Thailand, more accustomed to shining performance than setback or its tourism industry is facing a significant decline in tourism revenues.

For the first time since the bombing in Bangkok on August 17, 2015, which killed 20 people in the center of the capital, tourism is declining in Thailand.

The poor performance of tourism from China following the Phuket sea disaster last July is responsible for much of the downward trend.

Thailand has seen a steady decline in the number of tourists, more than 10% in the last three months, confirmed the spokesman of the government, Puttipong Punnakanta yesterday.

During the last decade Thailand has been a hugely popular destination among Chinese tourists. Chinese tourists now account for more than 30% of tourism revenues in Thailand.

But due to a recent boat tragedy in Phuket which killed more than 45 people, mostly Chinese, the number of tourists from China has dropped significantly.

Last July, a boat tragedy in Phuket killed 47 people, mostly Chinese tourists
Last July, a boat tragedy in Phuket killed 47 people, mostly Chinese tourists

During the first nine months of the year, Thailand received 28.5 million international tourists, representing 8.7 percent year-on-year growth.

Travellers from China slid 12 percent in August, the biggest drop in more than a year, keeping the overall pace of visitor growth near a 16-month low after a tour boat capsized off Phuket in July which killed 47…

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