The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


COVID infections to dampen Songkran tourism

COVID infections to dampen Songkran tourism

BANGKOK: The new COVID-19 outbreak is expected to cut tourism receipts by half during the Songkran festival after many provinces have voluntarily imposed a 14-day quarantine, while dozens of events have been cancelled or postponed, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

tourismeconomicsCOVID-19Coronavirus
By Bangkok Post

Sunday 11 April 2021, 12:32PM


A travel agency employee sits in front of his closed shop in Bangkok on Thursday. Thailand remains closed to international tourists because of COVID-19.

A travel agency employee sits in front of his closed shop in Bangkok on Thursday. Thailand remains closed to international tourists because of COVID-19.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said a large number of infections originating from the Thong Lor cluster will impact tourism activities next week, leading to stricter travel regulations at major destinations and lower tourism confidence, reports the Bangkok Post.

TAT previously estimated 3.2 million domestic trips next week would generate B12 billion for the economy.

However, given the outbreak, Mr Yuthasak said the number of trips and revenue is likely to drop 50% to 1.6mn and B6bn, respectively.

Almost 70% of guests headed for Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) have already cancelled their hotel rooms as the province detected a high number of local infections.

This week Hua Hin reported 25 COVID-19 cases linked to travellers from Nonthaburi. More tourists will continue to cancel bookings if the number of COVID-19 cases there continues to escalate, he said.

Chiang Mai, which requires tourists from Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Nakhon Pathom to observe a 14-day quarantine period or pass a test for COVID-19 upon arrival, has seen cancellations of around 20%.

Hotels in Pattaya reported a decline in bookings as the occupancy rate is expected to drop from 90% to 60% after tourists expressed concern over safety and strict travel measures in many places.

Subscribe to The Phuket News

The Northeast, which has eight provinces requiring 10- or 14-day quarantines for those from at-risk areas, also recorded 20% cancellations, led by Nakhon Ratchasima with over 130 bookings erased.

Mr Yuthasak said hotels in the South reported cancellations at around 15% from an average occupancy of 50-90% previously.

Cancellations in this region are not as high as other places because Phuket and Phang Nga are still allowing tourists to visit without quarantine. Instead, they have asked travellers to activate a tracking application.

However, some provinces that use Hat Yai airport in Songkhla as a transport hub may see more cancellations as Songkhla issued a 14-day quarantine mandate for travellers from at-risk areas, including Bangkok.

Hotels in Satun, a province that can only be reached from Hat Yai airport, has seen cancellations of 14.3% from an average occupancy of 54.4%.

Destinations in the Gulf of Thailand have also felt the impact as Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan have seen 20% of all bookings cancelled, while Nakhon Si Thammarat experienced 15% cancellations.

Meanwhile, some 38 events and activities planned for Songkran nationwide have been cancelled or postponed to help contain virus spread, including the TAT-sponsored “Amazing Songkran Festival” from April 13-15.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Charges progress against Phuket mass party venue operators

Don't hold your breath Foot, only the Manager at Covid Del Mar was brought up for charges. Clear...(Read More)


AstraZeneca vaccinations to start in Phuket in June

Well no are AstraZeneca Banned in Norway, because of dead and to many bad side effect. Think more c...(Read More)


It’s official: No friends allowed

Just as a matter of interest is there a breakdown of infections to indicate how many 'filthy for...(Read More)


AstraZeneca vaccinations to start in Phuket in June

Foreign retirees are very much at risk, but they are sure not to get a vaccination! A rogue who thin...(Read More)


Charges progress against Phuket mass party venue operators

B40k is nothing- they should get the 2 years in prison, especially when a single 'filthy foreign...(Read More)


Charges progress against Phuket mass party venue operators

So how about going after all the officials that signed off to let this party happen, are they going ...(Read More)


It’s official: No friends allowed

The same crazy measures being used in some European countries are finally used in Thailand too. Is ...(Read More)


Ministry promises ‘walk-in’ virus shots

'And those in the hospitality sector'. There is no hospitality sector, is has all but been d...(Read More)


It’s official: No friends allowed

So, one person cannot go and first another person in their house, i.e two farangs not from the same ...(Read More)


Charges progress against Phuket mass party venue operators

Wow! They are actually going after the clubs? Good for them. Cafe Del Mar single-handedly put Kama...(Read More)