Dire straits: Thai tourism on the rocks after coronavirus outbreak

    The above video from Thai PBS examines the impact of the new coronavirus on Thailand’s flagging tourism industry. 

    With nearly a third of visitors to Thailand hailing from China, the outbreak of the new coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on the country’s tourism sector.

    Chinese arrivals have plummeted from 30,000 to 3,000 per day, leaving many local tour operators struggling to make ends meet.

    Beleaguered boat operators in search of passengers, retailers, and restaurateurs in the seaside town of Pattaya share their tales of woe, as many risk going under.