Employees waiting in front of empty bars along the popular walking street of Patong in Phuket. Photo: AFP Employees waiting in front of empty bars along the popular walking street of Patong in Phuket. Photo: AFP
Employees waiting in front of empty bars along the popular walking street of Patong in Phuket. Photo: AFP

Phuket’s bars and beaches deserted as coronavirus batters Thailand’s tourism industry

  • In normal times, 80 per cent of the island’s profits come from tourism, a sector that employs more than 300,000 people
  • Last year, more than 9 million tourists visited Phuket, the kingdom’s second-most popular destination after Bangkok

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Employees waiting in front of empty bars along the popular walking street of Patong in Phuket. Photo: AFP Employees waiting in front of empty bars along the popular walking street of Patong in Phuket. Photo: AFP
Employees waiting in front of empty bars along the popular walking street of Patong in Phuket. Photo: AFP
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