Arrivals of foreign tourists into Thailand fell by 76.4% in March from a year earlier, reported Reuters, citing the latest data from the country’s tourism ministry.
The report also said that Chinese visitors, Thailand’s largest source of foreign tourists, plunged 94.2% year over year last month.
Tourism is an important contributor of growth for the Thai economy. Last year, foreign tourist receipts accounted for 11% of the country’s gross domestic product, said Reuters.
Globally, companies in the tourism and leisure industry have been among the hardest hit in the coronavirus pandemic as many countries restricted travel and closed borders to curb the spread of the virus.