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‘Keep foreign tourists out’ says poll

‘Keep foreign tourists out’ says poll

THAILAND: A majority of people do not want foreign tourists to return anytime soon while the COVID-19 situation in the country is improving, saying foreigners could spread the disease and Thai people should be able to enjoy the country first, according to the results of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 14 June 2020, 02:45PM

Beaches in Pattaya have been reopened for tourists but a poll says most Thais do not want to see foreign visitors coming to the country soon. Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe

Beaches in Pattaya have been reopened for tourists but a poll says most Thais do not want to see foreign visitors coming to the country soon. Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The poll was conducted online between June 9-12 on 1,116 people throughout the country to gauge their opinions after the government announced the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown and invited the Thai people to visit places around the country to help stimulate the economy.

Each respondent was allowed to give more than one answer.

Asked when they thought Thailand’s tourism would return to normal after the COVID-19 situation is resolved, 41.40% said in one year; 25.90% in six months; 20.52% in two years; and 12.18% in more than two years.

Asked whether they wanted foreign tourists to return to visit Thailand soon, 75.72% said “no”, with 54.39% saying that they would like the Thai people to tour their own country first before going elsewhere and 21.33% saying that they were afraid the foreigners would spark a second wave of the virus.

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The rest, 24.28%, said they wanted foreign tourists to come soon so that they could help spur the economy and generate income for the country.

Asked which provinces they would like to visit the most, the top five were: Chiang Mai (31.00%), Prachuap Khiri Khan (28.14%), Bangkok (19.35%), Chon Buri (18.55%) and Kanchanaburi (11.92%).

It was not stipulated whether the poll was exclusive to Thai nationals or incorporated foreigners living here.

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BriJay | 04 July 2020 - 04:21:54

Was coming from UK in November but reading this I wonder if wil be welcome and therefore wonder if I will want to come!  Was going to take care to social distance and ATSA e time spend my money! But if you don’t want us or our money so be it.  Enjoy the Chinese ...

Papa paul | 20 June 2020 - 20:22:15

From what has been sai in past months local people are starving and cannot afford travelling around your fair country.
Maybe i got it wrong. You could put them in 300 of those empty coaches and take them tripping.  Sorry i should not have said tripping. I made it sound like a drug bus.

GerryT81 | 15 June 2020 - 15:04:48

@LALALA    Maybe Christy could give you a lift by car on her upcoming trip to Malaysia ? It would guarantee a lot of small talk too .

Kurt | 15 June 2020 - 12:58:33

The return of thai workers from foreign countries show high percentage  Covid-19 infections among them.Keep thai borders closed for China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India. Pakistan and Middle east countries. Specially China,it is can not be trusted in presenting her Covid-19 figures and present re-spikes.Safest is to welcome people from North Korea and small Oceania island countries. 

Capricornball | 15 June 2020 - 11:24:41

Kinda looks like the concept of the "dirty farang" is widely held throughout Thai society, with the 25% wanting them back being those with businesses in the tourism industry that don't care where their money comes from.  Thailand deserves everything coming its way, and I don't care if the thousands of new condos and hotels stay empty for years.

DeKaaskopp | 15 June 2020 - 09:30:13

"I'm not sure Thailand deserves quality tourists...."  And I am sure they don't deserve some Galong's or other hater.

LALALA | 15 June 2020 - 09:17:47

Thorfinger...Kazakhstan, UAE or Malaysia, whatever is available first....and yes, a lot business on Phuket will not survive. But it already started 2-3 years ago, covid 19 is only the final nail in the coffin. All the efforts from TAT to compensate shrinking farang arrivals with visitors from China and India are gone with the wind.....LOL

LALALA | 14 June 2020 - 18:21:55

Phuket chamber of commerce will surely like it...LOL

Galong | 14 June 2020 - 17:40:35

I'm not sure Thailand deserves quality tourists.  Let Thailand have a long taste of Thai tourists (cheap Charlies) and virus-ridden Chinese budget tourists for a while. See how they get along without the massive amount of farang money that they've grown accustom to. Som nam na!

ThorFinger | 14 June 2020 - 17:22:24

...and the Fear Machine keeps rolling on....
I'm preparing myself for the attack of the killer zombies next. 

ThorFinger | 14 June 2020 - 17:20:42

lol, where is Lalala when you need him. Mate, tell me where you're going cos we might get the heck out of this place before we all go bankrupt in a few months time. 
The only Thais using the airport will be Thai people returning home and some poor sods trying to keep their business here. The whole world has gone mad!

Little Tommy Tucker | 14 June 2020 - 16:39:35

Yep, the last thing Thailand needs come November is tourists entering the country. It will do just fine with domestic tourists. Gene Wilder described such 'common folk', such 'people of the land' in Blazing Saddles....morons


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