In December, Thailand broke its record for the highest number tourists in one year. Now, the coronavirus outbreak has diminished the number of tourists coming to Thailand.
The majority of tourists visiting Thailand come from China, and recent restrictions placed on Chinese visitors are already impacting the Thai economy. Thailand has seen a drop of more than 85% in the number of tourists coming from China due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In a country with an economy so heavily reliant on tourism, the threats to Thailand’s potential for economic growth this year are concerning.