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Covid-19 Thailand – Latest Updates (7th July, 2020)

Covid-19 Latest

Cases – 3,195(+ 0)

Recovered – 3,072

Hospitalised – 65

Died – 58

Travelers can apply for discount air fares and hotel rooms from July 15th

People interested in hotel and air fare discounts can register via www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com (We Tour Together program) from July 15th, 6am to 9pm, said Mr. Yutthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Under the program, the 40% discounts will be limited to five million hotel nights and two million air tickets, with the entitlement to air fare discounts connected to the hotel bookings.

Applicants will have the right to a discount on one double occupancy hotel room. They can choose to book five nights at a single hotel, if they want to travel with relatives or friends, or they can choose to stay at five different hotels.

Once registered, they will receive a text message within three days, confirming their discounts, after which they must immediately make the bookings at the hotels or homestays of their choice, to make sure that they don’t miss the opportunity. At this stage, they will have to pay a deposit of 60% in advance for hotel rooms and air fares, which will not be refunded if the travelers subsequently cancel.

Details of participating hotels are available at the www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com

Full Story: ThaiPBSWorld

Thailand tourism and exports hit hard by coronavirus

  • Gross domestic product is forecast to contract 8.1 per cent this year, according to the Bank of Thailand. That would be Thailand’s biggest ever decline
  • Efforts to promote domestic tourism won’t offset the tremendous losses to this critical industry, which last year made up about one-fifth of Thailand’s economy
Thailand has been cited as a success story in containing the coronavirus outbreak, having gone more than 40 days without any local transmission of Covid-19. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia.

Gross domestic product is forecast to contract 8.1 per cent this year, according to the Bank of Thailand. That’s worse than official forecasts for any of the main economies across Asia, and would be Thailand’s biggest GDP decline ever, surpassing even its plunge during the Asian financial crisis two decades ago.

“Thailand has large exposure as a tourism hub, close to 15 per cent of GDP, and it also has large exposure of the export-oriented sector,” said Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, senior economist for Thailand at the World Bank. “Hence the large shock to GDP.”

Full Story: SCMP