Karon beach in Phuket. With tourism almost at a standstill in Phuket, and plans to reopen the island to foreign holidaymakers put on hold, thousands of tourism workers have left for their home provinces, businesses have shut, and 50,000 hotel jobs are at risk. Photo: AFP Karon beach in Phuket. With tourism almost at a standstill in Phuket, and plans to reopen the island to foreign holidaymakers put on hold, thousands of tourism workers have left for their home provinces, businesses have shut, and 50,000 hotel jobs are at risk. Photo: AFP
Karon beach in Phuket. With tourism almost at a standstill in Phuket, and plans to reopen the island to foreign holidaymakers put on hold, thousands of tourism workers have left for their home provinces, businesses have shut, and 50,000 hotel jobs are at risk. Photo: AFP

Stories of the Phuket tourism workers hit hard by plunge in travel to Thailand amid the Covid-19 crisis

  • A boat operator shut his business but can at least fish. Thousands of tourism workers in Phuket left for their home provinces with nothing, and no jobs to go to
  • The pandemic has cost Thailand’s most popular holiday island US$12.8 billion, and with plans to let tourists return put on hold, 50,000 hotel jobs are on the line

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Karon beach in Phuket. With tourism almost at a standstill in Phuket, and plans to reopen the island to foreign holidaymakers put on hold, thousands of tourism workers have left for their home provinces, businesses have shut, and 50,000 hotel jobs are at risk. Photo: AFP Karon beach in Phuket. With tourism almost at a standstill in Phuket, and plans to reopen the island to foreign holidaymakers put on hold, thousands of tourism workers have left for their home provinces, businesses have shut, and 50,000 hotel jobs are at risk. Photo: AFP
Karon beach in Phuket. With tourism almost at a standstill in Phuket, and plans to reopen the island to foreign holidaymakers put on hold, thousands of tourism workers have left for their home provinces, businesses have shut, and 50,000 hotel jobs are at risk. Photo: AFP
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