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One third of tourism businesses could go under due to Covid-19

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The president of the Tourism Council of Thailand is warning that close to a third of tourism-related businesses are likely to be permanently shuttered in the second half of this year, due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Chairat Trirattanajarasporn says many will simply run out of liquidity to keep their businesses afloat and be forced to close up shop altogether.

“The impact of Covid-19 will become most serious in the third quarter this year after many operators tried to cut costs by letting some of their employees go, but after more than a million positions cut the situation still hasn’t improved, as no foreign tourists are allowed into the country yet. The council estimates that in the next 3 months around 30% of tourism-related businesses in Thailand are at risk of shutting down permanently.”

He says that many operators are starting to sell their establishments, including hotels, resorts, restaurants and gift shops to investors who want to turn them into other businesses.

“However, since the real estate business is also affected by the economic crisis, the hope of selling their properties is still bleak for these owners. The council had a meeting with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday and proposed 5 measures to help tourism business operators.”

The measures are:

  • providing soft loans to tourism entrepreneurs
  • considering moving the schedule up to open the country to foreign tourists under a practice similar to the travel bubble scheme
  • offering discount on electricity bills, one of the main costs of hotel operators
  • having the Social Security Office extend the compensation payment to temporarily unemployed staff from June to December
  • reducing the employer’s contribution to Social Security Fund from 4% to 1%.

He says that the TCT predicts that even in the best case, income from foreign tourism in 2020 will be slashed from 2.2 trillion baht last year to around 600 billion baht, or about 27.3%

Thailand’s government, successful with the local containment of Covid-19, is now confronted with a situation where the “playground is clean but there’s a big fence around it”. Its fears to re-open have been compounded by the large percentage of repatriating Thais who are testing positive for Covid-19 whilst serving their mandatory quarantine. Doctors suspect many picked up their infections during the repatriation process – at airports and during the long flights.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Going under not due to the virus.
    Due to unreasonable, and unnecessary restrictions the government have put on the country.
    In the name of – it’s for your own good.

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    Ron

    Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Sorry to disagree, however, the loss of foreign income from tourism will be closer to 90%, not 23%. Right now there is close to zero foreign tourism. Unless they are counting the foreigners living here the the loss will be about 89%.

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    james

    Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    I drove to Patong at about 8pm last night, all the way down the 200Year-Old-road it was desolate, no one was walking, I could easily drive at 10kms an hour as there were only one or two other cars on the road.

    99% of businesses were closed, it will of course remain this way until international travel returns but who would want to fly anyway for fear of catching the virus during the flight?

    I saw one or two crowed bars, no one was wearing a mask including the staff, people were talking very loud above the music while huddled together in one big group.

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    Kurt

    Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    The Gov did a very good job in handling the Covid-19 crises. No it’s high time to take advantage of this good-will. Open the borders to suitable countries, Tourism is a main income source for Thailand….. but the regulations to enter the country have to be establish with COMMON SENSE, that means the Thai Gov has to make the entry safe but also attractive!!!!! Not 1 tourist will book holidays with the view of a 11 days quarantine easy to understand, isn’t it. No guts – no glory, wake up Thailand and go forward, the recovery lies in your hands and not in the Virus!

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    ThomasW

    Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    If you can’t control it, learn to manage it, unless your desire is to commit economic suicide. Simple as that. Applies to every country unfortunately. But learning is not a military strong point. Killing things off is easier for them, no learning required.

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    Thomas Easton

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I was hoping to see Thailand again in December, BUT have to admit there are several things recently that are putting me off, Was planning on an 8 week stay in both Thailand and Vietnam, But seeing Thailand attitude especially towards western foreigners and not the Chinese where this damn virus started in the 1st place, I have a great respect for Asian cultures but when you’re not respected in any way then you begin to lose respect in turn, and seeing the 2PriceThailand on facebook drawing many eyes to the in some cases 10-15 times prices for westerners than for Thai nationals for various parks and attractions, do I really want to come to a country that I respect that doesn’t want me there but would still like my money.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Is spraying disinfectant on the Thai-Burmese border effective?

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FILE PHOTO: Spraying disinfectant has been effective in the community but controversial in forested refugee camps.

