered, Singapore was the strong leader followed by Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, Laos and Cambodia.

 

Vietnam and the Philippines showed the greatest improvement in competitive tourism while Thailand scored was 4.5 out of 7, ranking 31st in the world and third in Asean. Thailand scored high in Natural Resources, Tourism services infrastructure and Price competency but ranked towards the bottom end of the scale in Environmental sustainability, security and health.

 

Tourism revenue in Thailand for 2018 was Bt2.94 trillion underlining its importance as an economic driver. It generates employment and distributes income to local communities thus helping to reduce inequality. However, the competitive tourism index reveals that greater effort is needed to safeguard the environment and natural resources and new selling points identified to develop sustainability.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377477

 

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With a perpetually rising Baht (vs. USD) not sure how they can sustain tourism.  Hot money inflows not conducive to economic success.

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1 hour ago, yellowboat said:

Pollution and safety are of little concern in Thailand.  That the immigrations hassles and the fun is gone.   The army is morphing Thailand into something unrecognizable.    

So true! I was walking the streets of Sena recently and saw a brand new Pizza City. It looked so out of place. McD, KFC, and others can't be far behind. Can't stop the future, but the charm I used to love is fading fast.

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37 minutes ago, sturdyd said:

So true! I was walking the streets of Sena recently and saw a brand new Pizza City. It looked so out of place. McD, KFC, and others can't be far behind. Can't stop the future, but the charm I used to love is fading fast.

In the UK there now seems to be a 90% copy rate of all shops and businesses in all towns, one town is pretty much the same as the next - apart from silly women's boutiques that seem to be being run as money laundering by their lack of customers

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand scored high in Natural Resources, Tourism services infrastructure and Price competency but ranked towards the bottom end of the scale in Environmental sustainability, security and health.

If you'd said it ranked low in all the above I'd agree with you.

 

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1 hour ago, Pesche said:

50% of retired fellows are moving or repatriating since the regulations have become prohibitive. Within the last 6 months!!

Now there's a bold statement!

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Don't you get it? They don't want or care about long stayers. They want short stay big spenders!

Thailand is the most Tourists ripoff place on the planet!
The most complicated and unfriendly country in South East Asia to retire or to be "long stay"!
50% of retired fellows are moving or repatriating since the regulations have become prohibitive. Within the last 6 months!!
The most sad thing is, that Thailand misses the opportunity to prosper, while shutting the door to Tourism!
Future will tell...
Already now, after the worst 18/19 season, the bookings are missing and this coming season will be even worst... EVER!
Sad but true!
Thailand it up by itself by imposing such mind blowing ridiculous regulations! Specially for Expats and retired expats!
Retired Expats cannot, or simply don't accept these outrageous, imposed regulations!
Thailand slams the door!
So be it!
Bye!
 

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3 hours ago, jerojero said:

Don't you get it? They don't want or care about long stayers. They want short stay big spenders!

They are not getting those short stay big spenders. They have fled Thailand as a tourist destination long ago. Inadequate service. Out of control luxury taxes. Poor English skills. Poor wine selection, which is ridiculously overpriced. All Thailand is getting now is low to the low end of mid range tourists. That is all they will ever get. There was a time when wealthy tourists tried out the place. They came once and never returned. 

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