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As everywhere starts to open up - lots of businesses are also closing tempory again, waiting for the tourists to arrive - will it ever be the same :-[

Cha-am’s famous water park closes – temporarily

The Santorini water park in Phetchaburi’s Cha-am district has been temporarily closed as of June 1 due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Santorini Park Waterventures announced on its Facebook page that it was temporarily suspending all operations by at least 12 months.

The park said that since its key customers are foreign travellers, it has no choice but to remain closed until travel restrictions are lifted and the tourism sector returns to normal.  nationthailand.com



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Re: lack of tourists - death sentence for monkeys
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2020, 06:34:07 PM »
Lack of tourists a death sentence for monkeys
A family of long-tailed macaques was found to have drowned in a water tank near Songkhla’s Wihan Daeng Shrine on Tangkuan Hill. It is believed that monkeys in the area are suffering from hunger and thirst now that tourists, their main source for food, have disappeared due to the pandemic.

The water tanks near the shrine are not covered, so monkeys often fall in when trying to drink water and are unable to climb out due to the depth of the tanks.Local officials who came to find the source of bad smell emanating from the tanks found up to 30 monkey carcasses, some floating and some sunk to the bottom.  nationthailand.com

Hundreds Of Monkeys Fight Over Single Piece Of Food



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Re: lack of tourists - Phuket opens but who will visit?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2020, 04:04:50 PM »
Phuket opens but who will visit?

Phuket announced 31 May the reopening of hotels, but authorities forgot to give hotels any advance notice to ensure they could plan their return to business in an orderly fashion.

One hotelier told TTR Weekly he was in a department heads meeting when he received a mobile text message saying the province had announced all the island’s hotels could reopen.



“They gave no one any warning, but within 30 minutes of the text message on hotels reopening, the social security department sent out messages ending the monthly compensation payments for June,” the hotelier told TTR Weekly.

The entire announcement process and explanations, particularly on what quarantine rules may apply going forward are shoddy and inefficient. Travellers should be clearly informed when they book tickets for domestic flights if there are any quarantine rules or restrictions that will apply on arrival.

In most cases travel between provinces no longer requires a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days. However, it remains unclear if quarantine free travel applies for visits to Phuket as the province raised some restrictions on travellers from neighbouring provinces last month.

Domestic flights to Phuket resume 15 June but with just three airlines — Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and Vietjet.

The island’s highway link across a causeway to the mainland has reopened to commercial travel once more meaning travellers from neighbouring provinces can now visit Phuket by car or bus.

But the island’s airport remains closed to international flights until at least 1 July. If the Civil Aviation  Authority of Thailand doesn’t extend the ban on international flights as it is as done on three occasions so far, limited commercial flights should be allowed to serve Thailand’s international airports starting 1 July.

Phuket hoteliers complain that the domestic market for the island is limited. Bangkok residents are driving to Hua Hin or Pattaya to enjoy their newfound freedom after the lockdown. They are avoiding airline travel for health concerns and the hassles that airports present due to stringent health controls. Phuket is too far for overland trips from the Thai capital, and potential travellers who are resident in neighbouring provinces to Phuket are suffering from the economic fallout. They don’t have the financial means to book holidays in Phuket.

“The only real markets of substance for Phuket to tap are in Asia, and as long as Thailand is closed to tourists as it is now, then the prospects for the island’s hotel is very grim for months to come,” a Patong bay hotelier told TTR Weekly.

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Famous Chiang Mai elephant attraction threatened with closure
The operator of a famous Chiang Mai elephant attraction says he will be forced to close down and get rid of his jumbos unless tourism recovers in the next three or four months.

Phutawan Elephant Camp’s owner said his revenue had fallen to zero after the attraction was shut under the Covid-19 lockdown, leaving him with bills of Bt160,000 for the care of each elephant.  full article  nationthailand.com

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Southern Hotels, Empty of Tourists, to Get Financial Aid


An empty hotel in Surat Thani province on June 6, 2020

— Large- and medium-sized hotels in Phuket and other provinces in southern Thailand will financially survive for the rest of this year, a leading hotelier said on Sunday.

Kongsak Khuphongsakorn, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) Southern Chapter, said most Large- and medium-sized hotels in Phuket and elsewhere in the southern region of the country will manage to get through financially and only small-sized ones might possibly go out of business due to the pandemic, which has kept foreign visitors at bay.

Kongsak confirmed most hotels, including those in beachfront and seaside areas of the tourist island, have reopened for Thai visitors in place of foreign guests between June and September, normally viewed as low season.

Those hotels will very likely manage to keep the business going and offer lowered room rates for Thai guests, he said.

Foreign guests, especially the Chinese, are not expected until October or later whereas international passenger airliners are currently not allowed to land at Thai airports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kongsak assured many hotels in Phuket will take financial aid from the government which has planned to provide soft loans for the country’s pandemic-affected hospitality sector as part of its social and economic relief and restoration measures.

