No Chinese, no recovery, Thailand Tourism Council chief says

Chamnan Srisawad chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand said that the tourism industry will begin the road to recovery in 3-6 months.

The Tourism Council of Thailand believes Thailand’s tourism industry will not recover until China allows its citizens to travel abroad.

Beijing said this week that it probably will end the ban on overseas group tours at the end of 2022. Until then, individual travelers will have to endure weeks of quarantine upon return.

That effectively means no Chinese will travel for leisure, said council President Chamnan Srisawad. And with Chinese tourists accounting for one in three international arrivals in 2019, that means Thailand’s industry will not recover.

While Thailand will reopen to fully vaccinated foreign tourists Monday, Chamnan doesn’t believe the industry will begin to recover for at least three months, most likely six.

Chinese tourists enjoying a hearty lunch on the beach on Koh Larn Island. Recovery will really begin when they start coming back to Thailand. (File photo)