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Thailand tourist arrivals dive as coup shakes confidence

Published on Jun 6, 2014 5:34 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand suffered a plunge in tourist arrivals in May as the military seized power in a coup and imposed a nightime curfew, official figures showed on Friday.

Foreign visitor numbers slumped 10.6 per cent last month compared with a year earlier, to roughly 1.74 million people, the Tourism and Sports Ministry reported.

For the first five months of 2014, arrivals were down nearly 6 per cent year-on-year.

"The reasons are political rallies, the imposition of emergency rule, martial law and the curfew," said Mr Arnupap Gaesornsuwan, director-general of the ministry's Tourism Department.

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