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Krabi mayor hopeful tourism crisis will be over soon

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As is the case in many popular tourist spots in Thailand, the economy in the southern province of Krabi has been decimated due to Covid-19. Nation Thailand reports that tourist numbers in Krabi have fallen sharply, from a yearly average of 6 million to just 1.5 million last year. Revenue from tourism has plummeted from around 120 billion baht to 29 billion.

Krabi local, Amarit Siripornjutagun, who runs the Ruen Mai restaurant in Krabi town, says that just as he was thinking the worst was behind him, the second Covid-19 outbreak hit the country. The resurgence of the virus means he now has 80% fewer customers.

“There was hope when we saw some tourists return to Krabi after the first outbreak of Covid-19 in Thailand. But my businesses have suffered again from this second outbreak.”

Amarit has managed to retain all his staff, despite the financial pressures he is facing, but says he will have to reduce their hours if things don’t improve this month. He is calling on the government to provide soft loans during the Covid-19 resurgence, in addition to social security assistance.

Meanwhile, Krabi mayor, Keeratisak Phukaoluan, believes there is light at the end of the tunnel and that eventually, the province will double its tourist numbers. He says the development of Krabi airport, and the provision of parking bays for 30 jet airliners, will increase the province’s status as a tourism hub, in line with the neighbouring provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Ozvenison

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    are we on the same planet here?
    so come to Thailand and spend 2 weeks on a hotel..
    then have your holiday and go back home and spend another 2 weeks in hotel!!!

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      Tony

      Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      until they Lift This Quarantine ? No Tourists will be coming.

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    Jason

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Nothing will really happen till vaccines are rolled out

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      TS

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      reap the whirlwind. Thai tourism on a meaningful scale anytime soon? RIP

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    I have just read of a few attractions in Krabi Province, and nothing has changed. Three, four times the admission fee for a foreigner compared to a Thai.
    I would have thought they would have dropped this scam at this time, and in many places it is a scam.
    The Thai price in Thai script so a foreigner cannot read it, or in the case of the fossil Part, the sign is hidden. B200, for a foreigner, B40 for a Thai.
    This was reported January 10th this year.

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      Kim

      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:22 pm

      Some never learn from their mistakes and afterwards blame others for their misfortune. Locals continue with this modus operandi. It’s their logic similar to when they increase the prices on accommodation, fnb, good in general in order to “recover” what they feel they have allegedly lost. Sad but true. A better educational system would probably help getting rid of this kind of local logic, otherwise I fear for Thailand’s children and their future.

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        David Mann

        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8:32 pm

        Yes, they simply don’t get it. Try having a basic conversation regarding Revenue, Cost and Profit with most small Thai business owners and they simply do not get it.
        Some years ago a group of us regularly attended a local 9 hole golf course in Chon Buri. It was always 180 baht. It then closed for 6 weeks due to local flooding. When it opened and we returned we were told the price was now 300 baht. We asked why and was told straight, that it was due to them being closed for 6 weeks. When we said no, we will go elsewhere, they said OK!!
        It’s these type of question I would like to The Thaiger to “Ask the Thais”. Stop wasting time in promoting stereotypical questions about ladyboys. What next, asking why Foreigners don’t like spicy food?!!!

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          Issan John

          Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 12:38 am

          Maybe they weren’t telling you “straight”, but they just didn’t give a monkey’s whether you and your group went or not so they weren’t that bothered?

          Or maybe they’d had enough of the last of the big spenders explaining Revenue, Cost and Profit to them and they couldn’t believe their luck when you said you’d go elsewhere.

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            David Mann

            Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1:22 am

            Maybe IJ, maybe. But an update on that place for you.

            It’s now closed and a failed business. Bit like yourself. Failed and sad living your final years in the backwaters of a developing country. I’ve met your type so so often in Thailand. You are bitter because you fell for “the dream” that in the moments before sleep you realise was just a fake promise. But you are screwed with little or no way out now. So of course you have to spout your insults and your vile rhetoric. It’s the only way you can justify your mistakes in life to yourself. So so sad.

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            David Mann

            Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:13 am

            By the way IJ. How you getting on counting the number of people dying of influenza in Thailand? Still not got past 25 ??. When you can count past a hundred and manage to reach a figure of 10,000 a year or more do let me know old boy.

            25. ????. It’s so so sad. Can anyone who is in Thailand help IJ?

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    This bizzare buissness practice has been refined over many decades.
    it is now in the blood and nothing can be done about it.
    same deal with all the other shortsighted practices such as dual pricing at national parks etc etc.
    I have no doubt that when normal global business resumes they will be looking to recoup the losses by upping prices by 100’s if not 1000’s of percent to cover the recent losses.

