The tourist sector comprises a significant part of the Thai economy. It provides one in six job opportunities and accounts for approximately 13-14% of the country’s economy.
In January, Thailand received more than 3.5 million foreign tourists. Due to Thai’s reliance on the tourist sector, it is one of the most vulnerable economies to the COVID-19 impact.
China accounts for the most significant percentage (30%) of tourists visiting Thailand. It plays a vital role in underpinning the nation’s tourism sector.
Thailand felt the impact of Covid19 on 23 January as soon as China stopped travels and imposed a quarantine on Wuhan City.
The Thai government enforced the state of emergency on March 26 until April 30 and imposed a 10pm to 4am curfew on April 3. The emergency decree was then extended until the 31st of May.
Suddenly, Bangkok temples and markets became less crowded. The tourism sector will continue to deteriorate as more and more countries lock their borders and impose restrictions. The tourism-related gaming industry is one of the key sectors likely to be affected by the COVID-19 impact.
Anonymous sources from the Asian GClub casino (จีคลับ) informed us that, initially, 15% of the tourists in south east region where casino is allowed were playing…