March foreign tourist arrivals tumble 76.4% y/y

March foreign tourist arrivals tumble 76.4% y/y

This photo taken on April 4, 2020 shows a motorbike passing through the closed down Soi Cowboy street in Bangkok, a road usually busy with sex workers and customers but now closed for business as authorities seek to halt the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. (AFP file photo)
This photo taken on April 4, 2020 shows a motorbike passing through the closed down Soi Cowboy street in Bangkok, a road usually busy with sex workers and customers but now closed for business as authorities seek to halt the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. (AFP file photo)

Foreign tourist arrivals in Thailand slumped 76.4% in March from a year earlier after a 42.8% drop in the previous month, hit by the coronavirus outbreak, tourism ministry data showed on Thursday.

A total of 820,000 tourists in March spent about 39.5 billion baht, down 77.6% from a year earlier.

Visitors from China, the country's biggest source of tourists, plunged 94.2% from a year earlier.

Tourism is a key driver of Thai growth, with foreign tourist receipts accounting for 11% of gross domestic product last year.


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