Thai tourism starts to feel impact from riots

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tourist at riotsStreet protests in Bangkok over the past weeks and a still tense situation on who will rule the country in the future have finally taken their toll on the tourism industry. According to official figures, around 1 million tourists – 400,000 foreign and 600,000 domestic – did not travel to or within Thailand as planned since the end of November.

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism Ministry reported that foreign arrivals at Bangkok’s two international airports fell by 15 in the first week of December compared with the same period last year. And the country’s Association of Domestic Travel reported that Thailand has missed out on $125 million worth of tourist revenue in the same period in the high season around Christmas and New Year.

More than 30 countries had issued travel warnings, among them important tourism source countries such as China, as well as many European countries. Adding to this, China’s new tourism law has clamped down on “substandard” outbound tour packages which resulted in a 30 per cent in arrivals from China, the country with the largest share of tourists in Thailand.

However, while Thailand might not be able to reach its ambitious tourism arrival target of about 24.5 million in 2013, it still saw a growth of about 20 per cent this year. The forecast for 2015 remains at 28 million.

 

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Street protests in Bangkok over the past weeks and a still tense situation on who will rule the country in the future have finally taken their toll on the tourism industry. According to official figures, around 1 million tourists – 400,000 foreign and 600,000 domestic – did not travel to or within Thailand as planned since the end of November.

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tourist at riotsStreet protests in Bangkok over the past weeks and a still tense situation on who will rule the country in the future have finally taken their toll on the tourism industry. According to official figures, around 1 million tourists – 400,000 foreign and 600,000 domestic – did not travel to or within Thailand as planned since the end of November.

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism Ministry reported that foreign arrivals at Bangkok’s two international airports fell by 15 in the first week of December compared with the same period last year. And the country’s Association of Domestic Travel reported that Thailand has missed out on $125 million worth of tourist revenue in the same period in the high season around Christmas and New Year.

More than 30 countries had issued travel warnings, among them important tourism source countries such as China, as well as many European countries. Adding to this, China’s new tourism law has clamped down on “substandard” outbound tour packages which resulted in a 30 per cent in arrivals from China, the country with the largest share of tourists in Thailand.

However, while Thailand might not be able to reach its ambitious tourism arrival target of about 24.5 million in 2013, it still saw a growth of about 20 per cent this year. The forecast for 2015 remains at 28 million.

 

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