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[Expat Explore] Will tourism in Thailand recover anytime soon?

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Will tourism in Thailand recover anytime soon?

 

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Enjoy this feature as a Podcast!

With so much up in the air in terms of when and how tourism in Thailand could recover post-pandemic in this so called ‘new normal’ world, here is my take on things.

 

We can be down beat, but I think the force and will of the people combined with low covid infection rates in the country bode well for a surge in tourism, once we see some form of global normality return.

 

Do take a listen to my podcast below for my full opinion on the matter.

 

https://danaboutthailand.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/podcast-thailandrecover.mp3

 

 

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On 7/10/2020 at 1:03 AM, Expat Explore said:

once we see some form of global normality return.

Once my Aunt has some form of testicles, she'll be my Uncle.  Sure, pal.

 

Keep on dreaming.

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I'm currently staying in a hotel in Pattaya and there are very few visitors - it was quite nice at first, but then when I thought and it and started looking around the city, it's quite unsettling; I realized that things may never 'recover' to where they were, at all, or the new 'normal' may be significantly less than pre-covid.
What I noticed is that besides the many shuttered business, the main problem seems to be that the businesses that are open (or have re-opened) don't have many customers/revenue, so they are slowly dying. Like for example, traditional massage shops are open, but with very few workers (due to limited demand), so they'll just keep struggling until rent/debt burdens mount. 
Yesterday (Saturday) I went to Terminal 21 and for a weekend, it was very light. I think many people are assuming that things will just 'bounce back' but people had to adjust during the lockdown and may have different ways to doing things.  

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18 hours ago, sead said:

When people discovers how easy and well treated they are in neighbouring countries

🤣🤣🤣🤣

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41 minutes ago, Denim said:

We have completed stopped spending money until we feel we are welcome here. No upgrade car, bike , furniture etc right now. Just food and utilities.

Hunger Strike next ?

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31 minutes ago, tonray said:

Hunger Strike next ?

 

Bacon and cheese first to go.

 

I'm telling the 4 dogs to go out and look for work today. About time they stopped living on handouts.

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Ignoring the current situation and the hurdles of coming to Thailand my daughter from England was shocked last Christmas at the incredible increased costs in Pattaya since she had last come 2 years before. She said but for visiting me she wouldn't return to Thailand as Turkey was half the cost and the journey only 5 and not 12 hours. Other people might choose to go to Vietnam and become avid fans of Vietnam and never return to the land of farang haters.

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No one is going to be traveling anywhere for a long time economies have been hurt traveling in an enclosed place will scare people and this virus is not done.  As to the cost that people pay that will come back to realism as people realize that the cash cow is sick.

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19 minutes ago, JusticeGB said:

Ignoring the current situation and the hurdles of coming to Thailand my daughter from England was shocked last Christmas at the incredible increased costs in Pattaya since she had last come 2 years before. She said but for visiting me she wouldn't return to Thailand as Turkey was half the cost and the journey only 5 and not 12 hours. Other people might choose to go to Vietnam and become avid fans of Vietnam and never return to the land of farang haters.

My friend couldnt get back here to Thailand (he's retired here) so he went to Turkey for a month and flew his Thai lady to meet him. 2 people gone for a month. And it looks like they wont be back in August either. Beyond any logic.

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I hope tourism will never come back in the form that it took. The volume of toursists grew 3-4 fold from 2009 to 2019, but the share of GDP only doubled. What this means is that the revenue from tourism had a relative decline....ie each tourist generated less in real revenue. We need to go back to quality tourism instead of the riff-raff that have been coming for a cheap <deleted>.

 

They should ban these bus tours that Chinese, Indians and Koreans use. They should introduce some transparent planning laws in Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok, CM etc and stop overcrowding with poorly built cheap hotels. Start knocking down all the <deleted> hotels and building some quality. Lets move away from sex tourists, backpackers, bus tours and the like let's get a better class of tourist that appreciates a nice clean environment, places where sh!T from the sewers doesn't flood into the streets when it rains, somewhere where you can get a taxi at a fair price etc etc.

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