2020 and 2021 saw a significant decline in travel in Thailand, with demand shifting from international to domestic tourists. Inbound arrivals to Thailand declined by around four-fifths in 2020 and all but collapsed during 2021, as COVID-19 restrictions were tightened significantly.
The number of people travelling via airlines plunged by more than two thirds between 2019 and 2021, and although it began to recover during 2022, it remained well below its 2020 level and at less than half of its 2019 peak. Meanwhile, the retail constant value sales of airlines (2022 prices) stood at just over a third of their 2019 level during 2022.
The number of room nights more than halved during 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions but saw a robust recover during the second half of 2021, which continued into 2022. During the latter year, room nights reached around four fifths of their 2019 level.
Retail constant value sales (2022 prices) of booking declined by more than two thirds across 2020 and 2021, with the bulk of the decline coming in the former year. While booking retail constant value sales of booking saw a robust recovery during 2022, as international tourism revived, it remained well below its pre-pandemic level.
With the threat posed by COVID-19 likely to continue to diminish, inbound arrivals to Thailand will almost quadruple during 2023 and continue to recover throughout the forecast period. However, they will not exceed their 2019 peak until the very end of the forecast period.
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