Covid-19 pandemic pushes millions of small Thai businesses into crisis

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the backbone of Thailand’s economy, are struggling with crushing debt loads that could force them out of business as the latest wave of Covid-19 infections dims the prospects for an economic recovery. “This round is much worse than last year, and millions of operators are suffering,” said Mr Sangchai Theerakulwanich, chairman […]

Chinese domestic tourism trips down 50% in 2020: official data

2.8 billion trips have been made by Chinese in 2020, down 52.1 percent from the year in 2019, as China made stable recovery of domestic travel market, according to data released by Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Monday. In 2020, Chinese people’s spending on cultural and tourism activities exceeded 108 billion yuan ($16.71 billion), […]

How the pandemic has changed the face of tourism in Siem Reap

It’s been almost 18 months since Cambodia closed its doors on international tourists, leaving its dominant tourism economy in tatters. Nowhere in the nation has felt it harder than Siem Reap, a city whose economy is heavily reliant on tourism. While international arrivals to the town had already started to slow pre-pandemic, in 2019, Siem […]

Thailand previews difficult life without tourists

Thailand looks ill-prepared for life without tourists as a fresh wave of contagion hits. The Southeast Asian country needs to wean itself off this economic crutch, but political instability stands in the way. Gorgeous beaches, spicy food and temples draw a steady stream of travellers. The industry generated $60 billion in international tourism receipts in […]

Thailand: No plans to return tourism to pre-COVID crisis levels

Thailand decided to not return tourism to what is was before COVID-19 | 20% Thailand GDP is from Tourism | Thailand is looking for investors outside the Tourism industry | Thailand’s authorities said they did not plan to return tourism to pre-crisis levels even after the normalization of the epidemiological situation with COVID-19, said Deputy Prime […]

Thailand tourism changed forever

Proudly contributed by Andrew J. Wood

Last week the Thai government Minister’s speech shows me that tourism will never be allowed to recover to previous levels. The writing is definitely on the wall, windows and front door, that there has been a major policy shift in government thinking by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s Cabinet. In a deeply worrying development for Thailand’s massive […]

One year after listing, Plain of Jars is a World Heritage indicator amid pandemic

Most sites see a dramatic change after being put on the World Heritage List. Visitor numbers shoot up, investors both domestic and international flock to the site, and there is a flurry of media interest and community activity. Yet, one year after the listing of the Plain of Jars in Lao PDR in July 2019, […]

Thailand general tourism closed until March 2021

Minister for Sports and Tourism, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, has announced that Thailand’s tourism is close until the second quarter of next year. This means that other tourist visas, such as e-Visa and visa-on-arrival, apart from the new TR and STV visa will still be on hold for now. This move thwarted the hopes of a turnaround […]

Opening up is the only way to rescue Thai tourism

Thailand’s world-class tourism industry is in a deep, coronavirus-induced coma, close to death. No life support is currently available. Pandemic paranoia has gripped the nation, freezing our bio-security risk management in full containment mode, meaning zero tolerance for local Covid-19 transmission. The socio-economic, and some might add political, impacts of this crisis are huge. According […]