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“When the tourists start coming back it will be a very different holiday experience for them. Will it ever get back to the numbers before Covid? Never.”

A Tourism Authority of Thailand survey, conducted between January 10 – 12, indicates that more than a third of the country’s tourism-related businesses has already shut up shop and gone out of business. But industry players estimate the number is much higher. In regions almost solely relying on tourism for an income – Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Gulf and Andaman islands and touristy areas around Bangkok – up to 90% of the front-line tourism businesses have closed.

1,884 tourism businesses in Thailand were surveyed by the TAT about their current situations and how they were coping with the long-term closure of the Thai borders and the local restrictions on travel. Businesses covered areas like accommodation, travel agents, tour companies, restaurants, car and bike rentals and public transport businesses.

34.7% said they had already shut down or gone out of business.

That the TAT admit that more than a third of their front-line organisations have gone to the wall already is a big turn-around from the perennially optimistic tone and often cringe-worthy predictions. The TAT and the Thai Minister of Tourism and ports are now staring down the barrel of an industry, not only diminished, but changed forever after decades of stunning growth.

But speaking to several major tourism players during the week The Thaiger heard a much bleaker prediction from both foreign and Thai-owned tourism related businesses. One long-term hotel manager in the south, who is responsible for 11 hotels in Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak, says they’ve had to lay off almost all of their staff after “hanging in” over the past 9 months.

“We can no longer keep even a small number of rooms open without any hope of the borders opening up in the next few months. We’re finished. And even when they do start allowing tourists back into the country it would take us up to 6 months to get staff and maintenance ready again.”

“I would say that 90% of tourism-related businesses are gone. And gone forever. A lot were small family businesses who had taken the punt and invested their savings into the booming tourism business down here. They’ll never return.”

“When the tourists start coming back it will be a very different holiday experience for them. Will it ever get back to the numbers before Covid? Never. People will be looking for something different as the world travel industry reinvents itself.”

Last week Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister claimed that 10 million tourists would start arriving in Thailand from the middle of this year for the rest of 2021. Just 3 months ago he also predicted that domestic tourists would undertake some 10 million trips a month during the forthcoming high season (December to February).

In 2019 nearly 40 million overseas tourists arrived in Thailand. In the second half of 2019 there were just over 20 million tourists, twice the amount the Minister predicts will arrive from July to December this year.

This week’s prediction was that tourists, foreign and local, would be spending 1.2 Trillion baht on the battered tourist industry during 2021. The Minister failed to provide details about where these tourists would come from or where they would visit during their stays – stays that still have to begin with a 14 day mandatory quarantine.

The break out of a cluster of infections in the Samut Sakhon province, just south west of Bangkok, and now spread to the majority of other Thai provinces, on December 20, forced the government to restrict inter provincial travel. The not-quite-a-lockdown that followed severely dampened the travel plans of locals and foreigners inside Thailand over the traditional December/January holiday season. This week the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority loosened some of the earlier restrictions and allowed some formerly closed businesses to re-open.

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76 Comments

76 Comments

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    Andy W

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Are there actually enough ASQ hotels for 10,000,000 tourists to enter?
    A tourism minister should know something like that (unless they’re incompetent).

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      Nipral

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:29 am

      How can you suspect this military govnt is incompetent ? Look at all the effort they made to kill the tourism ? They made it !!! Congrats generals !!!

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      James cooks

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Minister is dreaming

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    Nipral

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:30 am

    How can you suspect this military govnt is incompetent ? Look at all the effort they made to kill the tourism ? They made it !!! Congrats generals !!!

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:31 am

    This is fine. More people available for burning the fields.

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    Stardust

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Clowns always talk nonsense!There were really people who took their nonsense and stunts seriously or believed anything?

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      Thai man

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Clowns are you) You cannot afford Thailand and blame the Thai government for everything. The Thai government is doing it right. 10 million wealthy Chinese tourists are enough for Thailand to prosper. The days of cheap Charlie are over. Thanks to Prayut and his team.They not only saved the lives and health of a million Thais, but also reformatted the tourism industry and cleared Thailand of various Western rabble.

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        Absolutely!

