Foreign tourist arrivals to Thailand to decline in 2021

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  • Saturday, 08 Aug 2020

BANGKOK, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's state tourism body on Friday said in a press briefing that under a worst-case scenario of a prolonged COVID-19 crisis, foreign tourist arrivals next year could be as low as 15 percent of 2019 levels.

That would represent an international visitor total of 6.1 million, compared with 39.8 million in 2019 when the country enjoyed 12 full months of normal tourism conditions, said the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in its latest tourism forecast report.

Revenue from international visitors in 2021 under the most pessimistic of three scenarios developed by the TAT would shrink to just 296 billion baht (9.48 billion U.S. dollars) or about 16 percent of the 1.9 trillion baht (82.5 billion U.S. dollars) earned in 2019.

Total revenue from domestic and foreign travelers in 2019 was estimated at 3.2 trillion baht (102.5 billion U.S. dollars), said the report.

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