BANGKOK - The number of foreign tourists in Thailand slumped nearly 40% between Feb. 1 and 7, hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Thursday.
January's foreign arrivals dropped 1% from a year earlier to about 3.7 million, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn told a meeting of tourism operators.
Numbers of visitors may decline until June, and the country could lose as much as 500 billion baht ($16 billion) in revenue if there were no measures to support the industry, the TAT governor said. ($1 = 31.12 baht)
(Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai; Writing by Orathai Sriring; ; editing by John Stonestreet) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +662 0802309; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))