A boat disaster near Thailand’s Phuket Island that killed 47 Chinese last month is significantly cutting arrival numbers from China, while the Thai tourism industry is hopeful the decline will be stemmed by late this year.

It would be recalled that, the July 5 capsizing of the phoenix was Thailand’s worst tourist-related disaster in years.

Report has it that, China is Thailand’s biggest source of visitors, and last year accounted for nearly one-third of the record 35.38 million arrivals.

Vice President of the association of Thai travel agents, Virat Chatturaputpitak, said he expects numbers to recover during China’s golden week holiday in October, when many citizens travel en masse.

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