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A month after reopening, Thailand sees gradual tourism recovery

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  • 송고시간 2021-11-26 03:20
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A family plays with an elephant at popular tourist destination Mae Sa Elephant Camp, as Thailand reopens its borders to vaccinated tourists, in Chiang Mai, Nov 20, 2021. (File photo by= REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] BANGKOK: Thailand was among the first countries in Asia to reopen for foreign arrivals, and it is seeing a slow recovery, like new hotels touting longer stays for individual travelers, Reuters reported.

In the first 10 months of 2021, Thailand saw 106,117 foreign tourists, a drop from 6.7 million in 2020. Before the pandemic, Thailand saw about 40 million visitors a year. Hospitality firms like Asset World Corporation, which opened its 19th property this month, saw the majority of its bookings come from Western countries and the Middle East. "About 70 percent of total bookings came from Europe, including Germany, UK, Scandinavian countries, followed by the US, Middle East, and Asia," chief executive Wallapa Traisorat told Reuters, adding that domestic travel helped.


Thailand, one of the region's most popular destinations, is heavily dependent on tourism. In 2019, 40 million arrivals spent 1.91 trillion baht (US$57.3 billion). Thinner crowds and discounts made for a more pleasant experience said German tourist Markus Klarer. Initially, the property expects most guests to be locals on longer stays, said Centara Hotels chief financial officer Gun Srisompong. Thailand expects only 200,000 foreign tourists this year, and 5 million in 2022. Despite the reopening, some businesses said COVID-19 rules still made some things hard.