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http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/149921/tourism-plunges-22-per-cent

 

Writer: BangkokPost.com

Published: 23/07/2009 at 03:07 PM

 

The tourism industry has suffered its deepest slump in many decades with the number of visitors expected to be down 22 per cent on last year, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand chairman Kongkit Hiranyakij.

 

It was the biggest plunge in tourism growth in 49 years, he said.

 

Besides the global economic crisis, the country's continuing political turmoil had contributed to the sharp decline in tourism, Mr Kongkit Hiranyakij said on Thursday.

 

The expected number of tourist arrivals had been reduced from the expected 14.1 million to 11 million, he said.

 

The A(H1N1) flu outbreak could make tourism contract by three to four per cent, causing the country to lose up to 200 billion baht of tourism revenue this year, he said.

 

Last year, Thailand gained 540 billion baht in tourism revenue.

 

"If the government can solve its political problems and is able to host the Asean meetings successfully, tourism should be revived by the end of this year or the beginning of 2010," Mr Kongkit predicted.

 

However, he said Thai tourists would help generate an estimated 430 billion baht in revenue this year.

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A different report I read said 35%. It wont recover if those such as this guy keep their heads so buried in the sand that he thinks a succesful ASEAN summit will turn things around. The polotical situation is valid but so too are the currency exchange and the never end rounds of corruption people constantly hear about.

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Your right 100% plus the visa laws changing all the time.

And all the crap going on at the airport. I will not be

going into the shops in BKK airport not with the shoplifting

scams going on.

IF THE LAST TRAIN TO HEAVEN STOPS AT PATTAYA GET OFF

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Sometimes I think maybe some good will come of this, I think what an opportunity to clean up the country for tourists, make better visa laws and remove all the scams and crooks that hang around tourists areas and promote Thailand as a clean destination. Then I slap myself on the face and remember this is the Thai government we are talking about.

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A different report I read said 35%. It wont recover if those such as this guy keep their heads so buried in the sand that he thinks a succesful ASEAN summit will turn things around. The polotical situation is valid but so too are the currency exchange and the never end rounds of corruption people constantly hear about.

Well, i beg to differ on one point. The political situation has very little bearing on tourist numbers, if any.

Thailand has a long history of political uncertainty, and its never affected tourist numbers to the degree it finds itself facing now.

When the usual tourists from the usual countries havent got 2 coins to scratch their arses with, the LAST thing on their minds is a holiday.

In the past, when one tourist group has fallen off in numbers there has always been a new country/region to take up the slack. Now its gone full circle and no one country/region has cash to spare Due to a global depression, you will find that a country that relies so much on foreign investment and currency will sing any song to try and prevent that supply from dying up.

Nice try, but no cigar for the Tourism Council of Thailand#

And guess who will get the blame for all this? Thats right us nasty farangs again is who !!!!

 

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^ Tell that to the 300,000+ tourists who were stranded in Thailand last December when the PAD took over Swampypoon...

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