Tourism businesses in Pattaya, that cater specifically to the Chinese market and tour groups, are preparing to shut down for a full month. Despite technically being the high season for tourism, and the middle of the Chinese New Year annual holidays, the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak has already had a profound impact. The Chinese tourists who managed to get to Thailand for their annual break have already gone home, according to 77koaded.
With travel bans on tour groups announced and enforced by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in China, boat restaurants, regular restaurants and shows that cater to the Chinese say their businesses have been affected so badly, they’re closing shop until at least the end of February.
77koaded report that just a few Europeans were left on ten restaurant boats in Pattaya bay that are normally “heaving” at this time of the year.
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