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Bt50 bn loss expected in Q1 revenue from tourism The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: Thailand's tourism sector has lost income so far in the new year because of he political turmoil plaguing Bangkok, experts said.

Small hotels and restaurants near protest sites have started to cut down their part-time workforces in response to lower occupancy rates and the lack of customers.

According to Tourism Council of Thailand president Piyamarn Techapaibul, hotel occupancy in the affected areas of Bangkok has dropped to 50 per cent, while those the in central business district near protest sites have seen their rates dwindle to 40 per cent.