Violence could cause $2.7b loss for Thai tourism

TuktukThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) estimates that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country will drop by 900,000, leading to an estimated revenue loss of $2.7 billion over the next six months if the unrest carries on.

But it is visitors from Asian countries who are most likely to be deterred, TAT has suggested, while Europeans have shown less sensitivity to the political upheaval and still want to see the country.

Street protests have been staged on a daily basis by anti-government protestors since a state of emergency was declared in the city on January 21. Tourist attractions have remained open and unaffected throughout but there have been violent clashes at protest sites lately with severe fatalities.

Authorities in Thailand put the accumulated toll from the political violence since November 30 last year at 19 killed and 717 wounded. The figures included the three people who were killed and 21 wounded in the latest explosion in front of the Big C department store at the Ratchaprasong intersection on February 23.

Over 40 countries have issued travel warnings for Thailand and advised their citizens to take extra care or to travel not at all. While destinations apart from Bangkok, such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Khao Lak, Pattaya and Hua Hin, are seen widely safe, violence lately has spread to Chonburi near Pattaya and the southeastern tourism hub of Trat.



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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) estimates that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country will drop by 900,000, leading to an estimated revenue loss of $2.7 billion over the next six months if the unrest carries on. But it is visitors from Asian countries who are most likely to be deterred, TAT has suggested, while Europeans have shown less sensitivity to the political upheaval and still want to see the country. Street protests have been staged on a daily basis by anti-government protestors since a state of emergency was declared in the city on January 21. Tourist attractions...

TuktukThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) estimates that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country will drop by 900,000, leading to an estimated revenue loss of $2.7 billion over the next six months if the unrest carries on.

But it is visitors from Asian countries who are most likely to be deterred, TAT has suggested, while Europeans have shown less sensitivity to the political upheaval and still want to see the country.

Street protests have been staged on a daily basis by anti-government protestors since a state of emergency was declared in the city on January 21. Tourist attractions have remained open and unaffected throughout but there have been violent clashes at protest sites lately with severe fatalities.

Authorities in Thailand put the accumulated toll from the political violence since November 30 last year at 19 killed and 717 wounded. The figures included the three people who were killed and 21 wounded in the latest explosion in front of the Big C department store at the Ratchaprasong intersection on February 23.

Over 40 countries have issued travel warnings for Thailand and advised their citizens to take extra care or to travel not at all. While destinations apart from Bangkok, such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Khao Lak, Pattaya and Hua Hin, are seen widely safe, violence lately has spread to Chonburi near Pattaya and the southeastern tourism hub of Trat.



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