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:28 pm

        “…..10 million wealthy Chinese…”
        Of course, they are packing their bags already.
        For Macao

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        EdwardV

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:46 am

        If you are relying on Chinese tourists to save Thailand it’s going to be a long wait. Besides the fact the Chinese look at Thailand as a cheap vacation, meaning the wealthy are not the bulk of the travelers. Thailand only hit 10M Chinese tourists in 2017. While the Chinese spend more per day, they spend a lot less per person. Mostly become they only stay an average of about 6-7 days per trip. On top of that they have very different spending habits and a lower economic multiplier. Most of that comes from the fact Chinese spend most of their money either with Thai based Chinese companies and Chinese owned services, and on imported goods. All that aside, the real problem is China isn’t going to let tens of millions of Chinese come to Thailand and spend valuable Yuan that will be needed at home. And yes the Chinese government does have that power.

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        RA

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:57 am

        Chinese tourists stay at the cheapest hotels, rarely dine at restaurants, go only where the tour bus takes them, buys their noodles at the 7-11.

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        Stephen Westrip

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:25 am

        Unless Chinese tourists have got a lot wealthier since 2019 this isn’t going to work. According to Thailand’s own statistics, the average spend per tourist by nation in 2019 put the Chinese below Middle Eastern, European, American and Oceanic tourists. I fear that Thailand is backing the wrong horse here!!

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          bruno

          Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:44 pm

          backing the wrong horse yeah as ususal !

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        Bruno

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:42 pm

        where should they come from idiot ? tourists allready go for Vietnam and Filipines when all is opening again – Cambodija – as turoist are treated like shit in Thaiaknd ripped of pay double prices so close your mouth about ” cheap charlie” Cheap Charlie – this is what chinese are – buy a glas of water and share with 4 others. cheap charlie and thai people hate them ! they are idiots – Thai people like FARANG – if you dont know that then try to ask them – in 10 years China wil own Thailand – then you will remember how you called farangs for ” dirty farangs” so be carefull what you say . Chinese turists ? peopel who are rude stupid and has no manners – and no money ! LOOSER wake up !

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        London Al

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:50 pm

        I’m from UK and I’ve been to Thailand many times either to play golf with friends or a beach holiday with my family, I’ve always respected the Thai culture and spent plenty of money with the locals, who I have always found to be incredibly nice, kind, and funny.

        It’s shocking to me that a Thai person (Thai man) should be so hateful and rude towards western tourists because this is not my experience of Thai people.

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          Manu

          Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:49 pm

          No worries, it is not. Commentators tend to be extreme sometimes. I live here and i still see Thailand as your comment goes for, Thai people being like any people anywhere in the world: good or bad or whatever you want it to be. Humans after all…

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        pascal

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        hummmm this is quit arrogant to advance such thing, as said by someone, Chinese spending habit are different. i think you have a restraint vision of what it will be. That Thai government wants change the tourism way in their country is fine but the impact on many many many thai family will be massive. a deeper social crack may occur. Reformatting the tourism may not provide enough work opportunity for millions of peoples. This said everything is possible it will just required time. However too many already are running out of time cause they don t have any bath left. Action must be taken now if new normal tourism to come. Is thai government has a plan on the table? so far the only plan to get some tourist back has failed isn’t it?

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        lou

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:36 am

        Joke of the year !! 😂

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        Mike

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:09 pm

        You’re right. Sit tight, the Chinese are on their way.

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    Nipral

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:34 am

    The good news is that there still is 65% businesses to be shut down. Just a matter of weeks !

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    Thai man

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:36 am

    It’s good. Only the fraudulent farang’s business is dying. The Thais are doing well, domestic tourism is developing quite well.
    Closing a certain part of the business is inevitable. Thailand is heading for a luxury resort, cheap guest houses and bars will have to close, and a new luxury business will open in their place.

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      EdwardV

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:57 am

      Beside the fact the Thai government themselves said the domestic travel program has be an absolute failure. The chances of Thailand transforming into a luxury destination is not good. Yes there are luxury hotels and restaurants but they are not the majority, not even close. The problem is the low cost of living. In most cases what you charge is a factor of your cost. Most of the exceptions have other factors that drive up the cost point allowing for higher pricing. You see it to some extent when you travel to the island portions of Thailand. Regardless the main point is Thailand will not become a high end vacation destination until the cost of living greatly increases. Then you have a whole other problem but we will leave it at that.

