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Losing Chinese tourists to virus outbreak to have cascading effect on Thai economy

By The Nation

 

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Chatchai Payuhanaveechai

 

Thailand could lose 1.6 million to 3.5 million Chinese tourists and gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 would drop by 0.4 to 1 per cent due to the virus outbreak, Government Savings Bank (GSB) president Chatchai Payuhanaveechai said.

 

GSB’s research centre estimated that if China could control the Covid-19 outbreak within three months, Thailand would lose 1.6 million Chinese tourists and Bt80 billion in tourism revenue and GDP might drop by 0.4 per cent. If it took China six months to control the situation, Thailand could lose 3.5 million Chinese tourists, Bt170 billion in lost revenue and it would slash GDP by one per cent.

 

The businesses of retailers, hotels, transportation and restaurants were the most affected, especially in cities that usually drew tourists, such as Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, Chatchai said.

 

Retailers could lose Bt25 billion to Bt50 billion in revenue, hotels could lose Bt21 billion to Bt45 billion, restaurants Bt16 billion to Bt34 billion and transportation Bt7.5 billion to Bt16 billion.

 

The absence of Chinese tourists would also have side-effects on upstream businesses such as plantation, livestock, power and chemistry.

He said that GDP growth in 2020 would not exceed 2.5 per cent though the bank expected that at the end of the last year that it would grow around 3.5 per cent.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382317

 

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44 minutes ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Just perhaps the Chinese won't be back at all, ever thought about that?

Maybe the disease will spread to Thailand same as in China. You think the Thai could cope in 6 months?

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Tourism down in Thailand? I waited to the last minute to book hotels on Kho Chang from late February to early March, thinking there would be bargains. I was wrong, hotel rates are now through the roof. I had to give up on Kho Kood entirely, nothing decent at reasonable prices there. Thailand tourism in crisis my foot.

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