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Without question the Corona virus has hit Thailand’s tourism hard; and the repercussions and impact are actually far greater than many of us would at first realise. To compound this it is also causing serious issues with other sectors in Thailand from automobile to property.
This outbreak will be hitting the global economy too, so Thailand is not alone by any means. But if there is one thing that history has shown us is that the Land of Smiles has always great recovery abilities from adversity.
I sat with a Pattaya hotelier earlier in the week and he was explaining how some hotels reliant on Chinese visitors have reduced staff hours with many being forced to take unpaid leave as the hotels. Quite simply, just have no guests. Normally busy attractions have also felt the pain too. But all the time the uncertainty continues it means no one can plan longer term. For starters, according to the hotelier, many Europeans will put off their annual trip to Asia later in the year whilst media still covers the story. Why would they take the risk, however small, when there are other travel options? So it is not only a fall in Chinese visitors but others too that may not arrive on these shores over the next few months. Or until the virus has been contained in China.