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"Drastic" losses to Thai tourism with 1.57 TRILLION baht hit, admits tourism minister


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Send the bill to your mates in Beijing.  They let the Wuhan China virus out so they can make restitution to every country effected.  

For some reason, I'm not feeling it for the Phuket tuk-tuk mafia and their families, you know the ones who want B200 to go a kilometer down the road...and if you have the temerity to negotiate tell yo

It was the paranoid reaction of the government to the pandemic rather than the pandemic itself which caused these 1.57 trillion losses to Thai tourism.    Instead of gradually opening the co

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2 hours ago, Misterwhisper said:

Off with his head!

 

Not because of the financial losses (which are not his fault), but for lying, beating around the bush,, deflecting and making false statements all the way in order to save his precious face.

But the authoritative TAT: TVF now seems caught in a contradiction. Of course the tourism minister is NOW speaking gospel truth, because he's talking about a YUGE loss. Heads all nod wisely in unison. Yup.😃 Justice bein' done at last, heh!

 

Trouble is, to agree now then to account for such a loss you have also to agree with his earlier stats re: the YUGE number of tourists and revenue generated.

 

Wot? Were all our sneers just ignorant bashing as usual?🤣 

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1 minute ago, BigStar said:

But the authoritative TAT: TVF now seems caught in a contradiction. Of course the tourism minister is NOW speaking gospel truth, because he's talking about a YUGE loss. Heads all nod wisely in unison. Yup.😃 Justice bein' done at last, heh!

 

Trouble is, to agree now then to account for such a loss you have also to agree with his earlier stats re: the YUGE number of tourists and revenue generated.

 

Wot? Were all our sneers just ignorant bashing as usual?🤣 

Actually, has anyone checked these numbers vs the earlier per head expenditure TAT claimed ( without ever giving the source data ) ? 

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2 hours ago, Flying Saucage said:

It was the paranoid reaction of the government to the pandemic rather than the pandemic itself which caused these 1.57 trillion losses to Thai tourism. 

 

Instead of gradually opening the country months ago after having learned about the virus and it's transmission and treatment, they decided to block any tourists from coming. So what did they expect, other than ruining the industry?

 

But of course, there is this masterplan of the generals, to sell the country to China in order to line up the own pockets. So nothing else was to expect.

Thailand could have opened a long time ago if Europe and the USA had better control over the virus. They are still debating there that it not necessary to wear a mask.

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2 minutes ago, soi3eddie said:

How about stating the figures from begining of February or March to end of September? The pandemic didn't really take hold until February although the the esteemed Chinese arrivals did slow in January as they fought the virus they created. Now the traditional 4 months of high season are ahead and likely zero meaningfull arrivals until next March. How many trillions of losses by then? The next 4 months probably bring 50+% of tourist revenue as Thai weather is good, Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year holdiys fall and the northern hemisphere seeks to escape the cold and dark. 3 trillion as final figure for losses anyone?

 

Best selling winter destinations for Europeans are the Canary islands, Cyprus and Crete and lots of bookings for the islands in the Caribbean. Australians can't leave their country and if the Chinese can't come the high season will not be very "high".   

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47 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

Actually, has anyone checked these numbers vs the earlier per head expenditure TAT claimed ( without ever giving the source data ) ? 

I've yet to see any figures whatsoever from TAT: TVF. All we get is, "didn't see nobody at the beach yesterday," or "Lek's Beer Bar on Soi Buakhao was empty at 2 PM" or "nobody carrying shopping bags in the mall." 

 

TAT rarely gives per head expenditure except in limited cases. What it usually gives is revenue generated, which our brilliant Economists then ignorantly divide by the number of tourists to discredit the stats. Study up on the big difference.

 

We also always ignore the Mastercard Index, which happens to correlate pretty well. Mastercard doesn't count transit lounge visitors or day crossings by Laotians that TAT: TVF insists are being counted. Check out a few years of Mastercard: https://www.traveldailymedia.com/thailand-no-1-destination-on-mastercards-global-index/

 

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