Thailand

Coronavirus: Tourism industry hit hard, with mass layoffs, shutdowns

A hostess waiting for customers outside a restaurant in Khaosan Road last Thursday as tourism numbers plunged in Bangkok.
A hostess waiting for customers outside a restaurant in Khaosan Road last Thursday as tourism numbers plunged in Bangkok.PHOTO: REUTERS

More than 300 employees at the Windsor Suites Hotel, in central Bangkok, are scrambling to find new jobs after it announced a six-month closure by the end of next month amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen 82 confirmed cases and one death in the country as of yesterday.

This is one of the biggest single layoffs amid gradual shutdowns by tourist operators, especially those catering to Chinese tourists, who made up over a quarter of visitors to Thailand last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline 'Tourism industry hit hard, with mass layoffs, shutdowns'. Subscribe