CityNews – On 8th of January 2014, the BBC uploaded a video on Youtube which discusses Thailand’s drop in tourism since the December 2013 protests began.
Protests in Bangkok.
The video begins with the narrator describing tourism as ‘Thailand’s pot of gold, that keep on giving…’ and how the industry accounts for more than 7% of the country’s economy. He then goes on to say how visitor numbers were rising each year, until the anti-government protests put a sudden damper on things at the end of last year.
“Until now, the protests have been little more an occasional inconvenience…” the narrator says to the camera, on a busy sidewalk in Bangkok, “The total shutdown planned for next week will have a far more serious impact on the city’s economy.”