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Tourist sector in Phuket reeling from lack of Chinese tourists

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

work on alternate days

The alternate day starts on second half of the year, when the Chinese are back in double the usual number.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in China

Course it could be that they just heard about more mass mall shootings and cancelled again. 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Tourist sector in Phuket reeling from lack of Chinese tourists

Gonna be some hurt bank balances this year.

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3 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

Eating breakfast at a hotel this morning. No Chinese screaming across the dining area, no spitting, no kids touching everything in the buffet and no smoking in no-smoking areas. Pure bliss!!!!!

Agreed. At Suvarnabhumi airport picking up sister....nice and quiet, easy to park, no Chinese tour groups. God I love these health scares. I'm off to Oz i April...hopefully the ban on Chinese tourists will still be in place.

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It will probably be until next Chinese holiday before seeing improvements in business for those that solely cater to Chinese.

unfortunately some businesses can weather the storm...

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7 hours ago, madmitch said:

Are you basing this statement on one hotel? Did you look at the same dates you stayed before?

 

Many hotels have reduced their prices. Not all, for many reasons, but have a proper look and there are plenty of bargains out their.

 

It is total myth that Thai hotels put up prices in times of trouble. I know other businesses do but the hotel trade generally takes the approach that it's better to have an occupied hotel room, which helps to offset costs, than an empty one, hence the reason prices reduce dramatically during low season.

Do you live in Thailand and that's a serious question? I can vouch for the statement made by madmitch that in my limited experience of 18 years visiting and living in Thailand that the hotel industry "4 - 5 star that I have used (I generally use the same hotels as in a very loyal type person) put prices up to compensate for lack of customers and will sit with empty rooms even when you area loyal customer refusing to negotiate the price they had given you weeks before (one hotel we used regularly every 3 or 4 weeks was nearly 3 x higher than a few weeks before at 6,000baht for 2 nights to 15,000baht, the hotel was empty) on those ocations they loss my business forever.  So my meer experience is yes it is very common practice in Thailands hotel industry. 

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Never put all your eggs in wonton basket.

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Yet the defiant thai bhat stays strong...

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Where are all of the celebrated FITs now? Vanished into thin air?

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