The THA southern chapter president said many hotels and guesthouses in downtown areas, considerably far from the beaches, might be operating at enormous loss or be finally closed.

He said the owners of those small-sized hotels and guesthouses might probably look to sell them off rather than continue to run them on their own.

Dozens of small-sized hotels on Koh Samui island off Surat Thani province might probably go out of business later this year due to lack of liquidities and incomes, according to THA southern chapter president Kongsak.

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Re: lack of tourists - A thousand elephants threatened by starvation
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A thousand elephants threatened by starvation

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Lack of tourists a death sentence for monkeys
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Thai vets perform mass sterilization as hungry monkeys terrorize tourist city
(Reuters) - Thailand has started sterilizing hundreds of monkeys in a city famous for its macaque population, as the coronavirus pandemic leaves them hungry, aggressive and wrestling food from terrified residents.

Lopburi province and its 2,000 monkeys have long been a draw for tourists from around the world, who typically feed them and pose with them for selfies.

But since Thailand closed its borders on April 4 to control coronavirus infections, the monkeys are not adapting well to their new normal.

“They’re so used to having tourists feed them and the city provides no space for them to fend for themselves,” said Supakarn Kaewchot, a government veterinarian.

“With the tourists gone, they’ve been more aggressive, fighting humans for food to survive,” she told Reuters.

“They’re invading buildings and forcing locals to flee their homes.”

Unlike monkeys in the wild, city monkeys need not hunt for food, giving them more time and energy to reproduce and cause trouble, Supakarn said.

To try to control their fast-growing population, authorities have this week placed big cages around the city with tantalizing fruits in them, hoping to lure around 300 monkeys for sterilization.

From the cages, the monkeys are transferred to an operating table, where they are sedated, shaved and tattooed with a unique reference number under their arms.

They lay on their backs under a green cloth as vets perform a vasectomy or a tubal ligation operation.

The sleeping monkeys get one night to recover before being taken back to their respective tribes.

The government aims to sterilize 500 of the macaques over the next two months.

Supakarn said the sterilization would pose no threat to the monkey population and the aim was just to slow down the rate of its urban growth.

“We’re not doing this in the wild, only in the city areas,” she added.

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The island that catered to foreigners is completely deserted, normaly buzzing all hours. There were no tourists on the beach.
Businesses were shuttered or for sale, Exchange booths were not open. more pics @ news.thaipbs.or.th

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Nearly one-third of tourism-related businesses 'may shut down permanently'
About one-third of tourism business operators in Thailand will run out of liquidity to keep their businesses afloat in the second half of 2020, Tourism Council of Thailand president Chairat Trirattanajarasporn has warned.

“The impact of Covid-19 will become most serious in the third quarter this year after many operators had tried to cut costs by letting some of their employees go, but after more than a million positions cut the situation still hasn’t improved, as no foreign tourists are allowed into the country yet,” he said.

“The council estimates that in the next three months up to 30 per cent of tourism-related businesses in Thailand are at risk of shutting down permanently.”

Chairat added that some operators are starting to sell their establishments, such as hotels, resorts, restaurants and gift shops to investors who wish to turn them into other business. “However, since the real estate business is also affected by the economic crisis, the hope of selling their properties is still bleak for these owners,” he added.

“The council had a meeting with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday (July 10) and proposed five measures to help tourism business operators,” said Chairat. “These measures are: providing soft loans to tourism entrepreneurs; considering moving the schedule up to open the country to foreign tourists under a practice similar to the travel bubble scheme; offering discount on electricity bills, one of the main costs of hotel operators; having the Social Security Office extend the compensation payment to temporarily unemployed staff from June to December, and reducing the employer’s contribution to Social Security Fund from 4 per cent to 1 per cent.”

Chairat also added that the Tourism Council of Thailand has predicted the income from foreign tourists in 2020 will drop significantly from Bt2.2 trillion last year to only around Bt600 billion.

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Re: lack of tourists - Koh Samet Is Deserted
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Koh Samet Is Deserted
(TNA) – The ferry pier of Koh Samet was virtually deserted as a very small number of tourists visited the normally popular island this weekend.

The quiet atmosphere followed the report that a recently visiting Egyptian soldier was infected with the coronavirus disease 2019.

Although it was weekend, the Koh Samet Ferry pier in Banphe area was deserted. A very small number of tourists showed up to board ferries to Koh Samet. Ferry operators said the number of tourists dropped by 70% after the island reopened 18 days ago.

A ferry operator said his boat was capable of carrying 74 passengers but to observe social distancing its load was limited to 40 passengers a trip. Today less than 20 people boarded his boat per trip and most of them were workers, not tourists.

Most buses on Koh Samet were parked. Shops and restaurants had no customers. Beach chair operators said they doubted that they would earn a baht today.

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Re: lack of tourists - How is Bangkok Doing during Covid? (Video)
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How is Bangkok Doing during Covid?

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