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10mn foreign tourists since January: govt

BANGKOK: Thailand has welcomed almost 10 million foreign tourists since January, generating about B391 billion in revenue. The government expects the number of Chinese tourists to reach 7mn this year.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 21 May 2023, 03:08PM

Tourists visit Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, in Bangkok last month.Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Tourists visit Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, in Bangkok last month.Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Traisuree Taisaranakul, deputy government spokeswoman, said on Saturday (May 20) that 9.47mn foreign tourists visited Thailand from January to May 15, mainly from East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, reports Bangkok Post.

The government has ordered affiliated agencies to enhance support for incoming tourists, particularly Chinese visitors, to boost tourism growth.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thailand expects to see over 5.3mn Chinese tourists visiting the country. The figure might even reach seven million if supported by other tourism incentives, Ms Traisuree added.

Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) also said there were 12,805 flights from China to Thailand during October 2022 to April, 2023, an increase of 98% compared to the same period the former year.

Chinese tourist numbers rose after China’s announcement on Feb 6 that it would allow international travel via travel agencies.

Aerothai anticipates an increase in the number of flights from China until September this year. It estimates 5,330 flights in May, 6,090 flights in June, 7,150 flights in July, 7,460 flights in August and 7,340 flights in September.

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The total estimated number of Chinese flights coming to Thailand during the 2023 fiscal year, from October last year to September this year, is 46,175, said Ms Traisuree.

Meanwhile, the Economics Tourism and Sports Division of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said there were 415,309 foreign tourists visiting Thailand during May 8-14, or almost 59,329 people per day.

Most are from Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. The top-five international tourists arriving in Thailand by nationality are Malaysians, Chinese, Indians, Lao and South Koreans, making up to 47.5% of all international tourists.

The division said that even though Thailand is entering its low season and the number of tourists is expected to fall gradually, there are many incentives to attract foreign tourists.

Nonetheless, Thailand’s tourism also is affected by external factors including the world economy, which is facing negative pressure from the US debt ceiling talks, high inflation and the Russian-Ukrainian War, said the division.

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), said Thailand’s tourism will slow down in the latter half of the year.

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maverick | 23 May 2023 - 15:17:55

Immigration data provides evidence which is hard to refute - however immigration does not differentiate day trippers from Malaysia, Cambodia or Laos - a safe measure would be arrivals by air surely more indicative of the health of tourism 

Kurt | 23 May 2023 - 09:10:11

Gerry, NO proof, just as there is no proof of the 'almost 10 million'. Can be less, can be more. Even without the B-S 'external factors'.  US debt ceiling affair started very recent. Russian illegal invasion Ukraine brought more Russians to Thailand than ever before. Inflation/deflation is a global happening part of the global economy for centuries.

GerryT81 | 22 May 2023 - 17:45:46

Any proof from the serial doubters on here that those figures are wrong ? All I saw this year (till may) were crowded streets, packed beaches and busy hotels. Not only in Phuket.

Kurt | 22 May 2023 - 09:51:32

Old Guy, Of course not many people believe the propaganda pep talk figures. And no one cares. It is all 'work' to justify administrative tourism jobs only. External negative factors?hehehe. 
US dept ceiling talks? B-S. High inflation? B-S. The bestial Russian war in Ukraine? B-S. More russians came to Thailand to escape conscription. Stay here legal/illegal, and spend money.

Old guy | 21 May 2023 - 17:15:17

Does anyone ever believe the ridiculous tourist numbers that are thrown around? 


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