Thailand loses $60 million in tourism revenues

Flooding costs millions in lost visits and damage to attractions

Somewhere between 400,000 and 750,000 foreign visitors have decided not to travel to Thailand due to the floods crisis, the Tourism Authority of Thailand estimates, costing the country approximately THB19 billion ($60 million) in lost tourism revenues. Another THB13 billion in revenues has been lost from domestic tourism, or six million trips. But that’s not all in the crisis’ tourism-related costs. Around 175 tourist attractions have been damaged with costs estimated at THB560 million.
In related news, politicians are debating whether to build flood defences to protect the country’s second airport, Don Mueang, from similar disasters in the future.
[pictured: HuaHin beach, Thailand]


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