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Tourist sector in Phuket reeling from lack of Chinese tourists

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Bang Tao Beach, Phuket

Bang Tao Beach in Phuket. Photo: Mountain Ash / flickr.

Tourism-related businesses in Phuket have been hard hit by the sharp drop in the number of tourist arrivals, especially Chinese, as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in China and its spread to several other countries.

The Phuket Wang Tahfu Chinese restaurant, for example, which used to cater to between 1,000-2,000 Chinese customers, mostly tour groups, has seen virtually no customers since late January, when the Chinese government banned tour groups from leaving the country.

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By Thai PBS World

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