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Flooding cuts into Thai tourism
The Nakhon Ratchasima office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) predicted business losses of 100 million baht in the severely affected province. Reports are that more than 30 restaurants, hotels and resorts along the Lam Takhong River and inside Nakhon Ratchasima city, including the Dusit Princess Korat Hotel and the V-One Hotel Korat, have been affected.
About 30-40 resorts in Nakhon Ratchasima are now submerged. This month's reservations have all been cancelled despite this being the domestic high season.
Local families like to take their children on holiday during the month-long school break. Damage cannot be assessed yet, as floodwaters remain and many resorts cannot even be contacted due to electricity cuts in affected areas.
Major tourist attractions in Muang, Pak Chong, Chakkarat, Sung Noen and Pak Thong Chai districts have suffered damage including the Pak Thong Chai Silk and Cultural Centre in Phimai district, which cannot be contacted.
Flood problems are expected to be resolved before the year-end high season. The association has not yet seen any cancellations of advance room reservations for November or December.
Thawatchai Arunyik, the TAT's deputy governor for domestic marketing, said the agency received one report estimating total damage at hotels and resorts in Nakhon Ratchasima at more than 40 million baht.
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