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Thailand Still Tepid on Tourists as Virus Fears Linger 

By Zsombor Peter

 

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FILE - A man collects his umbrellas on an almost empty beach that's usually crowed with tourists, amid the global coronavirus disease outbreak, in Pattaya, Thailand, March 27, 2020.

 

Economists and industry insiders predict a slow rebound for Thailand's all-important tourism sector as one of the world's top travel spots slowly opens its borders after more than three months of virus-induced lockdown.   

 

While some European countries, with far more confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, have already begun welcoming visitors from the rest of the continent and beyond, Thailand is moving with much more caution. 

 

The government says the first few thousand non-essential foreigners were cleared for arrival as of July 1 — mostly permanent residents and work permit holders, investors, teachers, students and those seeking medical care. 

 

Full story: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/thailand-still-tepid-tourists-virus-fears-linger

 

-- VOA 2020 07-07

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29 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

The government says the first few thousand non-essential foreigners were cleared for arrival as of July 1 — mostly permanent residents and work permit holders, investors, teachers, students and those seeking medical care. 

Teachers?  Here's one stuck at the other side of the world and not hopeful about taking up post late August!

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Many countries have found themselves to be in a situation that is between a a rock and a hard place, fight the epidemic by locking down everything and the economy implode on itself and ruin millions of lives or open up and pay the price by willing to sacrifice and contain certain number or casualties of both the sick and the dead...

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3 minutes ago, Mikeasq60 said:

Where are these people who are afraid of a CV rebound. Wheres this information coming from TV? Wake up people the govt is playing this for what purpose I dont know. Is it politicians gaining the power they've always dreamed of! Gather information about this virus outside of mainstream media and govt spokesman! Thailand is going down the drain!

How would the Government benefit by keeping the borders closed ?

Thats about the only restriction still in place , have Governments always dreamed of having closed borders ?

  What is the reason for that ?

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I would love to know the actual figures fo arrivals in to Thailand not the bogus rubbish that tAT produces but the actual figures at this time of the arrivals so called shut down? 

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4 hours ago, CorpusChristie said:

How would the Government benefit by keeping the borders closed ?

Thats about the only restriction still in place , have Governments always dreamed of having closed borders ?

  What is the reason for that ?

Any reason this government has for anything will be power , financial or both.

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3 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

I have a choice between staying in Thailand, where the CV is apparently not spreading and no one's dying from it, vs. returning to the U.S. where the virus is spreading like wildfire in many areas, 130,000+ are dead already, and the new CV deaths are running about 600 day.

 

Frankly, I'm quite happy and would prefer to stay in Thailand -- if this is what you call "going down the drain."

 

It is a majority of the Thai population who will go down the drain, not you personally. But you don’t really care, I know.

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