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Thai tourism devastated by massive floods

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Thai authorities have estimated the cost of widespread flooding to the country’s tourism industry at from 520 million USD to 825 million USD.

Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said if the flood situation is resolved by the end of November, estimated losses to tourism will be 520 million USD, with 245 million in revenue lost from domestic trips and 275 million from international tourism.

"If the impact of flooding lasts until the end of December, estimated losses could reach a total of 825 million USD," he said.

He said flood waters are mainly affecting central provinces along the Chao Phraya river, including Bangkok and Ayutthaya , while tourist resorts like Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket are flood-free and ready to receive more tourists.

He predicted that around 1.2 million Chinese tourists will visit Thailand this year, lower than the previous projection of 1.5 million./.
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