Thailand’s tourism could benefit from US-China trade spat, officials say

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Thailand’s tourism sector is expected to get a windfall from the ongoing China-US trade war as tourists from the mainland shorten their long-haul journeys to visit closer destinations instead.

According to the Bangkok Post, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is monitoring if Beijing will move to block Chinese tourists from making trips to the US. If this happens, Thailand’s tourism sector will make a move.

However, China has yet to announce if it will prohibit its residents to travel to the US just like it did when it had tensions with Japan and South Korea.

Five cities in China are already the target of promotional efforts by TAT, namely Kunming, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing. It is expected that TAT offices in these cities will further promote Thai tourist spots at this critical era wherein both China and the US refuse to back down.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn noted that data compiled by the mentioned TAT branches suggest trade disputes with the White House have kept Chinese travelers from planning trips outside of Asia.

“These factors may slow down decision-making for overseas trips and tourism spending,” Yuthasak pointed out. The ultimate goal is to attract visitors from China to engage in tourism events in Thailand to boost the tourism sector as a whole.

Despite potential competition from other Asian rivals, Thailand is still a viable choice for many Chinese travelers. In 2018, around 10.5 million tourists from China visited Thailand and industry analysts are expecting the numbers to grew further this year, especially if the trade war doesn’t reach a conclusion, even though the first quarter showed a slight drop in Chinese visitors.

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Thailand's tourism sector is expected to get a windfall from the ongoing China-US trade war as tourists from the mainland shorten their long-haul journeys to visit closer destinations instead. According to the Bangkok Post, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is monitoring if Beijing will move to block Chinese tourists from making trips to the US. If this happens, Thailand's tourism sector will make a move. However, China has yet to announce if it will prohibit its residents to travel to the US just like it did when it had tensions with Japan and South Korea. Five cities in China...

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Thailand’s tourism sector is expected to get a windfall from the ongoing China-US trade war as tourists from the mainland shorten their long-haul journeys to visit closer destinations instead.

According to the Bangkok Post, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is monitoring if Beijing will move to block Chinese tourists from making trips to the US. If this happens, Thailand’s tourism sector will make a move.

However, China has yet to announce if it will prohibit its residents to travel to the US just like it did when it had tensions with Japan and South Korea.

Five cities in China are already the target of promotional efforts by TAT, namely Kunming, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing. It is expected that TAT offices in these cities will further promote Thai tourist spots at this critical era wherein both China and the US refuse to back down.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn noted that data compiled by the mentioned TAT branches suggest trade disputes with the White House have kept Chinese travelers from planning trips outside of Asia.

“These factors may slow down decision-making for overseas trips and tourism spending,” Yuthasak pointed out. The ultimate goal is to attract visitors from China to engage in tourism events in Thailand to boost the tourism sector as a whole.

Despite potential competition from other Asian rivals, Thailand is still a viable choice for many Chinese travelers. In 2018, around 10.5 million tourists from China visited Thailand and industry analysts are expecting the numbers to grew further this year, especially if the trade war doesn’t reach a conclusion, even though the first quarter showed a slight drop in Chinese visitors.

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