Omicron impacts tourist numbers

Omicron impacts tourist numbers

PHUKET: Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn has admitted that the number of tourist bookings in Thailand has slowed due to Omicron’s latest COVID-19 strain believed to be the main factor.
Yuthasak said there were an average of 5 to 6,000 international tourists arriving in the Kingdom a day before the Omicron outbreak, but that figure has dropped to less than 3,000 a day since December 8.
He added that a total of 2,584 tourists had entered the country on December 15 and that many were now postponing their booking to the new year in hopes that the Omicron strain could be better understood and contained.
Most of the expected tourists would have come from Europe, particularly the UK, Germany and France, all of which 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 November 1, a total of 160,079 tourists had arrived by December 15. The top five countries are Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and France.
He added that a total of 544,566 have signed up for the Thailand Pass and 436,008 have so far been approved and that, despite the declining numbers, per capita spending per tourist has gone from around B7,000 per person to around B8,000. per person.

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