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Thursday 2 July 2020

Covid-19 a disaster for Thai tourism industry

Thailand, a nation whose economy is propelled by tourism, has again marked down its tourist arrival forecast for the year.

The Thais now expect no more than eight million arrivals, a decline of about 80%, Chairat Triratanajaraspon, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, told Travel Mole.

Last year Thailand welcomed nearly 40 million visitors.

The country has lifted a ban on international flights but leisure tourism is still suspended.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the Asian nation is now firmly pinning its hopes on the domestic market in the short term, and hopes to see about 100 million domestic trips.

The Government has approved a multi-million dollar stimulus package to encourageThais to travel.

The tourism ministry said it hopes to open up five islands to foreign tourists from August.

They are Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

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