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Phuket tourism economy expert warns plunging incomes may soon fall under poverty line

By Chutharat Plerin

 

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More than 600 people queued for food at a handout organised by disciples of the Yuan Phueng Temple and volunteers of the Russian-expat supported Thailand Help group beside the Karon Health Centre late last month. Photo: Chalat Cheepsattayakorn / Thailand Help

 

PHUKET: A leading Phuket tourism economy expert has warned that plunging incomes from tourism in the coming months could easily see Phuket’s tourism income per capita pushed below the provincial poverty line.

 

Assistant Professor Dr Chayanon Phucharoen, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Phuket campus, revealed to The Phuket News this week that the dire forewarning was based on the inception report by the university.

 

The report had determined that the forecasted “tourism revenue per capita” from tourists in the coming six months averaged about B3,711 per month, even with the multiplier effect – the amount the same money generates as income for other people as it passes through the economy.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-tourism-economy-expert-warns-plunging-incomes-may-soon-fall-under-poverty-line-78987.php

 

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It is the same everywhere and the government does not care. Indeed they actually want the tourism sector reduced in size so this virus had played right into their agenda. The trouble is there is no industry to absorb the millions of unemployed so civil unrest cannot be discounted in due course. When people lose hope & they have nothing to lose they will wreak havoc on support for this so-called democratic government.

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20 hours ago, rooster59 said:

A leading Phuket tourism economy expert has warned that plunging incomes from tourism in the coming months could easily see Phuket’s tourism income per capita pushed below the provincial poverty line

After 12 months one would assume it's already there for many

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I think they dont know the extent of people on the poverty line, I know of one family packing up here in Phuket going back to the village  this week 

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"However, about 91% of the income generated last year was realised from January to March, before the COVID-19 pandemic took significant hold". Interesting that 91% of 2020 tourism revenue was generated before lockdown. Yet this xenophobic government claims we dont need the dirty foreigners despite the tourist industry generating approximately 20% of GDP.  Other SE Asian countries will welcome them 

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Very many people I know have relocated back to their villages.  Many remaining are already below the poverty line and are literally scratching a living.

 

Handouts are all very well but that doesn't address the problem of lack of work - which is what the people I know want.

 

Until the tourist industry picks up Phuket and many other islands will remain ghost islands.

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