May 11, 2020 / 12:15 PM / 13 days ago

Thailand tourist arrivals may fall by as much as 65% in 2020 due to virus outbreak

BANGKOK, May 11 (Reuters) - The number of foreign tourists in Thailand may plunge as much as 25.8 million to 14 million this year, the lowest level in 14 years, as the coronavirus pandemic hits global travel, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Monday.

The TAT now predicts only 14 million to 16 million foreign visitors this year, sharply down from 33.8 million projected in March.

Last year’s foreign arrivals were a record 39.8 million. (Reporting by Panarate Thepgumpanat Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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