TAT predicts B40bn loss

A total of 48 countries have issued travel warnings to tourists intending to visit Thailand on concerns over possible political violence, Sukree Sithivanich, deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said on Saturday.

The prolonged political turbulence had severely affected the tourism related industries. The sector’s damage is estimated at about 30-40 billion baht in lost revenue, he said.

Mr Sukree said Laos is the latest country to have issued travel warning for its citizen to avoid travelling to Thailand, particularly the areas where the emergency decree is imposed and the rally sites of the anti-government protesters.

Several countries, including Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, had intensified their warnings by advising tourists to delay their trip to Thailand on Feb 1 and 2, because there could be violent confrontation between the anti-election protesters and state authorities, he said.

They also warned their citizens in Thailand to refrain from travelling to the rally sites or the polling stations. Hong Kong and Taiwan had warned their people to avoid travelling to Bangkok at this time, he added.

Mr Sukree projected that the continuing anti-government protest and Bangkok shutdown would trim the number of foreign tourists by 8-10% from the set target for 2014 at 28.1 million.

It is estimated that they country’s tourism income would disappear by between 30 billion and 40 billion baht this year, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 02/02/2014 at 12:32 PM
What people here seem to forget is how the events in Thailand are being reported abroad, and in this instance, the reporting is very negative, resulting in many believing that Bangkok is now a very dangerous place to visit. This perception will only grow as the situation drags on.
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 09:09 AM
PTP are using this as a platform to enhance their position.Still if it is true the jet ski scams will decline.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 03:53 AM
The sector’s damage is estimated at about 30-40 billion baht in lost revenue, he said. A Drop in the bucket compared to the rice scam but that buys votes.
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 12:22 AM
CAPO chief and Little Brother Surapong's lobbying of the international circuit seems to be paying off for PT. While the impact will be felt most by the most vulnerable in Thai society, the ploy does not seem to be doing its main job of dampening the protest movement—just the first half, by reducing tourist industry employment levels. BTW, has anyone surveyed tourists for their opinions on how the protests affect their visit? Most who venture into the melée appear to enjoy it—free food and fun! So why do their governments echo the PT line? Seems like some reality-checking is in order here…
Discussion 5 : 01/02/2014 at 10:08 PM
Too bad that 40bn loss was in no way connected to paying the poor shackled farmers that blindly trusted in the government.
Discussion 6 : 01/02/2014 at 08:30 PM
48 countries telling their citizens Thailand might be dangerous to visit. The danger comes from being in the wrong place when violence occurs. Unfortunately neither Thais or tourists know when or where that will be. Thus the warnings, but in fairness there has been no harm to tourists that I know of and these warnings are merely cautions to stay away from protest sites.
Discussion 7 : 01/02/2014 at 04:07 PM
I must have missed the one about Toyota threatening to pull out when did they say that.
Discussion 8 : 01/02/2014 at 01:33 PM
B40bn in losses from the TAT... and then other commerce, international investment, Toyota threatening to pull out of the country... but mai bpen rai, we can always borrow a bit more, we're good at that...

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