Connect with us

Coronavirus: Tourism in Thailand hit by Covid-19

Lifestyle

Coronavirus: Tourism in Thailand hit by Covid-19

Inspire is delighted to have teamed up with Expat Life magazine to bring you more great content to do with Thailand

Over the past 25 years, Thailand has experienced a spectacular economic crash (1997), a tsunami (2004), coups (2006, 2014), the occupation of its main international airport by protesters (2008) and serious political violence (2010).

Yet the statistics speak for themselves. In 1960 around 80,000 foreign tourists came here.

Last year it reached 39 million, earning more than $60bn (£46bn) for Thailand, and indirectly contributing around one fifth of the country’s national income.

The country’s tourism sector was considered so robust that the country got the nickname “Teflon Thailand”. Yet of those 39 million tourists last year, more than 10 million were Chinese.

So when the Chinese government quarantined the city of Wuhan on 23 January, and stopped all overseas tours, the impact was felt immediately in Thailand. Shopping malls and temples in Bangkok were suddenly much quieter and less crowded.

As more flights from China were cancelled, the airports emptied. You could whisk yourself through passport control in no time.

For small-scale entrepreneurs, the collapse of Chinese tourism has been disastrous.

Many of them, such as flower sellers, traditional dancers, and the drivers of the famous “red cars” minibuses in Chiang Mai, are reporting their income dropping by half over the past month. The informal association representing tour guides in Thailand thinks 25,000 people are now out of work.

One of the first successes of Thailand’s 60-year-long tourist boom was the island of Phuket, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Andaman” for its soft white-sand beaches and sparkling warm seas.

The first foreign visitors in the 1980s and 1990s were mainly European and Australian, but the number of Chinese visitors last year shot up to about two million out of the 15 million foreigners.

The mangrove-lined inlets on the east side of the island, a contrast to the beaches facing the west, are where the boats leave from to take tourists out to the islands offshore. Like many of Phuket’s residents, Nattakit Lorwitworrawat moved here from his home town elsewhere in Thailand to start a business.

His company now owns 30 speed boats, each able to carry 30 people. He has had to take 20 out of the water, and the remaining 10 are not getting much use. The inlet, normally constantly noisy from the sound of outboard motors, is now silent apart from the birds and the lapping water.

Read more at https://expatlifeinthailand.com/news-and-event/coronavirus-tourism-in-thailand-hit-by-covid-19/

Source: Expat Life Thailand

Inspire is delighted to have teamed up with Expat Life magazine to bring you more great content to do with Thailand

Continue Reading

Nina has worked for Inspire and Choice Group Asia since 2011 and loves to party when she can!

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Lifestyle

Join our Newsletter

The Benefits of a Thailand Elite Visa

Events

august, 2020

01aug11:3030(aug 30)14:30Dim Sum All-You-Can-Eat at Hilton Hua Hin Resort and SpaDim Sum delicacies with a beautiful sea view at White Lotus Restaurant for THB 580 nett per person from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm .

01aug17:0023:30Vana Nava Sky Mixology Series: Black Tears EpisodeMaster mixologist Depp from Rabbit Hole, a very well-known bar in Bangkok, brings a higher level of cocktail culture to Vana Nava Sky

01aug17:3020:30Seafood BBQ Bonanza Night at Wave Pool, Vana Nava Water JungleServed you directly at the Wave Pool, Vana Nava Water Jungle! For our little guests, fun activities will be waiting for you at the Kids Corner.

02aug13:0021:00Ted’s Traditional Sunday RoastEnjoy a Traditional Sunday Roast each and every Sunday from 1pm for as little 295tb, with Roast Chicken, Lamb and Beef all available to choose from.

02aug19:0022:00Delicious Rhone wines and French dinner at The Villas Hua Hin ThailandDELICIOUS RHONE WINES AND FRENCH DINNER

04aug19:3022:00Trivia night is back at Sage Bar soi 102!Please join us with our lovely hostess Wendy Herbert as we again test our minds.

05aug20:0023:00The Bangkok Beatles at Father Ted’s Hua HinWe welcome back Thailand’s favourite and most successful show band “The Bangkok Beatles” to Father Ted’s

07aug(aug 7)16:0008(aug 8)22:30Hua Hin Food Festival 2020 : Pizza Paradise at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua HinCentara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, together with Hua Hin Municipality and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), invites all food connoisseurs to the iconic Hua Hin beach for the best-ever Hua Hin Food Festival 2020

08aug18:0022:00Fisherman Village Seafood Market at Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua HinEnjoy a sumptuous selection of dishes and a splendid buffet highlighting Seafood, BBQ meats and much more plus a great kids’ selection for our Little Big Travellers who eat free when accompanied by a paying adult.

09aug11:3014:30Infinity À La Carte Brunch at Vana Nava SkySpoil yourself this Sunday with an elegant and indulgent Infinity à la carte Brunch at our stunning rooftop restaurant and bar, Vana Nava Sky

09aug13:0021:00Ted’s Traditional Sunday RoastEnjoy a Traditional Sunday Roast each and every Sunday from 1pm for as little 295tb, with Roast Chicken, Lamb and Beef all available to choose from.

12aug15:0016:00Online Talk Class: Ways to Improve Your Gut Health and Mood at Chiva-Som International Health ResortThis talk class will discuss ways women can improve gut health and mood with Chiva-Som’s Naturopathic expert.

12aug18:0022:00Mother’s Day Dinner at Amber Kitchen, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & SpaDiscover our amazing international buffet with an array of sumptuous dishes, including premium seafood, grilled meats and delicious desserts, accompanied by live music.

29aug(aug 29)08:0030(aug 30)20:00The Triskele Trophy 2020 at Black Mountain & Banyan Golf ClubTHB 8,600 per player

Sponser

Trending



werehumans web design and SEO Pattaya

To Top
X