Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) Director-General Kulaya Tantitemit said the ministry slashed its forecast for the number of foreign tourists to only 2 million this year from 5mn it had predicted three months ago, reports state news agency NNT.
She said the expected fewer tourists will have quite an impact as that will cut tourism money to just over B100 billion from B260bn previously projected.
The latest outbreak has seen half of its overall cases reported this month alone and came as the country was preparing to reopen more broadly to foreign tourists, as vaccinations increase globally.
The Director-General said inoculations at home and abroad could provide some support. The distribution of vaccines is very important as it will be positive for economic activity, she said.
The Finance Ministry also expects the economy to expand more late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter.