Recovery of international routes will depend on how quickly a vaccine or antiviral drugs can be made available. The president of Airports of Thailand, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, says air travel should be back to pre-Covid19 levels by October 2021.
Thailand’s travel and tourism industry directly contributes an estimated 12-14% of GDP, while the expanded and informal contribution is likely at 20% or slightly above. More important to the percentage is that tourism is the face of the country that is now the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. The Thai smile is a global icon and symbol of the national character.
While everyone is spending time locked up in their homes, many people try to show their photos and videos of their stay in Thailand. Many people do not recognize what they see now when Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket are deserted and there is no everyday bustle, lights and rivers of people moving on the streets in tourist places. Each online account has many interesting facts, but they have one thing in common, everyone is waiting for a return to normal and has a question when it will all end.
Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, has now been partially locked down, effective today until April 30, by order of its governor. Only four routes in or out will remain open. Vehicles and passengers will undergo strict screening at entrance and exit checkpoints. Those with a fever or who fail to wear facemasks will be not allowed to enter.
The next days pass in Thailand, it is 10.04.2020 and currently there are only 2473 people suffering from Covid-19, it is not much for almost 3 months from the beginning of the virus in the country of smile. Up to 33 people have died from under the infection today. Looking at the situation in Europe or the USA it looks very calm.