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Omicron impacts tourist numbers

PHUKET: The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Yuthasak Supasorn has admitted that the number of tourist bookings to Thailand has slowed down with the latest COVID-19 strain of Omicron believed to be the chief factor.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 18 December 2021, 12:21PM

Tourist numbers into the country are declining. Photo: AFP

Tourist numbers into the country are declining. Photo: AFP

Yuthasak said that there were on avergae 5 to 6,000 international tourists arriving in the Kingdom per day prior to the Omicron outbreak but that figure has fallen to less than 3,000 per day since Dec 8.

He added that on Dec 15 it was reported a total of 2,584 tourists entered the country and that many were now postponing their booking to the New Year in the hope the Omicron strain can be better understood and contained.

The majority of anticipated tourists were due to arrive from Europe, especially the UK, Germany and France, all countries that have been hit hard by the Omicron outbreak.

Yuthasak confirmed that since the country officially opened its borders to tourists from ‘low risk countries’ on Nov 1, a total of 160,079 tourists have arrived up until Dec 15. The top five countries are Germany, the UK, the US, Russia and France.

He added that a total of 544,566 have registered for the Thailand Pass and 436,008 have so far been approved and that, despite declining numbers, the per capita spend per tourist has risen from approximately B7,000 per person to approximately B8,000 per person.

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maverick | 19 December 2021 - 23:43:44

I have completed two thailand passes without issue both my wife and daughter have arrived safely - good process makes travel easier as well

Jens | 19 December 2021 - 12:25:36

Well, it was a bit annoying to apply for the Thailand Pass and converting PDF's to JPEG's. But everyone with just a little computer literacy could do that. Besides it is also a signal to tourists that Thailand takes the pandemic seriously - and for tourists to do the same. I got my answers for the whole family in 4 business days.

Kurt | 19 December 2021 - 00:35:43

Nice for TAT that is can use Omicron as a handle.  TAT forget conviniently to mention that of the 500,000 Thailand Pass applications just 200,000 are granted so far. ( Read in B-P). That is the best anti tourism advertising Thailand can do. Not yet talking about suppose tourists who never get a answer on their Thailand pass application with that idiot doing from PDF into JPEG's


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