Thailand records 3,000 foreign tourists in November as ban softens

Thailand records 3,000 foreign tourists in November as ban softens

Thailand recorded 3,065 foreign tourists in November, official data showed on Monday. In its second month of receiving long-stay visitors after imposing a ban in April to keep coronavirus infections under control.

The 3,065 foreign tourists in November is simply a fraction of the 3.39 million arrivals within the same period last year. In October, there have been 1,201 foreign visitors.

The country is gradually opening up to foreign visitors and offering incentives to spice up domestic travel. However, an outbreak hampered their efforts to revive its tourism-driven economy. Findings show the outbreak 10 days ago that has since infected over 1,600 people in 43 provinces.

In the January-November period, the quantity of foreign visitors slumped by 81% from a year earlier. From about 6.7 million of that 6.69 million that records show earlier.

That compares with last year’s nearly 40 million tourists who spent 1.91 trillion Baht ($63 billion), or about 11.3% of gross domestic product.

The state planning agency predicts only 5 million foreign visitors in 2021.

Foreign visitors at this time are required to get special visas and undergo period of time of quarantine.


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