Thai tourist arrivals to plunge 80% this year - industry body

The tourist sector is expected to recover in 2021

  
Tourists are seen at an almost empty Asiatique night market in Bangkok, Thailand March 2, 2020.

Tourists are seen at an almost empty Asiatique night market in Bangkok, Thailand March 2, 2020.

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BANGKOK - Thailand is expected to see at most 8 million foreign tourists this year, down 80% from a year earlier, as the coronavirus pandemic cuts global travel, a tourism body said on Tuesday.

The tourist sector, a key driver of Thai growth, is expected to recover in 2021, Chairat Triratanajaraspon, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, told reporters.

Last year, Thailand had a record 39.8 million foreign tourists, whose spending accounted for about 11% of Thai GDP.

(Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai Writing by Orathai Sriring Editing by Ed Davies) ((orathai.sriring@tr.com; +662 0802309;))

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