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'This island will be in trouble': Tourism workers brace for £37bn blow to Thailand's travel economy

Despite a domestic tourism bonanza, the Kingdom’s borders remain shut to international travellers – and the outlook is bleak for businesses

By Jack Taylor

 

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The small island of Koh Samet is eagerly welcoming domestic visitors following a three-month shutdown which has devastated the Kingdom’s tourism industry CREDIT: Jack Taylor

 

The Thai island of Koh Samet, surrounded by sparkling clear waters and host to an abundance of seafood restaurants, has fully booked hotels for the first time in months.

 

Ferries packed with Thai nationals, each wearing face masks, arrive on the hour throughout the day. National Park rangers in camouflage overalls and matching facial coverings look on as long queues of travellers wait to have their temperatures scanned.

 

This small island is now eagerly welcoming domestic visitors following a three-month shutdown which has devastated the Kingdom’s tourism industry.

 

Full story: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/island-will-trouble-tourism-workers-brace-37bn-loss-thailands/

 

-- The Telegraph 2020-07-31

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With no international tourists, it's dead quiet at ALL tourist destinations in Thailand during the week.

Now how can businesses survive if they get only 30 percent of their usual turnover...

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

travellers wait to have their temperatures scanned.

 

Why?

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It`s still 200 Baht for foreigners. Been there 2 weeks ago. Still, now they collect the money directly at the pier and not like they used to do at the national park gate. Before, if you booked a hotel around the pier (<deleted>ty area anyway), there was no national park fee.

 

Even though is fully booked during the weekends(2 weeks ago they told me that they just are allowed to sell 50% of the rooms due to social distancing), the island is DEAD during the week. I`ve seen instagram videos on Mondays or Tuesdays, where they had 2 tables occupied at the Ploy Talay Restaurant (the most famous one at the main beach) in the evenings.

 

In the past Samet got more and more popular with the Chinese, who prefer to stay around BKK and not fly to Phuket.

 

We stayed at one of the better resorts on the island and on both weekend days they ran out of Bacon/milk and cereals around 9 am. I think that says everything about the actual situations.

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