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Koh Samui and the virus: What happens to stranded tourists if hotels are ordered to shut?

 

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Manager reported that tourism on Koh Samui is completely devastated by coronavirus. 

 

Locals wanted to shout out that the island is not in lock down and only two foreigners have tested positive.

 

And not a single Thai is infected on one of Thailand's foremost holiday paradises. 

 

But the facts speak for themselves. 

 

About 80% of hotels have shut down and sent their staff home. 

 

The 1% of tourists that are left are scattered about various hotels. Many of these are stranded in Thailand. 

 

Operators at a crisis meeting at a Bo Phut university campus on the island wanted the government to announce what they are supposed to do with them if and when hotels are ordered to close. 

 

Source: Manager Online

 

 

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When I go shopping for food at Tesco Lamai I still see a lot of foreigners!

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foreigner(s) lol
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41 minutes ago, Tchooptip said:

When I go shopping for food at Tesco Lamai I still see a lot of foreigners!

They are probably local residents and not tourists, and have their own home to go back to.

 

Why not do like Singapore and keep one hotel open for stranded Tourists, close the rest down?

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2 hours ago, Canuck1966 said:

And not a single Thai is infected on one of Thailand's foremost holiday paradises🤣

 

2 hours ago, jimmjam said:

Scratched my head while reading this, only 2 foreigners. No one else infected. So its not so contagious after all. What is everyone worried about.😂

Be careful what you wish for. From another thread

 

2 hours ago, churchill said:

Koh Samui Hospital Announcement of strict control measures
Prevent COVID-19 after finding the 3rd patient

 

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Thai community news is saying that it's a doctor, though they haven't said from which hospital, according to my wife.

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Quite a few stranded tourists on Samui now staying in private villas. Probably a lot more than are staying in hotels.

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

Lots and lots of places for rent on Samui. Low season combined with Covid means prices are likely lower than ever. With or without the hotels this will not be an issue for anyone. 

 

However, this will be a huge issue for millions, who were employed in the tourism sector, many making just enough to live, with no savings. And since a total lockdown has never been done before, what are the expectations for a recovery in the tourism sector? Does anyone think it will just "bounce back" to 38 million arrivals? I for one believe tourism will never be the same here. Perhaps a total of 11 million arrivals in 2020 and a slowdown to 20-25 million arrivals in 2021 and 2022. After that it is anyone's guess. The industry is decimated. And not just Covid. It was in a slow decline already, for a dozen good reasons. 

 

Expect a real spike in unemployment here that will last for years. 

Agree, there are lots of accommodation available on Samui and Phangan right now, and also some at almost cost price, as some resort owners just try to survive, and not loose everything.

I think that "recovery in the tourism sector" is not only for Thailand, but for many countries around the World; it might take some time to recover as many people are, or will be, hit financially, and therefore forced to skip a holiday trip or two.

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Well they can stop gloating as the third case is a hospital worker that works in X-ray dept .

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