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Virus drains Thailand of 8.5 million visitors

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16 hours ago, johng said:

See how  not one (dirty) "Farung"  country is mentioned they seem insignificant to Thai tourism now..

China  number 1 ☹️

Good luck with that Thailand, reap what you sow comes to mind, more cash sale businesses like bars and restaurants will disappear with these hi so big spenders.

 

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16 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

January was a pretty normal tourist month, just wait until March number are out in about 10 days time.

The ATTA have better and more accurate statistics than TAT, available now even for most of March (up to the 20th):

http://www.atta.or.th/statistics-international-tourists-arriving-in-thailand-as-of-as-of-20-march-2020/

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Given that the real quarantines commenced only in March we can expect the next quarter to be horrendous.  For parts of Thailand, like poor pollution chocked Chiang Mai, Chang Rai, the damage may be irreversible.  RIP.

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Hmm.... I suggest Thailand has been draining itself of visitors for many years for reasons we are all familiar with. Som nom na?

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22 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

15.67 million tourists in the first three months including March, where many restrictions were in place? I do not think so. I can smell a spoiled fish when it is in the room. That would average out to around 60 million in 2020. Someone is lying, and someone is dreaming. Total arrivals this year many be 11-12 million. Real numbers. 

The numbers are from CAAT, so they refer to arrivals and not necessarily tourists. They would even include transfers I think. It also means that there is no correlation to the nationality, just to the airport they boarded and many flights from NA go via China.

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18 hours ago, johng said:

And the rest are stuck at immigration offices  trying to submit useless bits of paper !!!!

Read the news and you'll see there's no need for any documents until further notice.

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It's all gone a bit Rhodesia hasn't it?

 

Long termers with working cognitive function knew this was always a risk.

 

Irony is it was their best mates the Chinese that did it, and they are still trying to blame Westerners.

 

Just covering up their own inadequacies as usual.

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Don’t feel so hard done by TAT it’s the same for every country on planet earth just now 

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18 hours ago, webfact said:

the number of international visitors arriving in Thailand between January and March fell by 8.54 million, or 35.3 per cent, to 15.67 million, compared to the same period last year

Well, this means that lat year Q1 visitor were 8.54 + 15.67 = 24.21 millions. Implies that Thailand welcomed close to 99 million visitors last years. Another big lie somewhere, isn't?

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6 minutes ago, justin case said:

so they are partially to blame to let in all those millions

 

but now we are getting more close to a wet dream : total police state

 

it was already army controlled, but this is beyond any dictator's dream

 

control the people what to do, where to go, when to go

 

and all this with/for 30 deaths in 3 months ?  that is less than ROAD KILLings every day

 

Same situation everywhere.. Europe, USA, Russia, Australia etc

A great social experiment to see how fast everyone is willing to give up basic freedoms when they are sufficiently scared.

Who benefits from destroying the worldwide economy?

 

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18 hours ago, BobbyL said:

Remember when the Sports and Tourism Minister said it'll all be fine by Songkran? I wonder if any journalists could ask him about that prediction now. 

The reply would no doubt have something to do with ... "Misunderstanding" :dry:

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Does this mean the year-over-year tourist growth stats will only be in the single digits?  🤔

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