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Flooding Effecting Tourism in Thailand



Thailand's tourism industry has been seriously hit by the destructive consequences of the Southeast Asian country's worst floods in decades


Thousands of tourists canceled their trips to Thailand after the floods affected several regions of the country, damaging the temples and tourist areas in recent weeks.

The Thai authorities have announced that the tourism industry is expected to lose $ 520 million to $ 825 million, could soar if the flood lasts until late December, Chiangrai Times

Many temples and tourist attractions have lost their number usually large number of visitors in recent weeks and some of them remain empty.

Several airports are closed in the country and a number of other airports are not accessible by roads.

The authorities have been trying to prevent water from reaching the interior of the capital, Bangkok, where all major tourist sites, temples and hotels are located at the same time slow moving water reached the doors of the center the city, reducing the number of arrivals at the airport of Suvarnabhumi international capital by 25%.

Tourist arrivals fall 2% this year, but according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the governor, the real impact of flooding could be determined once the waters recede, and depends on how the authorities quickly face the consequences.

The newcomers could be 500,000 to 1 million below the government target of 19 million dollars this year because of flooding, said Tourism Minister Silpa-archa Thai Chumphol.

Given that the season has already begun, the TAT has launched an international campaign with the help of its 25 overseas offices to inform tourists that many of the popular destinations in Thailand are not flooded.

In particular, he stressed that places like Chiang Mai in the north and the beach destinations of Koh Samui, Pattaya and Phuket are safe to visit.

One of the main objectives of the Thai government, once the waters recede, to restore the confidence of foreigners and restore stability. Back to tourists remains a priority, since it is a key source of income and employment for Thais.

Anna Wong- Chiangrai Times

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