Thailand’s reopening has other Asian countries looking at how to open, and what that opening may look like. Although tourism in Thailand is increasing, it is slow and steady for the country.
According to Reuter, Thailand has 106,117 foreign tourists between January and October of 2021 — compared with 6.7 million in 2020. The country was used to seeing 40 million a year pre-pandemic.
“About 70 percent of total bookings came from Europe, including Germany, UK, Scandinavian countries, followed by the U.S., Middle East, and Asia,” Wallapa Traisorat, CEO of hospitality company Asset World Corporation Pcl., told Reuters. “For November, we should see 30 percent occupancy, and in the fourth quarter we hope to see better momentum from the reopening.”
Thailand is heavily reliant on tourism, with foreigners spending $57.3 billion in 2019. By the end of 2021, the country expects to see only 200,000 foreign visitors for the entire year — and five million in 2022.