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Less Europeans coming to Thailand than expected in July admit AOT

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Less Europeans coming to Thailand than expected in July admit AOT

 

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The Airports Authority of Thailand announced figures that showed less tourists using Thai airports than expected in July.

 

While there was still an increase of 4% on the previous year it was a blip in the trend that has seen an average 9% extra usage per month since the start of the year.

 

Nitinai Sirisamatkarn, a senior manager at Airports of Thailand Public Co Ltd, was quick to say that the downturn had nothing to do with Chinese people cancelling their holidays.

 

Many in the tourism sector fear the boat accident in Phuket was affecting tourism.

 

Nitinai said that the reason was less arrivals of European visitors on long haul routes into Suvarabhumi.

 

The AOT would discuss the reasons behind this in August, he said.

 

He was still upbeat saying that it would still be a record breaking year with the October to December high season expected to boost figures.

 

There are expected to be 135 million users of Thai airports this year.

 

Since the start of the year there have been 71 million airport users with Suvarnabhumi accounting for 31 million, Don Muang 20 million and Phuket 9 million.

 

In the last nine months there have been 61.2 million foreigners using Thai airports - a rise of 25.11 per cent Thai TV CHannel 7 quoted Nitinai as saying.

 

Source: Channel 7

 
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I don't think for one moment T.A.T ,would admit that.

regards worgeordie

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There must be a simple explaination for this, right? I just had it on my tounge, but it seems like it slipped away like the tourists.

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42 minutes ago, webfact said:

Nitinai said that the reason was less arrivals of European visitors on long haul routes into Suvarabhumi.

 

The AOT would discuss the reasons behind this in August, he said.

 

It's pretty bloody obvious really.

 

Thailand:

Weather - unpredictable. 

Sea - polluted and dangerous

Flight price - Expensive

 

Europe (talking about Mediterranean resorts here):

Weather - hot and sunny

Sea - warm and swimmable

Flight - cheap

 

They're the basics. The only advantage Thailand has at this time of the year is on price of accommodation and food. And it has nothing to do with the Chinese boat disaster!

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A local GH operator I have know for years says matter of fact'lly; euro tourist numbers have dropped for the last 6 years.  And that was after another drop back in 02/05

This for CM 

If TAT is actually admitting it, likely it is so visible the usual window dressing and eyewash are not working.

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

 

Nitinai Sirisamatkarn, a senior manager at Airports of Thailand Public Co Ltd, was quick to say that the downturn had nothing to do with Chinese people cancelling their holidays.

Deny, deny, deny...

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Are the International World Class resorts losing their family charm?

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Grammar error: It should be *fewer* rather than *less* Europeans. Few/fewer for countable nouns, less for uncountables.

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Thai expectation of foreigners is always HIGH???

Tourism might suffer if other countries near by develop fast. Therefore ,Thailand must have a back up plan?

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In the last nine months there have been 61.2 million foreigners using Thai airports

And 61.2 million arrival/departure cards. What a monumental waste. 

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21 minutes ago, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

And 61.2 million arrival/departure cards. What a monumental waste. 

Not if you have the printing contract.

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1 hour ago, Mickmouse1 said:

Thai expectation of foreigners is always HIGH???

Tourism might suffer if other countries near by develop fast. Therefore ,Thailand must have a back up plan?

A what?

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2 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Are the International World Class resorts losing their family charm?

You mean like the family friendly "Pattaya"

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"Less Europeans coming to Thailand than expected in July admit AOT"

 

"Nitinai said that the reason was less arrivals of European visitors on long haul routes into Suvarabhumi."

 

So am I understanding this, the reason for less European tourists is that less of them are arriving.

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