SARS wreaks havoc on tourism in Thailand

BANGKOK: The impact of the SARS outbreak on Thailand's tourism industry is worsening, with the number of tourists arriving in the kingdom down 46% last month and 55% so far this month, a report said yesterday. 

Tourism and Sports Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem released official figures on Friday, showing that the number of arrivals last month had plunged to 320,000 compared to a year earlier, the Bangkok Post reported. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand reportedly estimated that total arrivals for this year would fall 10% from the 10.8 million recorded last year, while revenue is projected to drop 12% from 320 billion baht (RM28bil). 

Thailand has not reported any cases of local transmission of SARS, but eight infections have been recorded here. – Reuters  

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