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    Rr

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Don’t care anymore, arrived in Philippines after 24 hours from airport received negative result, free to go out to have beer with local girls.
    Love Thailand from 1996, but sorry, crisis everywhere do not expect mass tourism with your policy anytime soon.
    But will happily return with no quarantine and visa on arrival

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    StevE

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Yes, many time in Thailand i have encounter this failed strategy. People are not coming for some reasons, so to cover the loss they increase prices, and so even less people come. How difficult is it to understand that lowering prices is the best way to increase customers numbers, and in the end getting more revenue.

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    5cent

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    When quarantine is canceled tourist will only increase slowly, a first phase probably with vaccinated people and expansive tests.
    Then the debt crise (and fosil energy crise) will limit grow.
    China may be less affected.
    The lower number of tourist will meet a smaller tourism industry.
    The idea to raise price to recuperate loss won’t help much and may be detrimental.
    Already today if you use numbeo website Thailand is far to be cheap compare to many great tourist destination.

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    deelee

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Keep hoping Your Honor , hope is a good thing

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    John is My Biggest Fan

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 6:21 am

    The Krabi Mayor’’s comments are somewhat amusing. Government ministers have recently been on record saying that Thailand needs to move away from tourism as a major contributor to GDP and become less dependent on the tourist dollar, yet here is Khun Phukaoluan stating that he hopes Krabi will eventually double its tourist numbers! An astonishing comment really.

    Also, the development of a provincial airport is not likely to allow for the doubling of tourist arrivals. All this even if COVID wasn’t actually the main obstacle at the moment.

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Space for 30 jets!!! What? to provide a nice plane park fo. r the mothballed Thai Airways craft sat there rotting away! I just can’t believe that these people in so-called authority are so deluded! TOURISM WILL NEVER…I REPEAT NEVER!… RETURN TO THE STATUS IT WAS JUST OVER A YEAR AGO! Move on…find something else to generate income because no-one is going anywhere! And as for “Rubber Johnies” earlier comments ref. to Thai pricing, well…. ignore the old fart. God help him if we had a “real WORLD” CRISIS LIKE AN ASTEROID ON A COLLISON COURSE WITH EARTH! It strikes me there’s a bunch of people on here who love to perpetuate bad news and negativity…they get off on being that “wild rabbit caught in the oncoming headlights of a car”; instead of making any kind of decision they just sit there waiting for death!

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Thailand to introduce “area quarantine” for international visitors from April

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Foreign tourists opting for area quarantine will be required to remain in their hotel rooms for the first 3 days of their stay. They will be tested for Covid-19 and, if negative after 3 days, will be allowed to leave their room and roam freely around the resort for the remainder of their 14-day quarantine. At the end of the 14-day period, they will once again be tested for the virus and, if negative, allowed to travel around the quarantine area.

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Thailand’s economy has been decimated by the fallout from the pandemic, in particular the loss of international tourism. The current mandatory 14-day quarantine period is seen as the biggest hurdle to overcome in order to re-ignite the sector. In 2019, international tourism contributed 2 trillion baht out of a total 3.01 trillion baht tourism trade. In the same year, tourism made up 17% of Thailand’s GDP.

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The low-cost carrier, Thai Air Asia, is calling on the government to accelerate the re-opening of the country to international tourism. TAA chief executive Santisuk Klongchaiya says Thailand risks losing its status as a regional hub if the country does not re-open soon in order to re-ignite tourism and airlines. According to a Bangkok Post report, he warns that Thailand could lose out to places like Vietnam, should international carriers decide to move direct flights to other countries.

“After facing the pandemic for a year, the key factors that can strengthen Thai tourism are re-opening borders and financial aid such as soft loans to help airlines maintain their business and save jobs. If the plan to welcome foreigners is not ready, Thailand may lose those potential tourists to other competitors that have prepared to attract them with a practical scheme.”

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“These additional stimulus measures will boost travel sentiment for the upcoming regional holiday in the North on March 26, as well as the Songkran festival.”

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54 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 515 active cases, a record low since the start of the new wave of Covid-19 infections. An enormous 1-day spike in cases was reported on December 20 with more than 500 cases among migrant workers at a Samut Sakhon fishing hub. The virus quickly spread to the majority of Thailand’s provinces.

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A 63 year old Thai man in Bangkok died after testing positive for Covid-19. He had underlying conditions of diabetes and high blood pressure. On January 9, he developed symptoms of a cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing. He tested positive for Covid-19 that day. He was put on a ventilator on January 12. His symptoms worsened and he died on Sunday.

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