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Covid-19 cases dent Chiang Mai's tourism recovery

By The Nation

 

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Chiang Mai's hotel occupancy rate has dropped suddenly due to uncertainty over new Covid-19 cases in the northern region, an industry official said.

 

 

Recently, 10 Thai women working in Myanmar’s Tachilek district sneaked into the country and put hundreds of people at risk in several provinces.

 

La-iad Bungsrithong, president of Thai Hotels Association of Northern Upper region, said 1,700 room night bookings at hotels in Chiang Mai had been cancelled, while tourists who were travelling as a group, such as local administrative organisations, had cancelled their reservations the most.

 

Meanwhile, she is worried that more tourists would delay their reservations during the long holiday that the government had announced earlier to stimulate domestic tourism, due to negative news of Covid-19 cases.

 

"To gain confidence among tourists, the Chiang Mai governor has assured that the provincial authorities will not impose lockdown measures. He also said that Covid-19 tests on people who had been in contact with patients had yielded 99.99 per cent negative results," she said.

 

She added that the governor had held an urgent meeting with hotel operators and travel associations on December 1 to create awareness on implementing measures to contain the spread of the disease, while instructing government agencies to inspect venues which contained risks of infection.

 

"The association believes that the governor's move would help boost tourists' morale because there are many tourism events during this time," she said.

 

She expected Chiang Mai's hotel occupancy rate in December to increase, as the occupancy rate in the previous month was 60-70 per cent.

 

"The negative news of Covid-19 cases in the region, however, has caused an impact on tourism during this high season," she added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30399151?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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6 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

Where does '99.99 per cent negative results' come from?
It seems to me for that to be correct, using the quote below does that mean if two were positive, they must have test something like 19,800 people?
I did this by: two people at 99% would be 198 tested, then multiply by 100 to find 99.99% =19,800 people tested.
If my maths is incorrect, I'm quite willing to be corrected.

 

According to another article:

"The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Saturday reported 19 new cases over a 24-hour period.

The  new patients included two domestic cases. The two patients had been in contact with infected patients."

source: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1195494-two-local-patients-among-19-new-covid-19-cases/

 

 

Never trust their figures, everything is messed up like lottery numbers. 

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1 hour ago, soi3eddie said:

 

Really? 60-70% occupancy rate in Chiang Mai Hotels in November? I was there in October and the place was deserted. Many hotels were also closed. So, better than 60-70% in December I think not.

In the three hotel that were still open she ment 🙂

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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Where does '99.99 per cent negative results' come from?
It seems to me for that to be correct, using the quote below does that mean if two were positive, they must have test something like 19,800 people?
I did this by: two people at 99% would be 198 tested, then multiply by 100 to find 99.99% =19,800 people tested.
If my maths is incorrect, I'm quite willing to be corrected.

 

According to another article:

"The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Saturday reported 19 new cases over a 24-hour period.

The  new patients included two domestic cases. The two patients had been in contact with infected patients."

source: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1195494-two-local-patients-among-19-new-covid-19-cases/

 

They make the numbers up. Whatever sounds good. 
 

They also minimize the potential impact by saying they put hundreds at risk when in reality they put millions at risk.

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10 hours ago, rooster59 said:

La-iad Bungsrithong, president of Thai Hotels Association of Northern Upper region, said 1,700 room night bookings at hotels in Chiang Mai had been cancelled, while tourists who were travelling as a group, such as local administrative organisations, had cancelled their reservations the most.

I don't blame them either.

 

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Maybe a good time to go for a visit during cool season and it's not so crowded. We could also take in the smoke and haze while breathing in the freshly 2.5 PM poisoned air! I hear it's beautiful this time of year. 

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But I think from the illegal entrants only one person "caught" it (from a returnee) and he/she either wasn't sick or it was nothing much. 

So even though all these people mixed with others and went to various places, nothing really happened. Maybe the government ought to get out the facts and not let rumors get out of hand. 

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