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Koh Samui is projected to join other popular Thailand destinations seeing a sharp decrease in tourism.

The number of foreign tourists may plunge by almost two-thirds to 14 million this year, the lowest level in 14 years, as the coronavirus pandemic hits global travel, estimates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) showed on Monday.

The TAT now predicts only 14 million to 16 million foreign visitors this year, sharply down from 33.8 million projected in March. Last year’s foreign arrivals were a record 39.8 million.

Tourism is crucial to Thailand as spending from foreign tourists amounted to 1.93 trillion baht, or 11% of gross domestic product last year.

The tourism authority is hoping foreign visitors will return to Thailand in October, the country’s high tourist season, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters.

“Our best case scenario is that domestic tourism will start to improve in June or July, while foreign visitors should come in around October,” he said.

 

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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