Thailand expects 4m Chinese tourists in 2013

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Chinese-tourists1More than four million Chinese tourists will likely visit Thailand for the whole year since a total of 3.2 million have already visited the kingdom in the first eight months of this year, according to Thailand’s Department of Tourism (DoT).

This is about 16 per cent of the 25 million tourists expected for 2013. Favoured places in Thailand for Chinese tourists include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

The current total of Chinese arrivals represents a whopping 88 percent increase from the same period in 2012.

The DoT said the Thai government would soon launch what it calls a “shopping paradise” campaign to attract more Chinese tourists to go shopping during their stay in Thailand. For that reason, transportation and accommodations, ranging from services at Suvarnabhumi International Airport to tour buses, taxis and hotels would be “conveniently provided” for the Chinese tourists.

Other foreign visitors to Thailand during the eight-month period included 1.9 million Malaysians, one million Russians and one million Japanese, according to the DoT report.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Surapon Svetasreni earlier said his agency will focus on high-end markets in China and Russia. To lure more Chinese visitors, the TAT will open this month its new office in China’s Guangzhou City, in addition to those already in place in Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing. The TAT said it will step up its tourist promotion campaign in these cities.

Chinese tourists, who are sometimes known for their rude behaviour abroad, have just been issued with guidelines how not to offend people in host countries.

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More than four million Chinese tourists will likely visit Thailand for the whole year since a total of 3.2 million have already visited the kingdom in the first eight months of this year, according to Thailand's Department of Tourism (DoT). This is about 16 per cent of the 25 million tourists expected for 2013. Favoured places in Thailand for Chinese tourists include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. The current total of Chinese arrivals represents a whopping 88 percent increase from the same period in 2012. The DoT said the Thai government would soon launch what it calls a "shopping...

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Chinese-tourists1More than four million Chinese tourists will likely visit Thailand for the whole year since a total of 3.2 million have already visited the kingdom in the first eight months of this year, according to Thailand’s Department of Tourism (DoT).

This is about 16 per cent of the 25 million tourists expected for 2013. Favoured places in Thailand for Chinese tourists include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

The current total of Chinese arrivals represents a whopping 88 percent increase from the same period in 2012.

The DoT said the Thai government would soon launch what it calls a “shopping paradise” campaign to attract more Chinese tourists to go shopping during their stay in Thailand. For that reason, transportation and accommodations, ranging from services at Suvarnabhumi International Airport to tour buses, taxis and hotels would be “conveniently provided” for the Chinese tourists.

Other foreign visitors to Thailand during the eight-month period included 1.9 million Malaysians, one million Russians and one million Japanese, according to the DoT report.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Surapon Svetasreni earlier said his agency will focus on high-end markets in China and Russia. To lure more Chinese visitors, the TAT will open this month its new office in China’s Guangzhou City, in addition to those already in place in Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing. The TAT said it will step up its tourist promotion campaign in these cities.

Chinese tourists, who are sometimes known for their rude behaviour abroad, have just been issued with guidelines how not to offend people in host countries.

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