Growing number of Chinese tourists expected to visit Thailand this year

Tourism February 01, 2019 16:22

By The Nation

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The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand is expected to continue growing this year, according to Kasikorn Research.



In a press release issued on Friday, the firm said 325,000 Chinese tourists are expected during the coming Chinese New Year season, thanks to stronger marketing by government and private sectors, as well as lower fees for visa on arrival.

“However, the challenge lies in the Chinese economy, growing international competition and varying tourist behaviour make the tourism market more complex, and it would be a challenge to maintain high growth levels,” the research firm said.

It stated that in 2019, 10.80 to 10.99 million Chinese tourists are expected to visit Thailand (up 2.5 to 4.4 per cent compared to 2018).

This year spending by Chinese tourists in Thailand is expected to grow by as much as 5 per cent to over Bt600 billion.