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Tourism sector facing massive closures

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Thailand’s tourism sector, long seen as a lifeline for the nation’s battered economy, is in a meltdown; more than 30% of tourism-related businesses have left the market with many more expected to follow, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand. The president of the TCT says the tourism industry predicts further deterioration after 6 months of the Covid-19 crisis, as many businesses are closing operations or selling off assets, deciding not to wait for an uncertain recovery.
 

He says the types of businesses most affected by the crisis are tour operators, bus services with small fleets, restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels that focused on foreign tour groups, especially the Chinese market. He says the TCT is still collecting the exact number of members fleeing the sector, which he believes amounts to more than 30% in the first half of the year, as Thailand continues to seal its borders to international tourists.

The Tourism Department said 1,111 tour operators in the January-June period surrendered their licenses and asked for the return of their guarantees.

The figure peaked in June as 262 companies permanently quit the market; withdrawals in the second quarter made up 65.4% of all withdrawals in the first half as tourism staggered from lockdown measures.

If travel bubbles aren’t implemented this year, more than 30% of outbound operators will have to permanently shut down, according to the president of the Thai Travel Agents Association.

Currently, most operators have put off making any decisions as they wait for further details on travel bubble agreements with other countries. After the recent cases of an Egyptian airman in Rayong and the daughter of a Sudanese diplomat in Bangkok, these agreements may take even longer, as doctors and academics urge caution.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

 

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9 hours ago, 247 NEWS said:

Tourism sector facing massive closures

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Is that the worst photoshopped picture I've ever seen or is it just my eyes? :default_dry:

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1 hour ago, bexwell said:

Is that the worst photoshopped picture I've ever seen or is it just my eyes? :default_dry:

Ha ha. I just noticed that 😁

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23 hours ago, bexwell said:

Is that the worst photoshopped picture I've ever seen or is it just my eyes? :default_dry:

Due to the economic down turn they couldn't afford any better 😉

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23 hours ago, bexwell said:

Is that the worst photoshopped picture I've ever seen or is it just my eyes? :default_dry:

Buy up the domain name quick quick .................. 

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9 minutes ago, nampla69 said:

Buy up the domain name quick quick .................. 

Now now Sean, there's no need for that, although I might take a punt :default_good:

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