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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by StevePIraq » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:17 pm

buksida wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:47 am
Just an observation but recently flew in from a connection in the middle east to Swampy and there were about 60 people on the plane, and about half of them were Thais. I know its low season but its the first time I've flown into Bangkok on an empty international flight!
One must remember Qatar Airlines flights from Doha, Qatar are now going direct to Pattaya and also Phuket, this could be a reason why so few going to BKK. I don't know if other airlines are doing the same.
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by buksida » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:52 am

If they're actually admitting arrivals are down now things must be serious ...

Collapse in China arrivals imperils target

Chinese arrivals in Thailand this year are expected to drop for the first time in a decade, with the plunge causing the country's tourism growth to miss its target.

The situation in other foreign markets for the remainder of the year is not much better, heightening concern among tourism operators such as Ittirit Kinglake, president of Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).

He said that if Chinese arrivals do not bounce back this year, it will mark the first decline in this market since 2009. Arrivals from China represent about a quarter of international tourists in Thailand each year.

Other markets such as the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Americas are also weakening, making the government's target of 37-38 million arrivals this year a stretch, Mr Ittirit said.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/to ... ils-target
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Re: Thailand tourist slump continues

Post by buksida » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:34 pm

Just spent ten days or so on the road visiting six different provinces in the south, two of which are tourist spots (Ao Nang and Khao Lak).

Some observations...

Most of the hotels were running at around 30% occupancy and room rates are very cheap at the moment (less than a thousand baht to stay in a four star resort). The only really busy places were targeted at Thais and full at weekends, virtually no farangs at these places.

The touristy spots (Railey beach, Ao Nang etc) were a little busier but nowhere near the numbers that TAT claim are coming here (over 100,000 per day). Yes the majority were Chinese, followed by Russians - very few Europeans. Bars were virtually all empty, restaurants at about 25% capacity on average in the evenings.

At non touristy spots (Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phattalung, Ranong) there were no farangs at all, it was like being here 20 years ago when the kids would stare and point at the white man!

Those in the industry I spoke to said it was the worst year they had ever experienced. Granted, October is still technically the low season and things will obviously be busier in January.
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