6 June 2024

In March of 2020, the Thai Government declared a state of emergency. Soon afterwards borders were closed to foreign arrivals due to the stringent measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The number of foreign tourists dropped dramatically from nearly 40 million to 6,700. 

The tourism industry generated three trillion baht for the country which equals 20% of the country’s GDP. Two-thirds of that tourism revenue came from foreign visitors, but that was before the emergence of the coronavirus.

So far more than four million people have been forced out of work and millions more who work indirectly in the tourism industry have also been affected, especially street food.