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2 in 5 Thais Went in Debt Since Virus Struck, Report Says

BANGKOK — Fried chicken vendor Sontaya Mookon, 39, described his debts over the past year as dried layers of dirt caked on a pig’s tail, using a Thai idiom that means “to keep increasing.”
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House in Bangkok on Nov. 5, 2019.

Sino-Thai Trade Continues to Grow Despite Pandemic

BANGKOK — The Thai economy will continue to prosper from trade with China despite the pandemic and the absence of deep pocket Chinese tourists, a panel of experts said Thursday.
Empty seats at Chiang Mai Airport.

Tourism Minister Wants to Revive Coronavirus ‘Travel Bubble’

BANGKOK — The tourism minister on Thursday said he wanted to renew a push for an agreement that would allow travel exchanges with countries where the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Caught in New Virus Fear, Koh Samet is Empty of Tourists Again

KOH SAMET — The popular tourist island of Koh Samet saw a sharp drop in visitors after news broke that a coronavirus-infected...

Minor Group Rep on Tourism Future: ‘We Really Need a Travel Bubble’

BANGKOK — The director of a major hotel chain in Thailand on Tuesday urged the government to reopen the country’s borders to international tourists under special travel agreements.

GDP Expected to Shrink by 10% in Virus-Stricken 2020

BANGKOK — A major bank said the Thai GDP may shrink by as much as 10.3 percent this year due to economic woes caused by the coronavirus.

‘Deserted as Never Before’ Virus Knocks Thai Tourism Into Comatose

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Hotels are shuttered in the dark, bars are closed and empty food carts are seen around Bangkok's once-bustling tourism associated street. Silence shrouds the city's party land despite the easing COVID-19 lockdown measures.

Survey Says 3 in 5 Thais Want Borders to Reopen

BANGKOK — A survey found that Thais are cautiously leaning towards reopening borders for tourists as the coronavirus pandemic appears to be winding down.
Khaosan Road on June 15, 2020.

Bars May Reopen by July, Business Reps to Negotiate

BANGKOK — A nightlife industry representative on Monday welcomed a promise by the government to reopen pubs, bars, and other entertainment venues in the next phase of lockdown, which may take place as early as July.
Tourists visit Wat Rong Kun in Chiang Rai province on Oct. 5, 2018.

Business Guilds Advise Caution Over Coronavirus ‘Travel Bubble’

BANGKOK — Business associations on Tuesday urged the government to reconsider a proposal to allow foreign visitors to Thailand without having to go through coronavirus quarantine measures.

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