More Chinese heading to Thailand

Posted on January 21, 2013


The Tourism Council of Thailand estimates Chinese arrivals to Thailand during Chinese New Year holiday (1 to 10 February) will reach 100,000 visits and generate Bt4,200 million in tourism-related revenue.

inside-no-48TCT president, Piyaman Tejapaibul, said due to an anticipated increase in tourist arrivals during the holiday, particularly from China and Hong Kong, the government should tighten safety and security measures.

“The government should allay fears and build tourist confidence during the holiday specifically in terms of increasing safety and security.”

Accident from fire or fireworks are the top concerns, the president said.

“Delay at  airports are likely as charter flights and low-cost airlines add services to Thailand. The government needs to ensure there are enough officials on duty to handle the increase in traffic.”

The president said a bus shuttle service was needed urgently to assist passengers transferring between Bangkok’s two airports.

Meanwhile, Association of Thai Travel Agents president, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, said bookings for the upcoming Chinese New Year were increasing mainly from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“This year, Chinese citizen resident in South Korea and Vietnam are also planning to travel to Thailand, while European and Russian tourists who have been arriving since New Year will ensure hotels are packed during the Chinese New Year holiday.”

Posted in: Bangkok, Thailand