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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 13:50
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Thailand sees dip in hotel prices

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Two problems - first is the number of hotels. In Udon (not exactly a tourist destination), a popular soi in the centre of town had 2 hotels - now there are 6 .... also 3 more new ones just around the corner. I do not see an increase in tourists. One hotel on the ring road which i have used to put visitors up in (as fairly nice, quiet and has swimming pool) was 500 baht 6 years ago, price now - still 500 baht.

 

Second issue is the type of tourist. Friends who have visited Phuket, Pattaya etc. say indians and Chinese now make up about half the tourists. And sorry, it does make those moderately wealthy tourists (i.e. those who are not rich enough for top notch exclusive resorts but are willing to pay more for a pleasant environment) who have other options, think twice about Thailand.

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On 4/16/2019 at 10:35 PM, moonseeker said:

What is that misinformation about Chinese travelers being cheap, not spending money, only staying in low class hotels at discount rates. I suggest you go to any of the big and well known newer chain hotels along the beach, go for a sumptuous breakfast buffet and see if there are just well off Westerners. You will be surprised... Then maybe head to any of the big tourist spots in Europe. Perfect example and often in the news lately is Switzerland which is overrun by Chinese and Asians paying top $ for any attraction they visit and buying not just one but 5 or 10 watches, most of us could not afford. A friend quadrupled his staff in Luzern and Interlaken shops and makes a killing. A Singapore investigate report, sorry can't find the name as was on Asia News, sets daily average expenditures per Chinese visitor at 425 $. Obviously Pattaya might not attract the top travelers, looking around i see a majority of Westerners probably are also not the creme de la creme. TH will continue doing well if politics calm down and will not starve because of the white men missing. Just wished it was like 20 years ago... MS>

There is 'slight' difference.

 

Sure the midlevel Chinese can spend $425 a day - because their holiday is usually 3-5 days.

The midlevel westerners come for 2-12 weeks and so they can't spend $425 but spend way more overall.

 

The Chinese spend large amount in big malls and supermarkets because everything in China is risk of being unsafe or/and fake. The money goes directly to the billionaires families of Thailand.

The westerners spend the money in mom-and-pop/small/medium size businesses because the stuff in malls are more expensive than back home where you also get warranty.

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Perhaps it is the festival, who wants to come here to be soaked? On the other hand I see far more hotels than are required by numbers coming, the market is bringing the prices down.

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2 hours ago, AtoZ said:

The Chinese spend large amount in big malls and supermarkets because everything in China is risk of being unsafe or/and fake. The money goes directly to the billionaires families of Thailand.

The westerners spend the money in mom-and-pop/small/medium size businesses because the stuff in malls are more expensive than back home where you also get warranty.

There are no warranties on products sold in Thailand malls including computers?

 

Is this correct?

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