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        Albert Zweistein

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:42 am

        You should start cleaning up the $hit every where first.

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      Michael BKK

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:59 am

      Are you a window licker on the sunshine bus ?

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      Bruno

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      Farang busines are shutting down ? yeas that is because the authorities do all what they can to make problems for foreign bussines and thais liek you are jelouse because all know and thai people know that if you want to run a good busines you must have a FARANG I heard that 1200 times from thais – why ? try to look around – clown !

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      J.C.

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:44 am

      Obvious Wumao spotted.

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      Gravelrash

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      Hmm, Thailand has plenty of nice hotels, however the country infrastructure is largely 3rd rate, polluted beaches, sewerage into the ocean, laughable power lines, constant rip offs, roads that require a kidney belt. You are either a stirrer or a deluded nationalist if you think the rich would ever put Thailand at the top of their list. It is what it is for a reason, sex tourism is an ugly reputation but it is allowed to continue, now why would that be?

      That aside it could well be that rampant tourism is over, by the time our lords and masters finish their great reset most of the world will be too poor to travel. Even if travel did bounce back, as a large percent of the facilities are gone it would take years to rebuild.

      There is a new Thailand coming, my suspicion is many aren’t going to like it.

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      lootarzoon

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:43 am

      Perfectlly well mollusk brain washed, are you real or a joke ?

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      Mike

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:14 pm

      It took 30 years for the Thai tourism industry to achieve that. Unfortunately for Thailand and its tourism industry the term “The Great Reset” could not be more applicable.

      Some high-end resorts will survive, most won’t. Broadly speaking, the industry will have to start from scratch.

      Cheers

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Ten million international tourists between the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2021? Wow that’s some good stuff he’s smoking. Heck Thailand might not even open during the third quarter (open meaning no quarantine). When people start traveling again, most are going to stay close to home for probably the first year. Outside of maybe the first month or two, no country will see large numbers for the first 12-18 months. The majority of people will be scared to travel at least that long.

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      More like ten

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      it will be 10 (ten) persons instead of 10 milion

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      The best thing the TAT and TCT can do is just STFU.

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    Siso

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Don’t spread fairytales and false hope Thaiger, anyone knows by now that this is merely the beginning. Somehow there are outbreaks of the UK and African version and even a German mutated version of the virus on the horizon now. And apparently the “experts” not really understand yet how precisely the new variants work but do know that they are more infectious and deadly.

    This shit show will drag on till at least end of the year or beginning next year, and then you will have to cross your fingers if enough people are still able or willing to go on a expensive holiday with probably still some restrictions and measures in place by then. This propaganda that I read here often or you hear on the mainstream of things going back to normal is simply not true and false how sad it is

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      Nipral

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      The problem is that most high end tourists have found alternatives last year and enjoyed them. They will never set foot in Thailand in the future. In addition it is quite stunning and insulting to see that a majority of Thais supposedly don’t wish their borders to open again ! I am confident their military sort of government will take good care of them !!!

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        Issan John

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm

        Very few “high end” tourists ever did – totally different market.

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          Nipral

          Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm

          What are you talking about ?
          What do you know about high end ?
          Which market ?
          Ask Amanpuri management in Phuket !

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        Nico49

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:21 pm

        M-E-X-I-C-O !!!!!!!!!

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      14cycles

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Actually the more virulent the less dangerous.. good try though unless you’d were being sarcastic.

      My understanding covid has been isolated 1 time… supposedly

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      David Mann

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      Spot on assessment. Nearly every country in the world has had its economy severely impacted and people will not want to splash out on expensive long haul trips from the US or Europe for a year or two, and they certainly won’t be coming to Thailand or anywhere else that has quarantine. I would expect the majority of tourists in the first phase of recovery will be from China (lows income for tourism industry). Thailand can then look forward to being the first country outside of China to get Covid-21 or 22. Just as the Chinese were the source of SARS, Bird flu, Covid-19 etc.

