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Chinese, Russian tourists not ‘preferred’, says Phuket poll

PHUKET: China has ranked among the least preferred source countries of tourists to Phuket, according to a Phuket News online poll.

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Saturday 1 August 2015, 10:00AM

Despite being the largest tourism source market to Phuket for years, China scored only 2 per cent of all votes cast. Photo: Bangkok Post / file
Despite being the largest tourism source market to Phuket for years, China scored only 2 per cent of all votes cast. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Despite being the largest tourism source market to Phuket for years and despite the poll allowing respondents to choose up to three “preferred tourist” options, China scored only 2 per cent of all votes cast.

Tourists from Russia and Eastern Europe fared little better, garnering only 3pc of all votes cast in the poll, which ran for two weeks.

Worst preferred in the poll were tourists from India and the Middle East, which each scored only 1pc of votes cast, despite the Tourism Authority of Thailand targeting those source markets with campaigns and roadshows in recent years.

Even tourists from Asean nations took a hit in the “preference league”, with only 6pc of votes cast in favour of tourists from “Elsewhere in Asia (Malaysia, Korea, Japan, etc)”.

The top choice among respondents were tourists from “Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, etc)”, with 24pc of all votes cast, followed by tourists from Western Europe (19%).

Australia placed third in the preference poll, scoring 17pc of votes, followed by the United Kingdom (14pc) and North America (12pc).

For the full poll results, click here.

To vote in our latest poll, asking “How much positive effect do you think shopping mega-malls have on the island?”, click here.



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edward partridge | 20 August 2015 - 12:46:06

with all due respect..from my hazards on phuket roads,  the standard of driving everywhere in thailand is name it .buses,cars,motorbikes,scooters trucks.the bottom line is might is right.if i am bigger or faster or whatever ,then you move out of my way.if not,then you possibly may not be around to complain about it, esp if your bad luck was to be a pedestrian.just for...

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stu | 02 August 2015 - 16:02:01

Please treat these surveys with caution. They rely on the premise that we can catagorise people based on their nationality and that these nationalities have steriotypes. There are lovely people from every nation, just as there are some not so nice people from every nation. Each person needs to be considered on their own merit and not judged on the nationality they hold.

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aboljanah | 02 August 2015 - 00:37:52

Middle East ??? We spend more than other spends, personally the minimum per month is 120000 baht some time up to 300000, and no one give a good tips equal to people from middle east, the minimum tip I give is 100 baht.
Always on 5 starts hotels and luxury resorts and I see all arabs they spend money and they give good tips to thai people and we respect you what do you like more ?

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waldo | 01 August 2015 - 20:33:30

Most Aussie retirees on a Aus aged pension now do not qualify for a retireement visa in Thailand as the exchange rate has gone from Bt32.5to 25Bt  Unless the requirements change you can expect about 6000 Aus long term retirees to move to Cambodia, it's less complicated for a visa and cheaper.  $ 400 Aus per week (Bt10500) is quite enough to live on in Thailand, so it's up to the Thai govt....

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waldo | 01 August 2015 - 20:20:54

Yes With the Aussie dollar down by 30% in 3 years Thailand is getting more expensive.  Indonesia's money has dropped a bit but not as much as Thai so Chaing Mia not so good Bali here I come (cheaper)

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Petterson | 01 August 2015 - 15:40:35

I am Swedish, i spend around 40,000 baht per week while in Thailand. But this i my last time here after more than 30 times here during the last 15 years. The reason: I'm getting alone here nowadays while here, No Scandinavians left, and on top of that, all the visa hassles and corrupted immigration officers asking 3-8000 baht to extend a 30-days visa exempt, even though it should cost 1900 bah...

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simon01 | 01 August 2015 - 15:27:57

The only slight shock here is the Middle east. many Arab states are very well off, good tippers and ok can be slightly rude but well worth the money. Ok China as they spend nothing at all and want everything. The Russians just spend nothing, want everything, do as they please at the expense of everyone else, are rude aggressive and look down on everyone else. I am shocked they are not last. I gues...

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