PUBLISHED: 13:05, Wed, Aug 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:05, Wed, Aug 12, 2020
Thailand was once a popular holiday destination among Britons. Once popular with backpackers and students, the country has remained devoid of tourists. However, the country has managed to survive the coronavirus pandemic and remain largely unscathed.
The country has recorded 3,356 cases of the virus and 58 deaths.
It has also not recorded a local case in 78 days.
And despite around 20 percent of Thailand’s GDP coming from the tourism industry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand predicted that the country’s borders would not reopen to tourists until 2021.
Deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya told Telegraph Travel the surprising news.
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Thailand holidays: Britons may not be allowed back until next year in huge blow to tourism (stock) (Image: GETTY)
Thailand holidays: The country has recorded 3,356 cases of the virus and 58 deaths (stock) (Image: GETTY)
He added: “The Christmas period, usually the high season, is in jeopardy and I’m looking horribly even to Chinese New Year in February.
"It is not a rosy picture."
Although the country’s case rate will likely remain low if they do not reopen to tourists, businesses and jobs could be at risk.
Back in March, the World Travel and Tourism Council said that up to 50 million jobs in the Travel & Tourism sector could be at risk due to the pandemic.
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