Thai tourism workers cope with corona crisis with alternative ways of earning

Published on : Thursday, May 14, 2020

With Thailand’s tourist economy suffering a near-total shutdown from travel restrictions from corona virus, employees in the industry have been forced to manage to cope with the crisis.

For example, air purser Kosit Rattanasopon, 37, has traded in his cabin crew uniform for a delivery driver’s jacket, ferrying food around Bangkok on his Ducati motorbike ever since the Thai airline he works for grounded all flights.

“I know things will not be the same again for at least another year, so I will have to keep doing this,” Rattanasopon said.

Tourism accounted for 11┬ápercent of Thailand’s GDP last year, and border closures and travel restrictions for restricting the virus spread are expected to devastate the industry for months to come.

However, those who have new jobs are among the lucky ones. Around 4 million Thais work in the tourism sector, and they are only hoping that a vaccine or new corona virus treatment would allow travel to return to earlier levels.

Closure of hotels and exhibition centers has also disrupted many businesses in Bangkok.

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