BANGKOK, Thailand – As anti-government protests continue, the tourism industry is taking the hardest hit. The projected 2 trillion baht revenue may not be possible because government policy is put on hold, while tourist concerns over safety are creating less confidence in the security level of the country.
The Vice President for Marketing at the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT), Pornthip Hirunkate, has raised concerns that the ongoing political turmoil may well create a negative impact in the tourism industry, resulting in the country missing the 2 trillion baht revenue target.
The inability to carry out government policy and a decline in the number of tourists especially from China is affecting the growth of the industry. Furthermore, the Chinese government has recently implemented a law to control the quality of tours for its citizens, which means political instability in the country would engender a much lower confidence in visitor safety.
The TCT estimates that tourism revenue will be lower by 10% this year. SMEs in the tourism sector will also feel an impact with less money in circulation. However tourism destinations outside Bangkok will receive greater attention.