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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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1 hour ago, Baerboxer said:

 

WHO recognizes that Thailand has handled the pandemic brilliantly

 

Dumb idea not to close the borders and have millions affected.

WHO stated right at the start of the pandemic, that air travel did not need to be grounded, and borders did not need to be closed, especially around China. China, Thailand and WHO essentially caused this entire situation 

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1 hour ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Yes right. Meanwhile in the real world, WHO recognizes that Thailand has handled the pandemic brilliantly compared to all those wonderful "first world" nations in Europe, the US, Aussie etc. They all put money before people and are now enjoying their second lockdowns, curbs and curfews. 

 

Dumb idea not to close the borders and have millions affected.

You need to check your sources, if you used any.

 

Australia has done really well in controlling covid, in fact one of the top countries.  They test and report which is a lot more than Thailand does.  You never get the truth out of an authoritarian 'government'.

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5 minutes ago, Mung said:

WHO stated right at the start of the pandemic, that air travel did not need to be grounded, and borders did not need to be closed, especially around China. China, Thailand and WHO essentially caused this entire situation 

Because nobody knew the virus was airborne.  Something they determined later.  We still know understand this virus 100%.  Especially the long term effects.

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2 hours ago, crazykopite said:

Soon to be 3+ trillion when there are no tourists as we approach the peak season might as well cancel Christmas and New Year for 2020.

We have already cancelled it.

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5 hours ago, pkrv said:

Yes minister this might well be a worldwide phenomenon, but there's a lot of places in the world that don't have ~20% GDP reliant on tourism.

 

So perhaps way past time to get your thinking caps on?

And the IMF are saying that Countries which are heavily reliant upon Tourism, are going to have much larger hits to their GDP next year, and will take until possibly the end of 2022 to recover.

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2 hours ago, soi3eddie said:

If exploring I always used to rent a car or motorcycle when going to Phuket. Much cheaper than frequently taking taxis and tuk tuks and more convenient too.

I think the Spotter was referring to getting a taxi home after a night on the Chang, not exploring.

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1 minute ago, Jeffr2 said:

Other sources say way more than this.  And in the end, how much "grey" money is involved?  I'd say lots.

Do the other sources seperate domestic tourism and International Tourism or do they group both together under a single banner Tourism. I have yet to see any other links , all I see is members estimates with figures they just make up.

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It would appear that these figures include peak season as borders were not closed until end of March. Peak and High seasons starting end of December until beginning if March probably already lost so next year's figures are going to be dramatically worse. What ever conditions of entry including quarantine it should be understood potential tourists have a fear of travelling There has  to be incentives by Government spending subsidised airfares would be a start and crackdown on over priced hotels etc

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As lujanit has said, I can assure you all on TV that (apart from Victoria which is run by an idiot) Oz has its sh*t together pretty much re C -19. I am in a small country town in Nthn NSW, about a hundred miles south of Brisbane. No virus here - but our friend's half Thai daughter age 8 got sent home from our daughters' school yesterday with a fever and a runny nose (not been out of town for 9 months) and has to get a Covid test and 'safe' result before being allowed to return to school. There has not been a case within hundreds of kms from here. No masks - no social distancing. Like another planet. A plane load of Aussies from London came into Oz yesterday from London, into lockdown for 14 days in Darwin. And yes, they are allowed to have alcohol ! Tried to tell the wife tonight about this headline, but all I got is "I'm not interested - that is Thailand - I'm never going back there" but yet she'd only just finished a long call from her very sick mum in Chiang Mai, who at a govt hospital today in CM had to give 5 vials of blood, to find out 'just what is wrong with her' ! Never happened before, she said. Aged 70, she lives near the airport, for those locals. Guess we will know soon.

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39 Chinese is a start just another 25 million to go. I'm afraid they will have to open up, 20% reduction in GDP is too big a hit to take without serious economic damage and civil unrest.

 

I don't think they are capable of opening up with those in charge, tourism was nicely rolling again, people in and people out. Now they are starting from a very low base of nothing apart from the stragglers left from March. Tourist resorts that look like ghost towns with boarded up shops and bars. Maybe people will stick to closer to home after this situation finishes and far flung places will have to rely on less tourists.

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