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    Tony Andrews

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    They should take the risk as many other countries do.
    There will be a rise in infections, but still the chances of an infection turning into a death are tiny if the infected is not fat, sick or old.
    97 percent of those infected survive. Some persons are infected and never know it and recover.
    This so called pandemic is being exaggerated and exploited to allow the government to run a dictatorship.
    Meanwhile suicides are going up. Drug use is going up, and poverty is going up.

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      Pawns5dchess

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      They’re controlled by globalist for their money. They don’t need us. Well they do but they think they can f**k with us until they decide they need us again.

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      Marvin Falikovic

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Let’s not forget spousal abuse, crime and alcoholism.

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        Toby Andrews

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:37 am

        Oh, I forgot about spousal abuse, crime and alcoholism. Yes that too.
        And taxi drivers in Phuckit shooting each other because they steal each other’s fares – I think.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      Bit of a bummer for the 20 or 30% plus who are “fat, sick or old”.

      But who cares?

      A lot more will die anyway as otherwise the hospitals would all be full with them instead of the other patients, so why waste a vaccine on them?

      Better to just let them die in the street. The only problem will be the smog over bangkok because of the funeral fires, but maybe they can be used for something else instead … Soylent Green …

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        RA

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:59 am

        you’re REALLY dating yourself with the “Soylent Green” reference. Pretty good movie.

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      Latecomer

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:32 pm

      mortality rate is between 0,3 and 0,7 of sick. And much, much less in Thailand.
      And to the whole population it is around 0, 01% and much, much, much less in T.

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      Bill

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:27 am

      Isaan John is afraid so we should listen to what he says regardless of the consequences.

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      dispensed

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      It’s also important that they the population to develop a degree of resistance sooner rather than later as covid is here to stay.

      The longer you stay in isolation, the more out of sync your immune system will become. If it’s not covid, it’ll be something else.

      The idea that we could just lockdown and avoid bugs forever was totally irrational.

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    Steve Kelly

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    I am sure that Thailand it going to look a whole lot different when I am finally able to return, as I suspect will the whole of South East Asia. Many business owners were quick to strip their equipment from rented properties, as they went into survival mode back in the Spring of 2020. Before I left at the end of the Summer, I witnessed many restaurants, bars, massage parlours and hair dressers do just that, leaving gaping holes, like plucked eye sockets in just about every street. But it wasn’t just small businesses that were affected, franchise businesses such as McDonalds, Burger King and the like closed and gutted their stores too, further ratcheting up the headache for landlords who suddenly found their rental income diminishing and their available property portfolio expanding. Of course, money exchanges were hit particularly hard so they too joined the ranks of shuttered, the closed and abandoned. There do appear to have been some winners though, gold shops for example, as desperate Thai nationals were forced to liquidate their assets to pay their bills and put meagre food on the table. The loss of tourist income was felt far and wide. The normally busy motorcycle taxis and baht buses sat empty and dwindled in numbers day by day, but what of the hidden darker economy that has flourished for years? What happened all the sex workers, go go dancers and escorts? And what of the hawkers, those who tramp up and down the beach selling everything from cheap inflatable toys to dried squid? While I feel sorry for anyone who has lost their business due to the pandemic, I will not feel such sorrow to see less jet skis and powerboats line the shores of the Gulf of Thailand, as in their absence, the sea had returned to its beautiful clean former glory. I yearn to to fly back, but I simply don’t know what I will find when I do.

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      J West

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:31 am

      I came in ‘73…. paradise…no sex tourists… no guide book flunkies…..no packers…no hostel flops…no mafia… no rip off double pricing…no Chinese tours…no Walking Street…no Khaosan Rd…pristine beaches. Bali, Penang same…. gorgeous.

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        Rasputin

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:16 pm

        Dream on, Pre 1973 Walking street was alive and kicking as a R&R destination for the troops during the Vietnam war era.

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          J West

          Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm

          Pattaya was a dirt track with a few, maybe 4 bamboo bars. The largest and only one with a sign was a shack…Daisys or some like. The only bar in Bangkok with live music was Mississippi Queen. The doc you watched likely embellished what was essentially pretty boring. R&R was Honolulu HI…..not Pattaya.

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        Yannick

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:34 am

        Wake up West … I think you went to a Thai restaurant in your country !

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        lou

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:02 am

        West, y forgot that Thaï have not waited tourism to build up huge soap massage buildings with karaoke, restaurants & hundred of rooms including thousands of young girls, biggest buildings along some main roads !!! No need to comment further….

