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Tourism income up 5% at B885bn in Q1

Tourism income up 5% at B885bn in Q1

BANGKOK: Thailand posted income of around B885 billion from tourism in the first quarter this year, thanks to a 5% increase in foreign and Thai tourists, says the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 16 May 2019, 09:13AM


The TAT expects 10% year-on-year growth in tourism income for the second quarter. Photo: Bangkok Post

The TAT expects 10% year-on-year growth in tourism income for the second quarter. Photo: Bangkok Post

Foreign tourists generated some B600 billion, while Thai tourists generated around 285 billion, said governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The numbers in the first quarter are quite impressive, even though we had to face various problems such as an unstable political situation, Brexit and the trade war,” he said.

We have to maintain tourism momentum in the low season to achieve our benchmarks for this year with tourism promotions and campaigns.”

From April to June, what the TAT terms the green season, it expects tourism income from Thai and foreign tourists worth B764 billion (up 10%). The agency expects 9.4 million foreign tourists (up 6%), generating tourism income of B487 billion, and 43 million Thai tourists, generating income of 276 hundred billion.

The TAT said during the first quarter, the waiver of visa-on-arrival fees for 20 countries and marketing activities in one special administrative region contributed to the increase in tourism.

This included the 39th Thailand Tourism Festival, tourism during the Chinese New Year and nationwide activities both in major and secondary provinces, such as the Buri Ram marathon.

The TAT expects 10% year-on-year growth in tourism income for the second quarter, said Mr Yuthasak.

He said the agency has taken measures to promote tourism during the green season, collaborating with government, the private sector, airlines, hotels and communities to create packages that will increase income growth from tourism.

The TAT, together with the private sector, tourism operators and local communities, plan to promote various campaigns, such as value packages that can be found online at Teawthaionline.com. It also signed a partnership with luxury hotels and resorts to offer discounts of up to 65% during the rainy season.

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Moreover, there are hotel and airline discounts from online travel agencies (OTA) Traveloka and Agoda in second-tier provinces.

The TAT encourages everyone to travel during this season, not only because prices are lower but also to benefit from tax deductions for tourism spending,” said Mr Yuthasak.

The TAT will focus on short-haul markets, especially China. The agency expects to sign a memorandum of understanding with companies in China to cooperate on tourism, namely China Travel Service and Alipay of Ant Financial Services Group.

Noppadon Pakprot, deputy governor for domestic marketing at TAT, said measures to boost domestic travel during the green season consist of cooperating with agencies and partners, including OTAs and hotels, as well as marketing campaigns presenting the beauty of nature during the rainy season, the fertility of green fields, and festivals.

It plans to co-organise events with various hotels, restaurants and rental car services in upcountry regions.

Sujitra Jongchansitto, deputy governor for tourism products and business, said the TAT has collaborated with companies to organise travel packages along 80 routes, which can be purchased until Sept 30. The packages encourage tourists to visit popular attractions and feature many special privileges.

The TAT is organising activities throughout the rainy season, including the Thailand Cultural Music Festival at Pattaya beach and the Amazing Thai Taste Festival at Siam Square, Bangkok.

 

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Kurt | 17 May 2019 - 12:49:21

TAT, TAT, nonsense hahahaha. And while Thai Airways sinks deeper in red, Bangkok Airways delays new planned routes. (BangkokPost)   Oh-oh, what is tourism doing well.  Hehehe

Foot | 16 May 2019 - 18:20:45

They sure aren't coming to Phuket!

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