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    Thailand : Foreign tourists drops 14.1%

    Foreign tourists drops 14.1%
    26/09/2009

    The number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand over the first eight months of this year went down 14.1 per cent from the same period last year to only 8.9 million, deputy spokesman of the Democrat Party, Atthawit Suwanphakdee, said on Saturday.

    Mr Athhawat attributed the declining to impacts of the Songkran riots by the anti-government red-shirts in April and the pandemic of the A (H1N1) flu virus.

    However, he was confident that the situation of the tourism sector will improve in the fourth quarter of the year as the number of foreign arrivals is increasing.

    He called on both the red and yellow-shirt people groups to think of the country and refrain from rallies that could worsen the countryís ailing economy.

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    Well full marks to him for rightly predicting thr return of the xmas mongers, Dickhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Athhawat attributed the declining to impacts of the Songkran riots by the anti-government red-shirts in April and the pandemic of the A (H1N1) flu virus.
    It’s so pathetic how they can dismiss the airport hijacking by the PAD as the one of the main reasons for the fall in tourism.


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    Never mind the jetski and airport scam efeects...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Athhawat attributed the declining to impacts of the Songkran riots by the anti-government red-shirts in April and the pandemic of the A (H1N1) flu virus.
    Itís so pathetic how they can dismiss the airport hijacking by the PAD as the one of the main reasons for the fall in tourism.
    Not pathetic, but realistic....

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    doesn't help when they stop issueing tourist visas

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
    doesn't help when they stop issueing tourist visas

    but monkey can't think past his own little nose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Athhawat attributed the declining to impacts of the Songkran riots by the anti-government red-shirts in April and the pandemic of the A (H1N1) flu virus.
    Itís so pathetic how they can dismiss the airport hijacking by the PAD as the one of the main reasons for the fall in tourism.
    Not pathetic, but realistic....
    Are you seriously saying the airport takeovers and the international coverage it got had no effect on tourism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Athhawat attributed the declining to impacts of the Songkran riots by the anti-government red-shirts in April and the pandemic of the A (H1N1) flu virus.
    Itís so pathetic how they can dismiss the airport hijacking by the PAD as the one of the main reasons for the fall in tourism.
    Not pathetic, but realistic....
    Are you seriously saying the airport takeovers and the international coverage it got had no effect on tourism?
    The 'official' dismissal and the sweeping under the rug angle. The mention of the Reds activities are first and foremost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    It’s so pathetic how they can dismiss the airport hijacking by the PAD as the one of the main reasons for the fall in tourism.
    But that was last year, its the pig flu I tell you, thats whats stopping the tourists, look how bad Malaysia has done this year, they only had a 5 percent increase in tourist arrivals, its the pig flu honest

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    Itís so pathetic how they can dismiss the airport hijacking by the PAD as the one of the main reasons for the fall in tourism.
    But that was last year, its the pig flu I tell you, thats whats stopping the tourists, look how bad Malaysia has done this year, they only had a 5 percent increase in tourist arrivals, its the pig flu honest
    Those bloody pigs have a lot to answer for

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    Laguna Resorts and Hotels balance sheets

    Laguna Resorts & Hotels Plc.
    Revenues from Hotel Operations first half 2008 : 2.265 million baht
    first half of 2009 : 1.593 million baht -30% year on year

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    Grande Asset balance sheets

    Grande Asset Hotels And Property Public Company Limited
    Revenues from Hotel Operations first half 2008 : 468 million baht
    first half of 2009 : 315 million baht -33% year on year

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    I was held up for five days when the yellow shirts blockaded the airport.
    When i visited the airlines office to rearrange my flight details there were more angry tourist/business men and women then i had ever seen.
    Some people had to stay an extra two weeks thanks to the yellow peril.
    The fact is the only people i meet that were happy during this time were the Brits,everyone else was swearing never to return to Thailand.
    The yellow peril have really helped to mess up the tourist business,lets hope they don't get chance to mess it up anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bretby
    Those bloody pigs have a lot to answer for

    Especially the ones tightly dressed in brown

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    Loads of people are figuring Thailand out and the more people that come the more word will get round.

    The airport shutdowns and political rallies only add fuel to an already burning pyre.

    Thailand is in terminal decline, and it's only a matter of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Priest
    Thailand is in terminal decline, and it's only a matter of time.
    Blah, blah, blah.........get yourself another script wank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Blah, blah, blah.........get yourself another script wank.
    I don't read from any script mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Priest
    Loads of people are figuring Thailand out and the more people that come the more word will get round.
    So what you are saying is that the more that people come here, the less people will come? Do you get your logic from The Beano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwick
    So what you are saying is that the more that people come here, the less people will come?
    The more people have been coming the more Thailand is being exposed as a giant, dirty, dishonest brothel. If you can't work out what was inferred by my post then life must be tough.

    Quote Originally Posted by Warwick
    Do you get your logic from The Beano?
    I don't read the Nation or the Bangkok Post mate.

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    Mate of mine has just given up his tuk tuk after 14 years as there are not enough tourists to go around.
    CM gets quieter every year.
    Many of my friends and family have stopped coming over as it's just too much hastle here.
    Good luck Thailand!

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    Airport closure cost me £600,no refunds or change of flight,thanks evaair for looking after a regular customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    look how bad Malaysia has done this year, they only had a 5 percent increase in tourist arrivals, its the pig flu honest
    We went to the coast for a long week-end and ALL hotels were booked solid . . . The manager of the place we usually stay (Swiss Garden Resort) says his overseas bookings have increased at a phenomenal rate . . . (Germans, British, French, Scandis and Dutch)

    Although it was full, the types of tourists are happily lacking the lager louts and general thugs . . . Thailand can keep them

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    down 14% ? that's actually quite reasonable,

    France tourism was down more than 20% but retailers said the season wasn't as bad as expected, the fewer tourists were spending more apparently on lower priced items

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    Thailand has experienced an incredible gain in tourists over the last decade or so. During this period in which the number of foreign tourists have more than doubled there is one thing that is exactly the same in 2009 as it was in 1998: there will always be a critical mass of internally perturbed farangs chanting that unless Thailand changes no one will come here.

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