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        whytetrash

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:18 am

        Looks like your days of being a eurotrash leech are over

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    Timmytime

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Ten millions tourists 😂😂😂???. If they can get 10.000 tourists to come and go through their idiotic SVT visas scamms etc they should be lucky. They sure are living in a fantasy world these inompetent morons.

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    Jason

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    I thought it was worse than that? A third may have closed forever, but another third are on the brink. I think by year end, only a third will be left (the third that provisioned during the good times). I can only hope that once there are international tourists who have had a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival and both doses of a vaccine, the Thai Government won’t still insist on 14 days in quarantine in an ASQ Hotel!! If they do…….you will know they really have no clue.

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    Peter

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    I don’t think many people who have commented understand the new world we live in.
    UK vaccinated 480,000 people on Friday, over 5 million already and 75% of the over 80s.
    What is the UK doing?
    Closing the borders.
    The new normal will be countries vaccinated with their borders closed.
    A new normal, with domestic tourism and vigilance to stop new global variants entering their countries.
    Global tourism is finished for a longtime.

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      xavier

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      that’s not true and is not worthy to be pessimistic. Cancun as a great world tourism spot had close to 60% occupancy in the Christmas season despite there was a covid outbreak. Is a management matter and the understanding of the new normal is what is killing the tourism industry in Thailand.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm

        Out of 6.4 million tourists in Cancun, Mexico during the pandemic last year well over half were domestic (from Mexico), 2.7 million were from the US, 100k from Canada and another 100k from the rest of the world.

        Hardly a “world tourism” spot, and hardly an example for Thailand to follow!!! 🙂

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          Nipral

          Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:09 pm

          Doesn’t add up ! Stop bullshitting us with home made statistics. Ridiculous as most of your prose.

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            RA

            Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:10 am

            Actually IG is spot on. Rarely on my trips to Mexico did I find a non-North American tourist. Makes me wonder if you’ve ever been there.

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          EdwardV

          Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:14 pm

          Your numbers are off. Cancun saw 12.3M tourists last year, 6.8M of them international. That’s still over a 50% drop from 2019. While yes the vast majority of them were from America, fact is most Europeans end up in Playa del Carmen instead. Americans go to party, Europeans go to lay on the beach. Different desires, different destinations.

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            Nipral

            Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:28 am

            👍👍👍👍

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        Nipral

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:17 pm

        So was the west coast !

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      “What is the UK doing?”

      The same as Thailand, but a year too late 🙂 … funny if it wasn’t quite so sad.

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        Not even close

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:34 pm

        its always praiseworthy to imitate third world military junta in opressing and destoying its own economy and people

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        David Mann

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm

        Only one main focus for the U.K. and that is to protect its National Health Service (NHS). This is the case in most developed western countries. People will accept (to a point) loss of jobs and financial hardships as they are often heavily supported by governments. They will also accept (to a point) the high number of deaths from Covid. What they won’t accept is grandma not being seen by a doctor when sick. You can see this in all of the government slogans. “Protect the NHS and Save the NHS”. The rest of the decisions come from trying to balance the economy and keeping death rates rising to the millions. It’s not an incompetent decision, it’s a deliberate set of actions.

        Some people argue that locking the country down will keep the economy open, keep Covid numbers under control and consequently not overload the NHS. That’s a much more difficult thing to do in a country that is multinational and an integral player on the world stage and who’s people will simply not accept the controls many Asian countries or lower population countries will.

        Stop running down a country that provided you with a good living, a good education and possibly a state pension. I have met many foreigners like you in Asia and Central America who bitch and moan about their home country. It’s usually done to justify to themselves that they have made a right decision to sell up their homes and go and live in some shit hole village in the middle of nowhere. Soon as they have a major health issue they jump on a plane and head home or go home after 5 years to reset their pension claims

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        David Mann

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm

        Only one main focus for the U.K. and that is to protect its National Health Service (NHS). This is the case in most developed western countries. People will accept (to a point) loss of jobs and financial hardships as they are often heavily supported by governments. They will also accept (to a point) the high number of deaths from Covid. What they won’t accept is grandma not being seen by a doctor when sick. You can see this in all of the government slogans. “Protect the NHS and Save the NHS”. The rest of the decisions come from trying to balance the economy and keeping death rates rising to the millions. It’s not an incompetent decision, it’s a deliberate set of actions.

