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


Jonathan Fairfield

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The Chinese are TAT dream tourists.

 

They come for 1 or 2 weeks, spend more than western tourists, they don't make trouble, and they go home again, all orderly and well dressed.

 

Compare that to the image of western tourists, and you can see why we have become somewhat less desirable.

 

...and the tourist migration has only just begun. Tourism and hospitality sector can clearly see the writing on the wall. If I was in that sector I'd either cater for Chinese, or I'd cater exclusively for western tourism...but trying to cater to all tourists will fail. Pick a side.

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4 minutes ago, DLock said:

The Chinese are TAT dream tourists.

 

They come for 1 or 2 weeks, spend more than western tourists, they don't make trouble, and they go home again, all orderly and well dressed.

 

Compare that to the image of western tourists, and you can see why we have become somewhat less desirable.

 

...and the tourist migration has only just begun. Tourism and hospitality sector can clearly see the writing on the wall. If I was in that sector I'd either cater for Chinese, or I'd cater exclusively for western tourism...but trying to cater to all tourists will fail. Pick a side.

 

According to the TAT, they don't.

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6 minutes ago, DLock said:

If I was in that sector I'd either cater for Chinese, or I'd cater exclusively for western tourism...but trying to cater to all tourists will fail. Pick a side.

I believe some are trying to straddle the two by offering separate areas for the Chinese to eat in. Presumably they find our eating habits overly refined.

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5 minutes ago, Benroon said:

I can honestly say in all the years I've either been visiting or living here I have never had a Chinese gawp at me ? - Bizarre !

Hmmmm before i reply this i first need see ur real profile picture.

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6 minutes ago, DLock said:

 

Did you read the article?

yes, i did? Did you? No mention of TAT sources in there.

 

According to TAT and Mastercard: Russia, USA, UK, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY account for 29% of spendings in there alone, and that excludes Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, France and co

 

Source: https://www.tatnews.org/2018/11/thailand-leads-asia-in-international-visitors-spending-unwto-report/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Thailand

 


You can calculate the spending per visitor urself using these 2 sources.

 

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Not to mention the India tourist numbers which are going up by 500k to 1mil per year.

 

This includes the three guys who share one Chang in Rainbow 2 to the family that charters a flight to fly in guests to a hotel in Samui they book all up plus a troupe of elephants for a daughter's wedding, and about 5 mil more in between.

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11 minutes ago, Kieran00001 said:

38 million tourists, really?  Anyone noticed them around their way?

I was at "The White Temple" in Chiang Rai the other day, a major tourist attraction. There was a steady stream of busses arriving, and disgorging Chinese tour groups. They all moved together through the temple complex, threw a coin in the wishing well, rang the bells, walked through the buildings, and back onto the bus, curtains drawn and off to the next venue.

 

There may well be 38 million of them, but they don't have anything to do with normal society here.

 

As an aside, I have never seen so much garish sweaty polyester!

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1 hour ago, Justgrazing said:

Yea but how much of that went on fixing up sick Buffalo ..

0 I would think never see any of them on Soi 4 except passing by in the bus. A friend who works Soi4  says the farang tourist are down every year.

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2 hours ago, NotYourBusiness said:

Another humbling graphic (only 20 years away):

 

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As the chinese get richer ( graph ) will they want to travel further, EU, USA etc and will that change the numbers coming to Thailand? Or will there still be lots of first timers to come here.

An interesting point, to me anyway, is what % of chinese tourists are repeat visitors?

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46 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

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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😃

Wrong, we whiteys lost our star status amongst the Chinese about eight years ago.

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2 hours ago, otherstuff1957 said:

So, what do they buy?  They go to the high-end stores on Suk and buy brand-name stuff.

Most of it made in China, either genuine or fake.

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