1. An estimated 70% of all money spent by tourists in Thailand ends up leaving the country.
A study by Sustainable Living found that over two-thirds of tourism revenue ends up not in the hands of local Thai population, but instead in the pockets of foreign-owned tour operators, airlines, hotels, etc. Only a third actually goes towards the local economy. Known as tourism “leakage,” this phenomenon occurs when tourists choose foreign-owned tourist companies, resorts, and all-inclusive packages instead of operators working within the country.