The Airline bookings for Thailand takes a fall, reveals news from travel data
The Airline bookings towards Thailand have fallen. This was revealed by a travel association on Sunday subsequent to the military’s taking over the government. This happened on May 22. This news has grabbed eyeballs as it claims to hit the tourism and travel sector of Thailand which accounts for 10% of economy.
The rebellion followed by months of protests, weakened Thailand’s government headed by Prime Minister Mr. Yingluck Shinawatra. This was followed by forced ministries to be closed for weeks which hurt business confidence. As a result, the economy shrunk and creating negative impact on Thailand’s Travel industry .
May 19 saw around 28,000 of inbound bookings to Thailand a day as per sample figures from Pacific Asia’s Travel Association or PATA. However, May 23 saw 5000 cancellations.
As a result prior to military’s intervention, the Tourism and Travel Authority of Thailand decreased its forecast for the foreign arrivals for this year to 5-year low of around 26.3 million.
This news about drop in the airline bookings were circulated at global meeting of the airlines across Doha where the industry executives seemed worried about impact of the political instability on Thailand and Ukraine as well as over wider travel demand.
The Short-haul booking from countries like China, where people usually book travel some weeks in advance are hit the most said Martin Craigs who is the chief executive of the PATA. The Bookings from the long-haul travelers did not fell as much as they book in advance, Craigs said.
Craigs alleged that tourism’s bosses had talked to Thai military highlighting the Travel sector’s importance to the economy. There’s a need to call for repeal of nationwide curfew which exists from midnight to around 4 am.