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Tourism officials revise revenue forecast, insist Phuket will re-open on schedule

Maya Taylor



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The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand admits it may need to revise its 2021 revenue forecast, but insists the Phuket “sandbox” project is still going ahead – and on time too. Yuthasak Supasorn says tourism officials will set a new revenue target, for both domestic and international tourists, as Thailand battles with a third wave of Covid-19.

In the days before the latest outbreak, when all appeared to be going well, the TAT forecast was that 2021 tourism would generate around 1.21 trillion baht in revenue – 50% more than last year. The Pattaya News reports that TAT officials expected around 6.5 million foreign arrivals to generate 3.47 billion baht, with 160 million Thai tourists forecast to generate around 8.7 billion. Yuthasak admits those figures might need to be adjusted slightly… (cough)

“TAT must discuss with the Minister of Tourism and Sports and the private tourism and hospitality sector about the re-adjustment by looking at both the domestic market and the international market. However, we should consider the situation thoroughly as the new wave of the Covid-19 outbreak doesn’t only occur in Thailand, but also occurs in target tourism countries as well, such as Japan and India.”

He insists however, that Phuket’s July 1 re-opening is on track and the Tourism Minister agrees. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says the Health Ministry has placed an urgent request for at least 950,000 vaccine doses, to cover 70 – 80% of Phuket’s population by June.

“The Tourism Ministry will continue to proceed with Phuket’s sandbox project because now the Prime Minister sees the country’s economic and tourism resurgences as a priority. The “sealed routes” in which to restrict vaccinated tourists for 7 days upon arrival is still on and is under discussion with local tourism authorities.”

Today the CCSA reported 2,070 new infections in Thailand over the past 24 hours, the highest daily total since the start of the outbreak in Thailand on January 13, 2020.

Tourism officials revise revenue forecast, insist Phuket will re-open on schedule | News by Thaiger

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:57 am

    That would be quite a drumstick off that chicken in the photograph.
    TAT base their statements on new information. They has consulted a woman on the pavement telling fortunes.

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    555 what a joke, maybe The governor of the Tourism Authority not read the news about the situation of covid…Money is more important than life…

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Don’t see it happening July 1 but I like they are still going to try. I predict October for Phuket and December for the other main tourist cities previously designated.

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    What a big joke 555…The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand not care the covid but care the money..put him in a jail will be better…

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Is that a bad cough you’ve got? 555! Hope it’s not…….

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    dear Mr. TAT the new information is already old, the reality is that if the government dictator finally decides to pay for the vaccines, it may be possible to reopen international tourism in mid-2022, but the reopening will not lead to the return of tourists if they they will find ghost towns

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Last year’s tourist income included peak season 3 months January to March
    so unlikely to be exceeded. Sandbox project is not viable unless Phuket completely sealed off preventing Thais to enter unless have covid free certificates and they are prepared to quarantine. If possible vaccination programme for whole of Thailand should be expedited.

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    Bruce Con

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    You morons think its real deadly pandemic LOL, absolute brain dead subhumans. But thats fine you are first to run to juice up covid vaccine and first to depopulate, bye bye was nice to have you with us.

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