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Global economics report expects Bangkok to have the highest tourist drop

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International travel restrictions have crippled Thailand’s tourism industry so much that Bangkok might end up with the highest loss of tourists out of all the major cities in the world. A report from the global forecasting company Oxford Economics predicts Bangkok will lose about 14.5 million incoming foreign tourists by the end of the year.

Cities across the world are experiencing a drop in tourism, but Oxford Economics says Bangkok will be hit the hardest. The reports says that demand won’t even get back up its 2019 high until at least 2024. The demand for international travel to Bangkok will drop to 57% compared to last year’s numbers, according to the report. Bangkok makes up almost 2/3 of all the tourist arrivals, and consequently the losses, in Thailand.

Strict international travel restrictions and a mandated 14 day quarantine are contributing to the drastic drop in tourists. Along with Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya are in the top 20 most visited ‘cities’ or destinations in the world. The report says they expect significant damage to the local economies. The cities are already reporting damage done… Pattaya’s Walking Street has taken a major hit. Some businesses closed. The businesses that have stayed open say they need tourists, desperately.

On the flip side, domestic tourism is expected to increase, according to the report. Some tourist businesses in Thailand have changed their marketingstrategy, focusing on a local Thai customer base rather than marketing to foreign tourists.

For now, the Thai government is keeping general international tourist traffic out of the country as they work on new visa types and develop pilot programs for restricted re-opening of the borders to tourism.

A report from the Krungthai COMPASS Research Centre says the percentage of Thai tourists increased was 36% before the pandemic and it has now increased to 70%, on the back of government domestic travel stimulus packages.

By the end of this year, Thailand’s tourism revenue is expected to shrink by 70%, making only 9.1 billion baht compared to the 3.02 trillion baht tourism brought in last year, according to the centre. They say it’s going to be at least 3 to 4 years until revenue is back to normal.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Mikhael

    September 14, 2020 at 10:28 am

    They predicted this back in April and Thailand will have the biggest drop in GDP amongst all ASEAN countries. Why is this news?

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    murika

    September 14, 2020 at 10:39 am

    3.02 Trillions minus 70 % is 906 Billions and not 9.1 Billions, it’s fun to see that every thai news website that post that info are reporting the wrong numbers, like they just copy paste without even reading it

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      Rinky Stingpiece

      September 14, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      How sure are you that any of the numbers are anywhere near correct if the mathematics is that ropey?

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    Pete

    September 14, 2020 at 11:55 am

    I will never come back with quarantine on arrival !

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    Patrick Nouvel

    September 14, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Any how just just a fake undetailed report. Shame to read few closing in Pattaya, they dont know how to write huge closing forever? Pukhet & Samui, surely Chiangmai too, not ready yet to lose face?

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    Maverick

    September 14, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    2-3 years to return to normal is optimistic to say the least – they are assuming there will be a pent up demand to travel – the kind of deals on airfares available pre-Covid simply won’t be there so long distance travel will be out of the reach for most travelers for many years to come – local and domestic travel will be the norm for the foreseeable future – best Thailand starts to prepare for that.

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      Peter

      September 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      There will be no pent up demand, plenty of people will want to come here for sure but because you miss your holiday one year, it’s not logical to expect them to have 2 holidays the following year, I doubt the figures will match previous years, many will not have the money after having endured a year of recession.

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    Jason

    September 14, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Some things are missing in your article and the comments so far. Firstly, there are prospective travellers out there, like me, who had to cancel their trip to Thailand, because of Covid and Thailand’s closure of it’s borders. I have flight credit with my airline and have funds set aside for the trip which I am holding, waiting for Thailand to get it’s act together and open the border. Not only that, but the UK has developed a Covid Test that is 99.8% accurate, is a saliva test and gives a result in 20 seconds. It is now before the UK’s health authorities for approval. Australia has already brokered the rights for production and distribution in Asia/Pacific. Until a vaccine is developed, rapid testing will enable movement of peoples again. I’m surprised Thailand hasn’t reported on it??? I guess you will be left behind.

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    ron

    September 15, 2020 at 8:26 am

    open up the world this covid has killed very few people who weren’t already very sick. You are so dumb

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      Peter

      September 17, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      There are more than a million who would challenge your stupid statement if the could, they can’t because they are DEAD. Don’t forget, that’s from a standing start in 9 months and it’s not over yet.

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    Samielo

    September 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    With the immense racism of many in the Thai immigration police this isn’t surprising me at all; Covid-19 and strong Baht are not equal to that immense racism in preventing many people from returning to Thailand for a LONG time.

