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Minister proposes bars stay open till 4, free visas to revive tourism

Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn told an extraordinary meeting in Bangkok’s Amari Watergate hotel yesterday that he proposes giving free visas to Chinese and Indians tourists, and allowing bars and other entertainment venues to stay open until 4am. That is the embattled minister’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis that continues to devastate Thailand’s tourism.

Pipat asked for support from the private sector, saying the 4am opening would only apply to certain areas and surveys would have to be carried out before it was initated. He admitted that 50% fewer tourists are expected in the first half of 2020.

The 4am closing idea received a lukewarm reception last year, and visa-on-arrival for Chinese and Indian tourists is already in place, albeit temporarily.

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Minister proposes bars stay open till 4, free visas to revive tourism

Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn told an extraordinary meeting in Bangkok’s Amari Watergate hotel yesterday that he proposes giving free visas to Chinese and Indians tourists, and allowing bars and other entertainment venues to stay open until 4am. That is the embattled minister’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis that continues to devastate Thailand’s tourism.

Pipat asked for support from the private sector, saying the 4am opening would only apply to certain areas and surveys would have to be carried out before it was initated. He admitted that 50% fewer tourists are expected in the first half of 2020.

The 4am closing idea received a lukewarm reception last year, and visa-on-arrival for Chinese and Indian tourists is already in place, albeit temporarily.

thethaiger.com  February 14, 2020
SOURCE: TNN

That's such a lazy 'solution' from a senior government minister. In theory there is 24 hour drinking in the UK, but all except a few hardcore pubs in the centre of major cities would actually stay open that long. How many people does he think look at the places to go in the world and chose Thailand because the bars are open until 4am!


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this'll bringem back marching band! Brilliant!                   

Pattaya bets tourism industry on Thai families, marching bands

Pattaya tourism officials are betting the spring on Thai tourists and sports to make up the shortfall from the loss of Chinese tours.

Speaking at the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association’s Feb. 12 meeting at the Green Park Resort, Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Office Director Pinnart Charoenpol said the agency is about to launch a campaign to encourage Thai families to visit Pattaya during the upcoming school break.

The beach and various tourist attractions will be the highlight of the campaign, she said.

TAT has invited 50 tourism businesses to join the campaign and offer special promotions and discounts to lure Thais to Pattaya now that tours have stopped traveling overseas to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

In addition, TAT is talking with Bangkok schools and universities to publicize family trips to Pattaya during the April and May school break.

Pattaya, meanwhile, will step up efforts to host provincial, regional, national and international sports competitions to boost tourism, Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome said. Additional cultural events, such as a marching band competition, also are planned.

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effect on tourism will carry into 2021 experts say

Even as infections of the novel coronavirus seemed to be slowing last week, the effects of the epidemic on the global tourism industry were accelerating rapidly.

The impact of the pneumonia-like disease caused by the virus, called Covid-19, is already being felt across the Asian continent, where leisure and business travel contributed $884 billion to gross domestic product in 2017, the most recent year for which data has been compiled by the World Travel and Tourism Council. (Projections for 2018 are about $1 trillion.) For China alone, inbound tourism brought in $127.3 billion in 2019, according to the country's tourism bureau.

But as diagnoses tick upward again, travel agents, operators, and hoteliers are bracing for at least months, if not a full year, of economic disruption from the outbreak, with long-term effects that may ripple well into 2021.

"The numbers of trip cancellations-not just to China but to the entire continent of Asia-is growing every day," says Jack Ezon, founder and managing partner of luxury travel agency Embark Beyond. "People are put off. Sadly, a lot of them are just saying, 'I don't know if I want to go anywhere right now.' Or, in many cases, 'I'll just go next year.' "

So far, almost 75% of his travelers have canceled their February and March departures to Southeast Asian countries, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still considers to have a lower, level one risk for coronavirus. "They're worried about being anywhere close to the outbreak," he says, "or of getting stuck with canceled flights if other hubs become infected." A full 100% of the honeymoons his agency had booked to the region have been canceled and rebooked for alternate destinations including the Maldives, Southern Africa, and Australia.

