Recovery of Thailand’s international tourism sector likely to take years

International tourism demand for Thailand continues to be low, based on a Bangkok Post report, with a full restoration predicted to take years. Just 133,061 foreign arrivals touched down in Thailand between November 1 and 30, nicely under the three million visitors a month of pre-pandemic occasions.
However, despite Illegal to his province, Pongsakorn Ketprapakorn from the Tourism Council of Phang Nga remains optimistic for the coming months. According to Pongsakorn, ahead bookings for January and February have already reached 30%, while this month’s common lodge occupancy price of 20% is up from 10% last month. Pongsakorn acknowledges demand is being driven by local tourism, which accounts for as a lot as 70% of bookings. He adds that the Covid-19 situation in goal markets corresponding to Germany and Scandinavia might threaten the recovery of international tourism in the province.
Meanwhile, Charintip Tiyaphorn from the Tourism Council of Krabi says issues are additionally looking up in the southern province in the course of the finish of year holiday interval, with an increase in direct flights. Finnair is doubtless considered one of the carriers bringing long-stay overseas visitors, with plans to put on 20 flights this month, following completion of the airport’s terminal expansion. Charintip says common occupancy within the province is expected to increase to as a lot as 50% over the festive season.
In addition to European flights, the Bangkok Post reports that tourism operators in Krabi are hoping for direct flights from Singapore and Malaysia. These were alleged to resume from October 31, however a brand new surge in Covid infections within the neighbouring nations meant the plans needed to be postponed.
Meanwhile, in Chiang Mai, La-Iad Bungsrithong from the northern chapter of the Thai Hotels Association says the absence of direct international flights to the northern province means operators are hoping for vacationers connecting from locations like Phuket and Bangkok. She too is hoping for a resumption of international flight providers from locations like Singapore.
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