Hua Hin (People's Daily) – Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2020 was held December 4 and 5, attracting more than 1,000 tourists, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Hua Hin is a famous tourist destination in Thailand. This is the fourth consecutive year that the festival has been held in Hua Hin. The exciting weekend-long festival showcased different styles and eras of music with diverse jazz performances, including 50 of the most up-and-coming jazz performers and award-winning artists.
These included famed jazz musicians like Keith Nolan, renowned trumpet player Steve Cannon, and sensational jazz vocalist Julian Cary. Thai artists rounded out the program with performances by Koh Mr. Saxman, celebrity singer Burin Boonvisut, and Sincharoen Brothers to name only a few.
Hua Hin Mayor Nopporn Wutthikul said, "I hope that Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2020 will bring happiness and smiles to the Thai brothers and sisters who visit the event. Especially jazz lovers who have been waiting for this festival all year round. And I also hope that the festival can help Hua Hin to revive tourism and bring tourists back to Hua Hin."
Thailand tourism is facing a tough time due to the COVID-19. Thailand's Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said in his weekly press briefing last week that Thailand may not see foreign tourists numbers return to a pre-pandemic level of 40 million arrivals until 2024. And if the COVID-19 vaccine proves its efficacy, then global tourism will begin to spur, which then can help Thailand expedite its tourism sector quickly. Meanwhile, the Tourism Authority of Thailand expects foreign tourist numbers to plunge to 6.7 million this year from 39.8 million in 2019 before recovering to 20.5 million next year.