I think it has to do more with Financials
Expats used to get huge expat packages
Housing, drivers, maids, schooling for kids
Now they get salaries only
One of my good friends went over there
Him and his wife make at least 300k combined
They have no savings.
They have 2 kids so their rental is like 10k/mo just to have enough room for all of them
Then add in school tuition
Every day costs are expensive
Leaves them with not much to save
I would say I don't think the quality tourism approach is being done to maximize benefit to those who depend on tourism.
But as the documentary by DW points out mass tourism has a price https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=78xdMXOx7Rw
Progressive nations - as all nations - must control their borders.
If mass tourism is a "good tourism policy" it has its price. Nothing stops it from coming back. It might very well do so anyway. It's not just mass tourism or nothing though.
Ok numbers. I hate maths. If this is correct 2019 saw 30m in 2019.
So you're saying adding capacity means they want to exceed pre-covid tourism and maybe even double it to 60m with one airport expansion?
Maybe. Need more numbers. Thailand has a few airports.
Yes. Good point. I don't think this precludes those does it? This headline made me think those were still on the table:
Unlike other governments who don't?
Ok, if I agree (and you may be right) why would a government that wants only short term gains and can't think strategically be - as you suggest - also strategically planning to expand tourism with an airport expansion?
Is some other government doing this?