THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket boat disaster takes toll as Chinese tourist arrivals flatline

BANGKOK: The crippling effect of the Phoenix boat tragedy off Phuket last month, which killed 47 Chinese tourists, has begun to ripple through Thailand’s tourism industry, with growth in arrivals from China virtually flat for the month.

tourismdisastersdeathChinesemarineSafetytransport
By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 1 August 2018, 12:04PM


TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. Photo: TAT

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. Photo: TAT

The tragedy has devastated the number of bookings from Mainland China, with the number of Chinese arrivals in July up only 0.04% year-on-year after a 20% rise in June, said Yuthasak Supakorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

While the TAT is maintaining its arrivals projection from China at 10 million this year, Mr Yuthasak said he would fly to Beijing in mid-August to discuss improving safety and security measures, particularly in marine tourism, with top officials from the China National Tourism Administration and the Culture Ministry.

China has become the largest source market for Thailand’s tourism industry and is projected to contribute B200 billion in revenue this year.

During the first five months, Chinese tourists already generated B100bn thanks to the rise in independent travellers, who spend more, on average, than those coming in groups.

The TAT also plans to ask tourism authorities and operators in China to help strengthen and restore two-way travel between Thailand and China, as well as take part in joint marketing campaigns.

Laguna Golf Phuket

Mr Yuthasak expressed hope that Chinese tourist numbers would return to normal during the Golden Week holidays (Oct 1-7).

He said he would push for the establishment of a national tourism safety centre to oversee and manage crises more efficiently.

The establishment of that body is pending approval from the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

Read original story here.


See also ‘Bursting the tourism bubble’, click here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

CaptainJack69 | 01 August 2018 - 17:34:07

"independent travellers, who spend more, on average, than those coming in groups"  The groups who were going out on the Phoenix weren't paying anything, they were 'zero baht tours' paid in advance in China. How many of the  predicted 10 million visitors would fall into that category?  Far too many.

Foot | 01 August 2018 - 17:05:48

It's unlikely the July 5th tragedy had much affect on July tourism. Most won't cancel their holiday so close to it's date. It will probably affect August, and beyond, tourism. The July tourism numbers reflect previous problems.
It will be interesting to see what the numbers are for August + September.

Kurt | 01 August 2018 - 14:08:12

We read here about chinese tourist numbers only. ( of course the tourist is seen as a number, literally). But the road, beach, and boat disasters are virtual going all over the world.
Which foreign family of 4 (with 2 kids) like to holiday on Phuket, telling their kids the whole day not to go into the water at the beach? It are more nationalities, not only chinese.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Premchai jailed for 16 months, not guilty of black leopard charge

"The court later released him and Yong on bail of B400,000 baht, and Thanee on B500,000, and pr...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

Why is the truck on the wrong side of the road, and what part of the accident involved the pickup?...(Read More)


Premchai jailed for 16 months, not guilty of black leopard charge

Premchai's been released on bail. Does this mean he has a suspended sentence or that his appeal ...(Read More)


Premchai jailed for 16 months, not guilty of black leopard charge

So, just the 1000 dollar question, who did kill the black leopard? Don't tell me that one of the...(Read More)


Premchai jailed for 16 months, not guilty of black leopard charge

"How long is the old poor Thai couple.." Try to google it or sent a petition and ask for a...(Read More)


New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

"addicted to psychotropic drugs" Would that be an excuse for his doings. Surprised that se...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

"Where has the reader been the last decades" and what country is suspending a license for ...(Read More)


Premchai jailed for 16 months, not guilty of black leopard charge

For how long is the old poor Thai couple in jail for plucking mushrooms in a national park?? How is...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

ok the truck should not have been there, but the motorbike was apparently overtaking over a double y...(Read More)


Two banned trucks hit two motorbikes on same day, same road

One wonders who the real troll is... . I use the road on a regular basis and it IS dangerous if one ...(Read More)