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      J.C.

      September 17, 2020 at 8:23 am

      > B-but muh racism!!

      Take your meds.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Bangkok DJ dies in high speed crash on notorious ‘death road’

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A well known local DJ died early this morning in a high speed car crash on a Bangkok road bend nicknamed “Curve of 100 Deaths.” Police say his car’s speedometer was found stuck at 200 kilometres per hour.

Police suspect 33 year old Annop Poonsripattana was going around a curve when he lost control of the car due to the slippery road conditions from the rain. His black Toyato Altis was found smashed into an electricity pole around 2:30am today. The impact caused Annop to be flung to the back seat. Police say his skull was shattered and his neck broken.

A security guard at a nearby building says heard an explosion and the electricity cut out. The entire area went black, he says. The so called “Curve of 100 Deaths” is near Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. The guard says many fatal crashes happen on the road.

“This area is highly prone to road accidents. Just last week a mother and her small child were killed here.”

The Ratchada Road curve so dangerous that locals honk when driving through the curve to show respect and to ask for permission from the spirits of those who have died there for safe passage, according to Coconuts Bangkok. In the past, many people have left offerings like zebra statues in honour of those who died in car incidents while driving on the road.

Annop played music at many entertainment venues in Bangkok. He was also a contestant in the Take Me Out Thailand TV show in 2015. An autopsy is being done at the Police General Hospital. Electricians are working to fix the electricity pole and restore power.

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SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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1 dead, 2 injured, as out-of-control construction truck ploughs into family car

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A man has died, and his parents have been injured, after a construction truck lost control and ploughed into their car, crushing the vehicle and killing the 27 year old driver instantly. The Pattaya News reports that the truck also hit 5 other vehicles in the incident, which occurred in the Minburi district of Bangkok.

The truck driver, named as 41 year old Piean Sricharoen, says he was having problems with the truck’s brake booster while travelling from the central province of Saraburi. While attempting to emergency park in the middle lane to check the booster, the truck began to lose its balance, crashing into surrounding vehicles. One witness confirms the account, saying the truck began to sway back and forth before crashing into the victim’s car, crushing the vehicle, and causing a 7 car pile-up.

Emergency workers arrived on the scene and rushed the dead man’s parents to a nearby hospital. The truck driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death and is in police custody.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Bangkok officials issue advice to motorists to avoid parliament area due to protest

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Bangkok motorists would do well to avoid the roads around the Sappaya-Sapasathan building later today, with a political rally set to take place there this afternoon. That’s the word from officials, who have issued guidance to motorists ahead of the protest in front of the new parliament building, expected to kick off at 2pm and continue late into the evening.

According to a report in Nation Thailand today, the Metropolitan Police Bureau are advising drivers to avoid Kiak Kai Road, in front of the parliament building, as well as a number of other roads in the vicinity.

“On Thursday afternoon, the Free Youth group will hold a political rally in front of Parliament, where a meeting to amend the constitution is taking place. We expect the rally to start at 2pm and last until 10pm.”

MPB chief Pakkapong Pongpetra adds that the following roads are also best avoided:

• Samsen Road (from Bang Kra Beu intersection to Kiak Kai intersection)
• Pracharat Sai 1 Road (from Kiak Kai intersection to Bang Pho intersection)
• Thaharn Road (from Kiak Kai intersection to Saphan Daeng intersection)

Nation Thailand reports that drivers who need to get from Bang Kra Beu intersection to Bang Pho intersection are advised to take Amnuay Songkram Road, to Rama V Road, Techa Wanich Road, Pracharat Sai 2 Road, and finally Bang Pho intersection.

Pakkapong says officials are not expecting any trouble at today’s rally. The rally was announced last Sunday by protesters at the weekend demonstration held around the grounds of the Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus and the adjacent Sanam Luang royal parade grounds. The weekend protests attracted around 30,000 people.

“Protest leaders have asked Parliament for permission to hold the rally and have promised to obey the law and not block public roads. The MPB expects the rally to end peacefully, when the meeting concludes at 10pm.”

Despite officials’ confidence that the rally will pass off without incident, security has been tightened around the building. Additional police officers are being drafted in, as well as a security patrol along the Chao Phraya River, and an evacuation helicopter in the event senior parliamentarians need to make a swift getaway.

Meanwhile, motorists in need of further traffic information or roadside assistance can visit www.trafficpolice.go.th or call 1197.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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