Since the beginning of this year, Thailand has welcomed nearly 10 million international travelers, contributing an impressive 391 billion baht in tourism revenue. With a surge in the number of Chinese visitors anticipated by the Thai government, tourism trends in Thailand are set to create unique experiences for global tourists this year.
Government spokesperson, Traisulee Taisaranakul, has revealed that the period from January to mid-May has seen 9.47 million overseas visitors grace the shores of Thailand. Tourists have come from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
With the goal of enhancing tourism growth, the Thai government has instructed associated departments to bolster their support for inbound travelers, specifically focusing on Chinese tourists. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has projected over 5.3 million Chinese arrivals, a figure that Traisulee believes could reach 7 million with the implementation of additional tourism incentives.
In a report by Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai), flight data shows a sharp 98% increase in the number of flights from China to Thailand between October 2022 and April 2023. This upturn in Chinese tourism began after China’s announcement on February 6 that travel agencies could resume international operations.
Looking ahead, Aerothai forecasts continued growth in Chinese flights to Thailand. May is projected to bring 5,330 flights, followed by 6,090 in June, 7,150 in July, 7,460 in August, and finally, 7,340 in September. Over the entire 2023 fiscal year, it’s anticipated that around 46,175 Chinese flights will land in Thailand.
According to the Economics Tourism and Sports Division of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the week of May 8-14 alone witnessed the arrival of 415,309 international tourists, translating to an average of 59,329 daily arrivals. Travelers from Southeast Asia, East Asia, and South Asia form a substantial portion, with Malaysians, Chinese, Indians, Lao, and South Koreans making up 47.5% of all international visitors.
As Thailand heads into its quieter tourist season, the number of tourists is expected to taper off. However, the Tourism and Sports Division has been working tirelessly to create appealing incentives to attract international tourists.
Yet, it’s essential to remember that global events, such as the ongoing US debt ceiling negotiations, high inflation rates, and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, can impact Thailand’s tourism industry. By understanding these factors, prospective tourists can make more informed decisions and look forward to enriching experiences in Thailand.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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