Some controversy exists over the Royal Thai Army attempting to sterilize areas of the Thailand-Myanmar border by spraying disinfectant along the border region. The army sprayed areas set up as a temporary holding facility for many Burmese refugees. The move drew condemnation from critics who claimed the disinfectant was not effective and not worth the expense of implementation. A spokesperson for the Royal Thai Army responded to social media ire justifying the action.

The spraying was done after the Burmese refugees had returned across the border to Myanmar, after fleeing temporarily to escape the escalating humanitarian crisis following the February 1 military coup. After the refugees left, disinfectant was sprayed around the area in compliance with Public Health directives designed to slow the Covid-19 spread and maintain safety. The disinfectant was intended to kill any possibly contagious remaining virus or disease in the area.

The spokesperson said the military used existing government equipment they requested from the Ministry of Public Health to efficiently disinfect the area. She asserted that the spraying was not just to help local people, but also to reassure them that it was safe to return to their daily lives in the area, to go to work or do farming, without fear of becoming infected with Covid-19.

While the response online to the spraying disinfectant scheme is still generally negative, it’s worth noting that the same spraying has been used to effectively sterilize 162 schools and 268 other areas since January. The spray is a safety precaution to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and has been used throughout communities in places like bus terminals, marketplaces, temples and other places where people tend to gather.

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Bang Lamung Hospital is full, province using field hospitals and ASQ hotels

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A spokesperson from the Bang Lamung Hospital in Pattaya says that all the beds put aside for Covid patients are now full and doctors are now having to refer newly infected people to Sattahip where the Navy have set up a field hospital. They’re also referring some patients to ASQ hotels.

The hospital said they had put aside 30 ward beds and 12 private rooms for Covid-infected patients but the beds had already been taken up following up to 500 people seeking tests at the hospital each day.

Chin Buri has reported another 97 infections today, about the same as the rest of this week. That makes the total in the province to 807 since the start of the month.

Confirmed by the government earlier this week, Thailand hospitalises everyone who tests positive. Or, alternatively they are sent to a field hospital or the government’s quarantine facilities where Thais were given free quarantine when they repatriated back to Thailand over the past year.

But the current upsurge of new infections being discovered in Chon Buri, and the rest of the country, is putting a strain on facilities. Some people who have tested positive are even being sent to ASQ hotels where the hospitals had used up their quota of available beds.

Public health officials in Chon Buri are currently urging people who are not considered ‘at risk’ to avoid hospitals at this time to allow faster processing of people who are considered at risk.

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Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas

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Thailand’s Covid-19 infections are still on the rise, with the Kingdom reporting 1,543 new infections in the last 24 hours. Only 3 of those are imported with 1,540 being cases of community transmission. Thailand has now recorded 37,453 infections. 8,973 patients are receiving hospital treatment, 41 of whom have pneumonia.

11 people are currently in a serious condition on ventilators.

1,540 were community cases, most from the hot zone of Bangkok with 409 new infections. Chiang Mai had 278 new cases, Prachuap Khiri Khan 98 and Chon Buri (including Pattaya) 98.

UPDATE: Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the acting director for emergency health at the Department of Disease Control, says that people will need to consider working from home for 2 weeks if they live in a red zone area.

He said that it may be necessary to increase restrictions further to mitigate the upward trajectory of Covid-19 that is expected to rise after Songkran. Those red zone areas include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Narathiwat, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani and Sa Kaeo.

“To reduce risks, people should work from home after the Songkran festival.”

Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas | News by ThaigerHere’s the trajectory of the outbreak since April 1…

April 1 – 26 infections
April 2 – 58 infections
April 3 – 84 infections
April 4 – 96 infections
April 5 – 194 infections
April 6 – 250 infections
April 7 – 334 infections
April 8 – 405 infections
April 9 – 559 infections
April 10 – 789 infections
April 11 – 967 infections
April 12 – 985 infections
April 13 – 965 infections
April 14 – 1,335 infections
April 15 – 1,543 infections

Covid UPDATE: New cases rise to 1,543, DDC recommends work from home in red zone areas | News by Thaiger

 

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