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Phuket: More than 40,000 out of work and it'll only get worse if foreign tourists don't come back

 

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Evidence presented to a visiting government commission in Phuket showed that nearly 43,000 people had lost their jobs between March and July during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Suthep U-On representing the Labour Commission of the House of Representatives met local officials who discussed the bad news along with data about others who had applied for state aid. 

 

The meeting, last month, heard that the situation would only get worse if foreign tourists were not allowed back into Thailand. 

 

The issue is now coming to a head with plans for the "Phuket Model" and the recently announced long term STV or special tourist visa at the top of the government's reopening agenda. 

 

Tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn is a leading proponent of the STV that will be discussed early this coming week with clarification expected as to what it entails. 

 

The scheme, also backed by TAT governor Yutthasak Suphasorn, has its critics but many in Phuket - and elsewhere in Thailand, are desperate to make a start on welcoming back foreign tourists.

 

Others have criticized moves to oblige tourists stranded in the country - estimate at 150,000 - to leave after an amnesty came to an end yesterday, September 26th. 

 

Many felt they should have been encouraged to stay on and continue supporting the economy rather than chase well-heeled tourists who may not want to come anyway due to the hurdles presented by 14 day quarantine and large expense. 

 

The coming weeks that should have heralded the start of Thailand's annual "high season" will be crucial not just for Phuket but the entire country's tourism industry that has been devastated by the pandemic, notes Thaivisa.

 

Source: Manager

 

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The Thai economy is the WORST performer in ASEAN this year and all sheep like you want to do is keep it closed. Before you know it, locals out of work will start rioting, crime will go up and law and

According to the same site you are providing as evidence of the "terrible" pandemic, the mortality rate of Corona virus is 0,28%, for people under 65 years old it's 0,06%. Now, since there is a chance

Will have no high season this year. Sure.    Can not allow tourist from countrys not control covid. Because the loons. Terrible situation. So annoying me. 9 months covid and still not contro

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Yinn is correct. Looney World.  My state Utah had highest daily case  number yesterday.   Many daily highs this last week.  Definitely a real spike from school opening.  Many schools now closing and going online.  People and politicians actively fighting mask wearing.  Loons.    

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1 minute ago, Elkski said:

Yinn is correct. Looney World.  My state Utah had highest daily case  number yesterday.   Many daily highs this last week.  Definitely a real spike from school opening.  Many schools now closing and going online.  People and politicians actively fighting mask wearing.  Loons.    

Yup....that "rugged American individualism" is killing you.

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6 hours ago, Elkski said:

Yinn is correct. Looney World.  My state Utah had highest daily case  number yesterday.   Many daily highs this last week.  Definitely a real spike from school opening.  Many schools now closing and going online.  People and politicians actively fighting mask wearing.  Loons.    

And how`s the death toll this september compared to 6 months ago ? Substantially lower.

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7 hours ago, BritManToo said:

I'm surprised it's so few.

430,000 would be more believable.

Did the "missus" say this upon finding your phone and seeing your 'contacts" list of cuties? 🙂

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Netherlands have spikes too yet there are no more in hospitals and no more dying either, the real difference; they test even its known to have 30-50% mistakes on results. Anyway, much more jobs will be gone soon enough, as a lot of money indirectly comes from foreigners and tourism related business. 

 

Actually most of Thailand seem to only consist of endless repeats of optical stores, motorbike and car shops, 7/11s and maybe a few more. Sometimes I wonder if there is a conspiracy behind the population count of near 70 million here, as you almost never see any of them at all. I mean even central Bangkok is like a ghost town at night nowadays, the capital with millions of people....

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