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world news The findings in the second quarter of 2019 highlighted both the micro and macro factors affecting Thailand’s tourism industry: the slowdown of the world economy as well as Thailand’s economic stagnation; the Thai government’s stimulus and tax reduction scheme; extension on the visa-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 nations for another six months until October 2019, and the strength of the Thai Baht to a weakening US dollar combined with rising inflation. Both tourism operators and tourists agreed that Bangkok and Chiang Mai are facing over tourism issues that are impacting the destinations, whilst they pointed to Phuket as a destination that can still handle more tourists. The Index forecasts that Thailand will welcome 9.7 million international tourists (up 7.06% year-on-year) in the third quarter of 2019. It projects that total arrivals will reach 40.06 million international tourists for all of 2019, up 4.65% over 2018. Cheapest and Most Expensive Airport Transfers in Europe There is a lot to consider when planning your perfect city getaway but what remains vital to the smooth running of a holiday is the airport transfer. Traveling to your hotel in an unknown city can be daunting, not to mention expensive. Here are the average price to travel from the city center to the main airport (or vice versa) for 14 European capital cities. Lisbon, Portugal –is the cheapest city that travelers pay a mere €5.79 for a 5.4km journey from the city’s airport to the center. In second place is Ankara - Turkey’s capital will set you back only €13.64 for a 26.5km journey. Madrid (€18.56), Berlin (€20.10), Prague (€21.31), Vienna (€23.75) and Athens (€26.45). At a whopping €52.07 (20.8km journey), Amsterdam tops the table as the most expensive capital city to reach, from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The next most expensive city is, London at €50.60 for 25.6km – dropping you off at London Heathrow. In third place is Stockholm. The city’s low fares of €1.13 are unfortunately canceled out by the distance required to reach its airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport (40.3km) – as such, the overall total becomes €49.76. 24  New Focus | September / October 2019

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