        Some people argue that locking the country down will keep the economy open, keep Covid numbers under control and consequently not overload the NHS. That’s a much more difficult thing to do in a country that is multinational and an integral player on the world stage and who’s people will simply not accept the controls many Asian countries or lower population countries will.

        Stop running down a country that provided you with a good living, a good education and possibly a state pension. I have met many foreigners like you in Asia and Central America who bitch and moan about their home country. It’s usually done to justify to themselves that they have made a right decision to sell up their homes and go and live in some shit hole village in the middle of nowhere. Soon as they have a major health issue they jump on a plane and head home or go home after 5 years to reset their pension claims

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      David Mann

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:42 am

      We can see from the test result posted today after over 5,000 were tested and over 800 found to have Covid that the virus is well and truly established in Thailand. Some people will ask why are the hospitals not overrun or deaths not in triple digits. We can all think of plenty of reasons why this may be, everything from less obesity to a younger population to simply not dying in hospital and dying at home. Whatever the actual numbers, the fact is this virus now looks to have established itself in the country. In the next 3-6 months why not allow people who have been vaccinated and have a negative Covid test prior to travel come in to the country without quarantine?
      There is still the unanswered question of can a vaccinated person still spread the virus? If the answer turns out to be no, or very small risk, then international travel should resume following vaccination and Covid test. If the answer is yes, then I’m afraid that your assessment of international tourism coming to an end for at least another year or two is highly likely.

      One thing is for sure. The Thais did try to keep it under control. They gambled on keeping it under control until the vaccine arrived. Unfortunately for them it’s failed and so now they are totally screwed as are many countries around the world. The ramification of that for a country like Thailand are almost too terrible to think about.
      Good luck Thailand.

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    Bill

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This things gonna mutate/already has and the year that was spent creating the vaccine and the second year that will be spent giving it to people will be for naught. Perhaps we should be having covid ‘parties’ with healthy folks just as parents had chicken pox parties for their children years before the pox vaccine. Or we could just listen to the idiot poverty john.

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    Ronny

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Well Thai man your 10 million wealthy Chinese tourists wont help out many ordinary Thai business or people.
    It will be like Bali where Chinese tourists are put on buses and taken only to big hotels, restaurants, malls and tourist attractions that are in on the game.
    Its all controlled and the Chinese tourists are almost never on the streets, using taxis or spending money at local business.
    Good luck with that.

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    RA

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Just from a casual observation I would guess that at least 80% for the tourism based shops in Phuket are closed. Even if the borders were opened tomorrow it would take a few months to get the supply chain moving and people back in business.

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    NedF

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:07 am

    This 35% figues don’t represent,the reality of Pattaya, Phuket and even Ao Nang. I was there before recent lockdowns and it is much more than 50% of any tourist related businesses closed. Probably 75%. Maybe Bangkok is propping up the figures.
    No need for any well informed and opinionated folk to comment on my travel. I am over 60 and take risks with all viruses.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    I do remember a guy on here a few months ago saying the Thai people don’t need tourism they can survive without it. When everyone knows they can’t survive without it. What an absolute plonker for saying that even though he lives in Thailand. More businesses are closing on a daily basis it’s so sad and it’s going to take years to build back up. So so sad for the Thai people my heart goes out to them.

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    LEE HAI

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:34 am

    🙂 ‘Oh my, if one bothered to look one could see the out of control truck barreling down the road years ago with greed, curruption and pollution at the wheel, a trans national affair, for sure the goose that laid the golden egg has become road kill, all the virus did was to put the truck into reverse so to run over the goose one more time to make sure its dead…..Though Life will go on, just not the ‘normal’ way it had been, same-same but differant…..’

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    Latecomer

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Dubai. Dominican republic

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“The rules signal greater willingness by countries around the world to rein in big tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter that the governments fear have become too powerful with little accountability.”

India has issued strict new rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms just weeks after the Indian government attempted to pressure Twitter to take down social media accounts it deemed, well, anti social.

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