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Rejoice Thailand. 681 tourists will arrive in November!

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Rejoice, roll out the red carpet and sound the bells. Here they come! Thailand is about to be flooded with 681 tourists who have applied for, and received, the Special Tourist Visa. Ok, we’ll admit that’s the number is a bit down on last year’s monthly 3.3 million tourist arrivals (average). But, twisting the numbers like only the Tourist Authority of Thailand can, that’s more than DOUBLE last months’ total tourist intake.

The perpetually optimistic governor of the TAT announced the 681 tourists will be visiting Thailand during this month under the much-discussed Special Tourist Visa (STV) program.

263 of those ‘special’ tourists had already completed the 14 day mandatory quarantine, 134 were currently in quarantine and 284 would arrive before the end of November.

The TAT governor says that the TAT, Thai Airways and hotels associations had been working on what he called the “Amazing Thailand Plus Special Package”. This was a one-stop-shop service to make it easier for the tourists to get their air tickets, apply for their visa, find out about where to quarantine and book trips around the country once they finish their quarantine period.

Thailand would have normally be welcoming around 3.5 million tourists during November (according to 2019 data) but this year’s ‘disruption’, and the Thai government’s response to it, has all but closed down Thailand’s international tourism industry.

Whilst the TAT are painting a rosy picture of the November arrivals, the reality is the tourists have arrived at great costs, on a bankrupt airline, to a country where most of the tourist attractions are closed, and the streets of the tourist hot spots empty.

As of today, there is no plans to make it any easier for tourists to travel to Thailand beyond the current restrictions and visa offerings. The 14 day quarantine remains in play, although there will be a meeting of the CCSA on Wednesday this week to discuss, again, reducing this quarantine time to 10 days, for arrivees from low-risk countries.

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    Realist

    November 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

    “flooded” is a joke, right? 😉

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      November 21, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Ummm, yeah. There is an element of cycnicism dripping from this article. Sorry if it’s not obvious.

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        Niels

        November 21, 2020 at 10:26 am

        555 that’s hilarious – maybe in the future label the cynical parts as such, for the slower members of the readership.

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        Realist

        November 21, 2020 at 1:28 pm

        just being sarcastic. my old school winky face (semicolon-dash-paranthesis) came out an emoji 555

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    EdwardV

    November 21, 2020 at 11:19 am

    That is such an appropriate picture, well done.

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    Remo

    November 21, 2020 at 11:36 am

    We should avoid calling them tourists, these Chinese people are long term expats.

    Tourists dont stay here for 6-9 months, as they have jobs or businesses back home, so they have return after 2-3 weeks.

    These long staying guys either make their living in Thailand or have capital income from abroad.

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      preesy chepuce

      November 22, 2020 at 12:20 am

      Expats? not so much, carpetbaggers? Ask an investigative journalist…

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    lou

    November 21, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Great comments, great photo, for once the TAT giving the right figures its new !!!!! they should open a shop selling TAT silk ties, more comfortable to hang ourselves rather than a hemp rope, guys from the tourism sector thanking you so much for wise decisions to kill the industry and its millions members rather than implimenting more clever solutions than quarantines and hassles from heavy documentations.

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    Jeremy

    November 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    hahaha the title and picture of the contemplating monkey in front of the empty beach is spot on!! He must be watching for his ship to sail in?! LOL
    love the sense of humor by the publicists.

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    Nipral

    November 21, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Are the 681 sanity tests ready ?

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    Simple Math

    November 21, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    That`s 99.98 percent down on last year`s average number of monthly arrivals. Imagine you earned 1000 dollars from your investment this month last year, and this month you`ve earned just 20 cents.

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    liam

    November 21, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Thailand would have normally be welcoming around 3.5 million tourists during November (according to 2019 data) november 2020 681 tourists

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    Toby Andrews

    November 21, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Yes a good picture. A Thai monkey waiting for the tourists to arrive with the bananas.
    But the head monkeys are preventing the tourist from arriving, and the head monkeys have plenty of their own bananas.
    so they do not care . . .

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    Jason

    November 21, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Maybe once Thailand has sorted itself out, I might return. These last months since I had to cancel my trip to Phuket I have seen so much of the way things have gone in Thailand. I am so saddened that I can’t visit. Maybe when common sense prevails again, I will be able to……

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 21, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    LOL – wondering why this TAT bureaucrats are not trying two weeks of quarantine by themselves?

    Quarantine is nothing else than jail time in isolation (normally a punishment for people being already in jail) – for which you must pay for!

    Except few desperate returnees or family reunion cases… NOBODY will come!

    I got the details of the rules to be implemented by the hotels and this is crazy insane (no window can be open…).

    The funniest part is that the country does not even test its own population although cases are appearing left and right and remain unexplained (the Korean soldier, the Thai going to Japan, the DJ in BKK…)

    Although I have the means to afford a five stars quarantine, I will happily look at their economy going South and get my vaccine during Q1 2021 in Europe.

    Good luck!

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    Branzone

    November 21, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Eight months now I left my family in Chiang Rai, no reasonable hope to return.

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    west tiger

    November 22, 2020 at 3:19 am

    Farang tourism is the answer to Thailand’s sinking or sunk tourist industry, but the government is avoiding it for reasons unknown to many people

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    Sylvia L. Severi

    November 23, 2020 at 1:15 am

    When, when are they going to allow those of us who made Thailand their home, bought property, enrich the local economy, have
    retirement visas which we have to renew every year and pay .. return to our home .. many os us are stranded elsewhere .. we are legitimate residents .. why are they allowing Chinese tourists enter and not us?????? Where is the logic ?

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    Khunplastic

    November 25, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Shurely this cracking picture is worth having a best caption contest with.
    First prize a bunch of bananas and a bottle of Chang perhaps!

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    gosport

    November 26, 2020 at 9:00 am

    This photo is the most amazing one in this site for this topic.

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