February tourist arrivals slump 42.8% y-o-y

February tourist arrivals slump 42.8% y-o-y

An empty arrivals terminal following the coronavirus outbreak, at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province on March 12, 2020. (Reuters file photo)
An empty arrivals terminal following the coronavirus outbreak, at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province on March 12, 2020. (Reuters file photo)

Tourist arrivals in Thailand sank 42.78% in February from a year earlier after a 2.46% rise in the previous month, due to the coronavirus outbreak, tourism ministry data showed on Monday.

A total of 2.06 million tourists in February spent about 103.7 billion baht, down 43.9% from a year earlier.

Visitor numbers from China, Thailand's biggest source of tourists, tumbled 84.92% from a year earlier.

Tourism is a key driver of Thai growth, with foreign tourist receipts making up 11% of gross domestic product (GDP) last year. The tourism industry as a whole is estimated to account for about 20% of GDP. 

International flights cancellation information is displayed on a board due to the coronavirus outbreak at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 12, 2020. (Reuters file photo)


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