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Phuket: The wait for the return of foreign tourists goes on as more businesses close

 

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Picture: Thai PBS

 

Media Thai PBS went to Patong on the island of Phuket and found the place deserted and in desperate need of foreign tourists.

 

Court closure notices were outside hotels and assets had been seized. 

 

Just a few traders were milling about and some shops were open.

 

But tourism was at least 90% down and occupancy at hotels was similarly at only 10%.

 

The media said that the government was promoting Thai domestic tourism but that was pointless for Patong. 

 

They rely on foreign tourists and Thai tourists go elsewhere. 

 

"Patong is not a destination for Thais," said boutique hotel owner Pimphisaporn. Some of the bigger hotels were able to attract people for meals but they were unable to do even that.

 

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The government had said people must diversify but that was not something small business owners could do and besides that took investment money that they didn't have. 

 

It was inevitable that more businesses would close, said a business leader. Only 100 were left open out of 400.

 

The rest had shut because they couldn't stay afloat. 

 

How long the remaining could hold on for the return of foreign tourists was the question. 

 

Many more would go under long before that happened, the media reported. 

 

Source: Thai PBS

 

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"and that everyone coming must prove to the Thai people that they are not infected." 

Not if they are returning Thais tho. 

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At least they still have a hat maker and a flour trader milling about by the sound of it 🤔

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4 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

At least they still have a hat maker and a flour trader milling about by the sound of it 🤔

Care to elaborate or provide more clues?

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2 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

This hapless administration needs to develop some courage and initiative. They can't hide from the world forever. Extreme timidity from supposedly tough men is an amusing thing to witness. However, the pain they are inflicting on millions is not. ALL people from ALL nations should be welcome starting tomorrow. If you are willing to endure quarantine, no restrictions whatsoever. No begging of a consulate for permission to visit. That is nonsensical stupidity. Where is the dignity or common sense in that?

 

There are alot of expats who continue to support their local establishments, and it is just enough for them to remain in business. Some domestic tourists are picking up the slack. Otherwise, the nation is hurting. Some places seem to be thriving, while most are just hanging on. Spending is way, way down. Income is way, way down. Government assistance and creative programs to help the lower income majority, is virtually non existent. So, where is all of this going to lead when they cannot even agree to let ANY and ALL foreigners in, who are willing to pay for, and subject themselves to quarantine? Such timidity and a stunning lack of courage on the part of the administration. So weak. So incompetent. My heart goes out to the average Thai. 

 

One thing is for certain. The longer they wait to normalize tourism, the fewer people will come back. The masses have a short memory. It is my prediction that tourism will not recover even close to it's former levels here, within our lifetimes. Although that is a good thing for most of us, it is a tragedy for millions of Thais working in the industry. 

In my case, I live in a country (Cyprus) with no Thai embassy or consulate. I would be happy to quarantine but cannot do the paperwork even though I have a Thai wife - and Cyprus has very little Covid-19

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37 minutes ago, stuarty said:
42 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

At least they still have a hat maker and a flour trader milling about by the sound of it 🤔

Care to elaborate or provide more clues?

It's jobs prohibited to foreigners.

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41 minutes ago, stuarty said:

Care to elaborate or provide more clues?

Well.....that went over a couple of heads.

 

It's a pun, in fact two puns on the word "milling".

Flour trader = Miller.

Hat maker = Millinery.

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