Thais Dont Want Tourists To Return Amid COVID Fears

Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

Over 75 percent of Thais have said they do not want to see foreign tourists returning to the country over fears they could spark a second coronavirus wave.

The poll was carried out by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University and the results showed that Thai citizens believe they should be allowed to take advantage of the country’s tourist sites before foreigners are allowed to return.

The online poll saw 1,116 participants from throughout Thailand and 75.72 percent replied ‘no’ when asked if they wanted foreign tourists to return soon.

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The poll showed that 21.33 percent of participants were scared foreigners would spark a second wave of COVID-19, while 54.39 percent said they wanted Thai people to travel around the country before going elsewhere.

Just 24.28 percent of those who participated wanted to see foreign tourists to return soon to boost the economy.

Local media report there have recently been ‘bans’ put in place on foreign visitors at some tourist sites and on some buses in Thailand.

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The country’s borders are still closed under a state of emergency that lasts until June 30, and most incoming international flights are banned.

The poll comes as European countries begin to open their borders and allow travel between some states.

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Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.

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