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Why the Chinese are infinitely more important than Western tourists to Thailand

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The article is from January 2018. Did the number of Chinese passport holders go up to 15% at least?

 

 

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As mentioned, tourist arrival figures are largely meaningless as a retired expat who lives here permanently and supports a house and car and family counts for exactly the same as a Chinaman who is just here for a weekend on a zero-dollar tour.

 

What is really important is the total spend per tourist, and what they spend it on. But I wonder how many Thais understand that?

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3 minutes ago, Benroon said:

It would need to get to below zero here for your 5 inches to come close to winning - I also have a humungous waving one armed Faberge designer cat !!

 

I would bring out their cheeky side by reminding them if they were my big toe I would bang them on every piece of furniture !!

 

 

Watch it, them's fighting words, Ben.

 

I meant 5 inches more than the 3 they are used to.

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1 hour ago, Bang Bang said:

Now, Suvarnabhumi I can sit at a coffee shop and there's a 5 min. gap between sightings of Westerners in a place milling with brown/yellow skin tone.

I got that impression at CW the other day.

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That’s true Look around at the 7/11 or at the big c..

White guys with only  2 Leo beer cans and some deodorant. Chinese usually with  2 or 3 baskets totally full with stuff.

However i do think Chinese like visiting Thailand because they can see many farangs here but if we are all getting forced out of Thailand then Thailand looses its farang feature thus dissatisfied Chinese😃

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It may be the sheer numbers allow what are currently SME mom n pop businesses to scale up to a size whereby they are attractive to big business.

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