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Thai tourist arrivals to plunge 80% this year - industry body

 

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FILE PHOTO: Empty chairs are seen on a beach which is usually full of tourists, amid fear of coronavirus in Phuket, Thailand March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is expected to see at most 8 million foreign tourists this year, down 80% from a year earlier, as the coronavirus pandemic cuts global travel, a tourism body said on Tuesday.

 

The tourist sector, a key driver of Thai growth, is expected to recover in 2021, Chairat Triratanajaraspon, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, told reporters.

 

Last year, Thailand had a record 39.8 million foreign tourists, whose spending accounted for about 11% of Thai GDP.

 

(Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Ed Davies)

 

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So now Thailand can be called a broken hub of tourism as the only place a tourist can visit is the islands on the new government list. 

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down 80%  .......  well i'll be a donkeys a_ss   !

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5 minutes ago, Emdog said:

Where the heck are the foreign tourists coming from, how the heck is that 20% getting in? 8 million? Yet a foreigner on marriage visa living here for years can't get back in?

 

Tourism ‘expected’ to be 80% down this year... 

 

Thus, by the end of 2020 Thailand expects at most 8 million tourists in total. 

Many of whom arrived before lockdown, and more expected after ease of lockdown in the following 6 months. 

 

Married foreigners can get back in...  they have to apply for a Certificate of Entry, not as simple as just jumping on a flight, but still possible nonetheless.

 

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