Thai tourism numbers stagnating

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Khao-San-RoadInternational tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a razor-thin growth of 0.06 per cent in January 2014, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports released on February 17. The data show 2,319,821 visits to the country in the first month of the year compared to 2,318,447 visits during the same month in 2013. The near stagnating figures were attributed to the ongoing protests in the Thai capital Bangkok since November 2013.

Europe, the Americas and Africa still showed a positive growth, while East Asia (ASEAN included), South Asia, Oceania and the Middle East recorded declines.

Africa posted the highest growth with 25.04 per cent to 14,810 visits in the first month. The main market South Africa increased 51.58 per cent to 7,932. Europe followed in second place with an improvement of 9.07 per cent to 825,928 visits. Some markets showed a decline: Sweden (-8.42 per cent); Denmark (-7.08 per cent); Germany (-4.61 per cent); Norway (-3.19 per cent); Finland (-0.78 per cent); and Austria (-0.41 per cent).

The Americas recorded a 7.23 per cent increase to 126,190 visits. The US posted the highest arrivals at 85,280 growing 5.15 per cent, followed by Canada (26,079; +4.33 per cent), Brazil (5,257; +36.12 per cent), and Argentina (3,481, +0.20 per cent).

East Asia (ASEAN included) recorded a 5.05 per cent decrease to 1,126,003 visits. Middle East markets declined 6.83 per cent 42,821 visits. South Asia declined 10.72 per cent to 94,679 visits.

In addition, the tourism ministry reported international tourists to Thailand, at the country’s gateways Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports decreased 5.11 per cent to 1,449,092 visits.

Forecasts for the whole year are cautious. While 26 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in 2013, which generated $51.5 billion of income for Thailand – around 7 per cent of GDP -, the ministry expects the number of foreign tourists to drop between 10 and 12 per cent in 2014 in case political rallies won’t stop within the first quarter of 2014.

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International tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a razor-thin growth of 0.06 per cent in January 2014, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports released on February 17. The data show 2,319,821 visits to the country in the first month of the year compared to 2,318,447 visits during the same month in 2013. The near stagnating figures were attributed to the ongoing protests in the Thai capital Bangkok since November 2013.

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Khao-San-RoadInternational tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a razor-thin growth of 0.06 per cent in January 2014, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports released on February 17. The data show 2,319,821 visits to the country in the first month of the year compared to 2,318,447 visits during the same month in 2013. The near stagnating figures were attributed to the ongoing protests in the Thai capital Bangkok since November 2013.

Europe, the Americas and Africa still showed a positive growth, while East Asia (ASEAN included), South Asia, Oceania and the Middle East recorded declines.

Africa posted the highest growth with 25.04 per cent to 14,810 visits in the first month. The main market South Africa increased 51.58 per cent to 7,932. Europe followed in second place with an improvement of 9.07 per cent to 825,928 visits. Some markets showed a decline: Sweden (-8.42 per cent); Denmark (-7.08 per cent); Germany (-4.61 per cent); Norway (-3.19 per cent); Finland (-0.78 per cent); and Austria (-0.41 per cent).

The Americas recorded a 7.23 per cent increase to 126,190 visits. The US posted the highest arrivals at 85,280 growing 5.15 per cent, followed by Canada (26,079; +4.33 per cent), Brazil (5,257; +36.12 per cent), and Argentina (3,481, +0.20 per cent).

East Asia (ASEAN included) recorded a 5.05 per cent decrease to 1,126,003 visits. Middle East markets declined 6.83 per cent 42,821 visits. South Asia declined 10.72 per cent to 94,679 visits.

In addition, the tourism ministry reported international tourists to Thailand, at the country’s gateways Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports decreased 5.11 per cent to 1,449,092 visits.

Forecasts for the whole year are cautious. While 26 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in 2013, which generated $51.5 billion of income for Thailand – around 7 per cent of GDP -, the ministry expects the number of foreign tourists to drop between 10 and 12 per cent in 2014 in case political rallies won’t stop within the first quarter of 2014.

Arrivals in Jan 2014.xls

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