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28 minutes ago, keith101 said:

 

 

Despite this there is 28 members from my old golf club in Aus who are coming for their annual Thai golf tournament in Pattaya and most are big spenders/drinkers but this year their money just wont go as far so they might spend a lot less than they would normally .

Well, does not make sense.

If they are drinkers/big spenders, golfers on holiday probably 2 week millionares they will suddenly "spend a lot less"? No drinking or golf?

I doubt it I bet they will spend more.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Peterbilt said:

If you pay most of your trip at home in your local currency you won't have to complain about an overinflated currency.

1. It doesn´t matter where you pay, the prices are increasing. If you book your hotel from abroad you also pay higher prices. Many European travel companies increased their Euro prices 20%. I guess it´s not different in China but with RMB.

2. In Chiang Mai 85% of the tourists are individual travelers. They spend a lot of money in the city. The market sellers say that Chinese are the people who spend the most money per person. Same I have heard from restaurants: Chinese 800 pp, Westerns 200 pp.

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look at the hundreds of videos here. yes, some are not related to the virus and are clearly posted as a hoax, but many are not. 
 

https://twitter.com/i/events/1228168141454237698

 

U.S. Northern Command is executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic of the novel coronavirus, now called COVID19, according to Navy and Marine Corps service-wide messages issued this week.

 

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/02/13/us-military-prepping-for-coronavirus-pandemic/#.XkUajjSbLto.twitter

 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) on Thursday said it had canceled 18 cruises in Southeast Asia

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-royal-carib-crus/royal-caribbean-cancels-18-cruises-warns-coronavirus-hit-to-yearly-profit-idUSKBN207303

 

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Thailand tourism struggles due to

.... Ridiculous and unnecessary requirement of tourists to breath.

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1 hour ago, CNXexpat said:

Funny, Chinese don´t complain about the Baht and come in masses (if there is no virus). Only westerns are whining.

Yes it is funny because most Chinese barely spend anything of a package tour. Whereas westerners buy what they need daily.

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What Thai business people do not understand is that business goes in cycles sometimes up and sometimes down. If they have the TAT view; business ( $$) always climbing they will lose. I have explained this to my wife whose business was in boom times 18 months ago; BANK,BANK all the cash you can for the days business is bad, and that has been the case for the last 6 months. Did she take my advice; answer when did Thai listen to farang?

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21 minutes ago, legend49 said:

Yes it is funny because most Chinese barely spend anything of a package tour. Whereas westerners buy what they need daily.

That´s so wrong! 85% of Chinese in Chiang Mai are individual travelers and they spend a lot. Opposite western tourists they never sleep in dorms and a friend with a restaurant says that they spend 800 Baht per person in his restaurant - westerns 200 Baht. But perhaps you are from Pattaya where are many Chinese group tour tourists.

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Thai tourism was struggling before the Carona Virus outbreak, then it was blamed on Brexit and the Thai Bhat that was too strong, Carona virus just added fuel to an already burning fire, now no one is blaming it on Brexit or Strong Bhat, now all the blame is on the missing Chinese who in any way stopped coming BEFORE carona virus.

 

Now i see headlines how tourist operators are benefiting from the forgotten European market, that is now seen as welcoming.

 

Thailand should stop blaming everything and everyone else and start treating all tourist equally and with respect, placing all there eggs in one basket is now the cause of the problem. 

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Seems like a lot of posters here think that all Chinese tourists are on group tours. Maybe it's because that segment is so easy to recognise.

 

But it's not the case. If you go to most 4-5 star hotels or high-end serviced apartments in Bangkok and the biggest single nationality would easily be Chinese. They are mostly relatively young, English speaking and look like fairly sophisticated travelers. This sector don't stick out from other independent Asian tourists and they have money to spend.

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... spending like as if there is No Tomorrow... 

 - which describes the situation if they ever surrender freedom and return home

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