Coach operators to lay off employees due to sharp drop in tourists


BANGKOK – Companies providing coach services in Thailand plan to lay off employees as tourist arrivals sharply drop due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thai Transportation Operators Association president Wasuchet Sophonsathien said on Wednesday that in the past two months Chinese tourists had cancelled their trips to Thailand.

“The Association’s members had lost income, having to park their 7,000 coaches and tour buses while more than 10,000 drivers and staffers suffer job losses,” he said.

If the situation is not improved within a month, the operators would have to consider laying off their employees, Wasuchet said.

Tour cancellations had led to hundreds of millions of baht in outstanding debts.  The operators would be burdened with over THB2 billion of operation costs, he added.

Wasuchet called on the government to offer soft loan for tour operators to help with their short-term liquidity.