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Hotels lean on locals as market shrivels  full article bangkokpost.com

Hotels and tour operators are pivoting their sights towards domestic travellers by promoting events linked to the Thai holidays as international tourism dries up because of coronavirus fears.

Promotions have been prepared to stimulate spending on room bookings during the Songkran festivities.

Of the 1,150 exhibitors joining the 54th edition of the Thai Teaw Thai travel expo, the vast majority are hotel operators, said Krit Patarapal, managing director of PK Exhibition, the organiser of the expo.

"We tend to see more promotional campaigns aimed at domestic tourists, as hoteliers want to maintain healthy revenue while international markets, especially Chinese guests, are declining," he said. "The four-day show will attract 200,000 local visitors."

Both local and international hotel brands are relying on value-added strategies, such as awarding extra nights or offering a free night for extra guests.

A poster displays packages available at Thai Teaw Thai. The travel fair expects 200,000 local visitors this year. Somchai Poomlard
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Jan tourist arrivals rise 2.5%, but revenue falls: Ministry

Tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 2.46% in January from a year earlier after a 2.48% increase in the previous month, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

A total of 3.81 million tourists arrived in January, but they spent about 188.8 billion baht -- down 3.6% from a year earlier.

Visitors from China, Thailand's biggest source of tourists, dropped 3.71% in January from a year earlier to 1.03 million, with their spending down 10% following the coronavirus outbreak.

Tourism is a key driver of growth, with foreign tourist receipts making up about 11% of gross domestic product.

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Thanks Tiggs.

If that report is true then I'll go 'to the foot of our stairs'.

Tourism is important but surely, not the most important issue in this crisis or the most important Industry to worry about.

However, I am sure that our Govt. have the crisis well in hand   :-\
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Thanks Tiggs.
 I'll go 'to the foot of our stairs'
  not heard that for ages
 'the back of our house' or 'the bottom of our garden' - same same but different  ;D
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Coach operators to lay off employees due to sharp drop in tourists  full article pattayamail.com

Companies providing coach services in Thailand plan to lay off employees as tourist arrivals sharply drop due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Thai Transportation Operators Association president Wasuchet Sophonsathien said on Wednesday that in the past two months Chinese tourists had cancelled their trips to Thailand.

“The Association’s members had lost income, having to park their 7,000 coaches and tour buses while more than 10,000 drivers and staffers suffer job losses,” he said.





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U.S. Navy storms Walking Street, rescues Pattaya tourism  full article pattayamail.com

Just when it looked like high season would be a washout, Pattaya’s ship came in.

Thousands of U.S. Navy sailors in Thailand for the Cobra Gold joint military exercise washed up on Pattaya’s thirsty shores, splashing cash around a city where tourism dried up after the Chinese tours left.

Trevor Moss, the U.S. embassy’s assistant attaché for force protection, welcomed sailors from three navy ships and a merchant vessel to Pattaya from Feb. 22-27. They’ll be back after Cobra Gold wraps March 6-10.Harkening back to when U.S. ships docked within sight of Pattaya Beach, sailors this year came ashore in small boats near the Hard Rock Hotel, rather than in buses from Sattahip and Laem Chabang.

Thousands of U.S. Navy sailors in Thailand for the Cobra Gold joint military exercise washed up on Pattaya’s thirsty shores.








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Doom and gloom or not so bad - conflicting stories

one minute it's all doom and gloom the next it is not so bad at all.  is it a  a question of who the reader prefers to believe!

seeing is believing take a look 27 Feb 2020  8)

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And another look

Roosters await tourists on deserted Patong piers  full article nationthailand.com

Phuket province is reeling under the impact of numerous tourist trips being cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation in Thailand and several countries worldwide.  Nowhere is the fall in tourist numbers as apparent as on the pontoon piers built temporarily on Patong Beach, one of the most popular attractions in the province. Previously, the pontoon piers were a place where tourists were screened for the Covid-19 infection. They came in huge numbers after exiting big cruises.

The piers are still inhabited by roosters tied there by local people to greet foreign tourists, who are staying away for now.


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