Aviation & tourism
The negative economic situation in both Thailand and Malaysia and the latter's national airline having two accidents may cause Malaysian tourist arrivals to Hat Yai to drop by at least 30% this year.
Hat Yai hoteliers said 2014 would be their worst year, as tourism has been hurt by economic slowdowns in both countries and Thai political problems, said Krit Prathanrasnikorn, president of the Hat Yai-Songkhla Hotel Association.
Moreover, the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine has affected the mood of Malaysian tourists, causing many to suspend their travel plans even if they did not involve flying.
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