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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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It will not recover at all in 2021 unless they come up with some sensible rules for letting people back in without quarantines that consume the better part of their trip, or confining them to some isl

How can it only be down 80%, oh wait they still are trying to count the bodies in January and February and the partial month of March.  How do they come up with a figure of 8 million for the year as e

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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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