TAT expects 25 bn THB worth of flood damage on tourism

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BANGKOK, 26 October 2011 (NNT) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has estimated the cost of damage from the flood on the tourism sector to be as much as 25 billion THB with the number of foreign visitors decreasing to 19.1 million.

After convening with the TAT Board to assess damages from the flooding catastrophe on the national tourism, TAT Governor Surapol Svetasreni stated that the impact could be divided into three scenarios, from mildest to severest. The severest scenario is that the flood will last until December, causing the numbers of domestic and foreign travelers to drop by 6 million and 300,000 respectively.

A total of 25 billion THB of tourism income could be lost while approximately 19.1 million foreign tourists would be seen for the whole year, as opposed to the expectation of 19.5 million.

Nonetheless, Mr Surapol voiced his belief that the disaster would be over within November, adding that tourist arrivals at Suvarnabhumi International Airport had expanded 23 percent this month to 780,000 persons, compared to 690,000 persons during the same period last year.

Read more: NNT


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