Thai Tourism Drops In October As Chinese Tourists Stay Away

From the many Kanchanaburi resort to the luxury hotels in Bangkok, Thailand is feeling a drop in visits, as the Chinese tourists usually arrive in droves, and account for the largest tourism revenue for the Kingdom, have lowered travel to the country. Reportedly, Thailand welcomed 2.71 million visitors in October, a year-on-year drop of 0.51%.

Nevertheless, the Chinese do remain as the largest and highest-spending group of foreign arrivals in Thailand.

Chinese tourist arrivals accost for the largest group of visitors back in October, followed by Malaysians, the Lao, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, the US, Cambodia, and, finally, Singapore.

According to Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Permanent Secretary Pongpau Svetarundra that of the 2.71 million foreign arrivals into Thailand, 65% or 1.85 million were from East Asia, while smaller numbers came from South Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He attributes the drop in total arrivals to the country to the fall off in Chinese tourism.

In October, about 646,000 Chinese tourisms travelled to Thailand, a drop of 19.8% from the same time last year, spending 34.6 billion baht, down by 16.5% from the same time in 2017.

Despite the drop, the tourism industry, from many a Kanchanaburi resort to the hotels in the capital breathed a very slight sigh of relief as overall tourism income across the country went up by 0.66%. The biggest spenders are from the following countries, in order of highest to lowest:

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • The US
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Britain
  • Australia
  • Laos and India

Full year-to-date figures were also a beacon of hope, increasing over the same period as with last year. From January to October 9.2 million Chinese tourists visited the country, spending a total of 495 billion baht. The total number of visitors during the same time period amounted to a total of 31.25 million visitors, which is a 7.84% increase. Total spending done by visitors in January to October 2018 hit a total of 1.63 trillion baht, which is an increase of 9.98% from the same time in 2017.