Outlook Good for Tourism Numbers
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
BANGKOK: The Thai government is confident the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand will soar to 28.8 million by the end of this year.
According to Deputy Spokesperson to the Prime Minister's Office, Major General Sansern Keawkamnerd, the tourism sector has been doing well since the beginning of February.
More than 17 million tourists have visited the country, spending around 818 billion baht during their stay.
The government believed there would be more tourists arriving in the country than what the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has projected by one million people.
Thailand will have earned estimated revenues of 1.6 trillion baht in total by the end of 2015.
A large number of Chinese tourists are expected to come to Thailand in October during their national day holiday period due to the weakening baht.
A total of 300,000 more Americans are also forecast to travel to Thailand as the American economy has begun to improve. They usually stay in the country around 14-15 days each time they visit Thailand.
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One should make a distinction between LONG HAUL tourism and REGIONAL tourism:
the long haul it is for Europeans and Americans travelling to the Kingdom
the regional is for Chinese on a trip to the same destination, and they form a bulk of travellers to the Thailand.
Similarly, among more than 70millions of tourists visiting France each year
vast part of them are on regional trips - first,British tourists,and others from neighbouring countries,
smaller part are the oversea travellers ,among them Chinese one.
A statistical duration of regional tourism trips is always shorter than the one of long haul one,and thus often gives higher spending figure per day than long haul trips as certain expenses are amortised for a fewer days.
It is already became comic how some commenters here,unable to execute a basic analytical thinking (is that because of too much MSN in their food?),and lacking capacity to take an abstract look on the situation and build a simple model of it,with an ever-growing foam on their lips laments Chinese for their shorter regional trips :)
Such clown-like performance is like to blame skies that they blue and that sun is shining:
- in all major tourist destinations regional tourism forms a major share of inbound tourism; exceptions are remote destinations like French Polynesia and Maldives, where Chileans and SriLankans are not major groups because of remoteness and exclusive pricing; also it is not the case in Africa where neighbours are too poor.
- Chinese are the neighbours,they are becoming richer,and as Malaysians are major group visiting Singapore,and Singaporeans are major group visiting Malaysia, Chinese will stay in any foreseeable future a major group visiting Thailand - like Europeans visiting France, it is a natural thing and thus quite normal one,no need needlessly to spit foam during discussion on it.
August 12, 2015 13:52
This is delusional... the Chinese numbers are up by more then 20% but the others including Russian and and Farangs is down by the same amount. here is the difference...Chinese tourist are mostly pre booked on everything...bus, hotel breakfast and dinner and even buying sprees. They stop at 7/11 and buy about 150-200 baht worth of lollies and drinks... is that good for Thailand...NO!
Farangs on the other hand drink at different bars...take massages...eat at different restaurants... take taxis and hire bikes book 2-3 hotels in different locations and so on.
The difference in spend that stays here and gets distributed among the local business is about 200 baht per day v's 10000-13000 baht per day.
August 17, 2015 17:29
You just spread your personal fantasies as an official statistics consequently shows that PRC visitors both FIT and on package tours outspend virtually all Europeans,in every expense category - hotel,shopping, transportation ,F&B,activities ,per person per night. Their stays are twice as shorter than of average European tourist ad it is regional travel,not a long haul for them.
Also there various segments,and Chinese well represented in top price segment too. You may well be surprised how well they are represented in some East coast properties where Pad Thai or Khao Pad costs 400THB or 400THB++
Statistics are available on the site of Department of Tourism.
August 17, 2015 18:11
I and my wife (we are Italian) spend our holiday in phuket from 10 years and we stay about 5 mounts an we spend a lot of money for hotel, restaurant, massages and other. I don't believe chinese tourist are same us for thailand economy
August 17, 2015 18:51
"the Chinese numbers are up by more then 20% but the others including Russian and and Farangs is down by the same amount."
This is the same nonsense guesswork like Ciaran 4 days ago with his 25% drop of Scandinavians within one year.
Where is a moderator if you need one?
Georg The Viking
August 18, 2015 15:00
Right behind you, Georg.
The majority of Chinese tourists travel in packs organised by Chinese owened tour companies who make deals with shopping centres and eating places where they get a small payment for bringing tourists, thus the most of "Chinese money spent" doesn't stay in Thailand.
August 19, 2015 07:16
European tourists quite often stopped for 1 to 3 months on holidays renting property and using local facilities, car rental, restaurants bars etc
Chinese and Koreans come for 1 or 2 weeks on package tour which other nationalities do as well and do not use local businesses except for restaurants on occasions, The amount of people who can afford a 3 month holiday are fewer now because of the exchange rate and other factors, My son and his family are going to Bali for the second time this year for a 4 day holiday which is cheaper than having short break type holiday in Australia, they will just relax in the resort and take the kids to amusement parks etc
August 19, 2015 11:23
@Georg - my 25% drop is direct from the biggest tour operator on this island transporting Scandinavians to this island. The shift is now from Phuket to Krabi and Khaolak.
August 19, 2015 12:17
With jet-skis rampant on Phuket but banned in neighboring provinces, the big money is on the move. Only the jet-ski operators will be surprised.
The payment, or rather, under the counter commission, is by no means small as you imply. It is generally 30% of whatever purchases the group makes.
Now calculate even a simple dinner for 50 people, which is the approximate average a tour bus here carries and you'll see it's no peanuts.
August 19, 2015 14:31
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