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Fewer tourists are going to Thailand because of its expensive currency

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31 minutes ago, NoBrainer said:

Fewer Tourists are coming to Thailand because it is full of Indians, Chinese & Arabs, not to mention a pretty big African brigade.

If Western Tourists wanted to mingle with those people, then they would visit their respective countries (which they do not, in any significant numbers).

 

It should be real easy for Thailand to fix this.

 

Make a list of the top 100 countries, and rate them on a scale of how rich or poor they are. Thailand will be somewhere in the middle.

 

Any country deemed Richer than Thailand, should have it's tourists welcomed with open arms, and have easy visas and free movement. Those are the tourists Thailand should be attracting.

 

Any countries deemed poorer than Thailand should have very stringent Visa Requirements, as most of the people coming from poorer countries are not tourists, they are coming here for economic gain, to work illegally or engage in other scams & crime.

 

They are not real tourists.

 

You see, it is actually simple math, it would take a year or two to implement and but the results would be nothing short of revolutionary, and take Thailand's tourist industry to the next level.

 

But as I often see here, the simple solutions are overlooked as common sense is not in abundance.

20 million Chinese came last year to work in Thailand?  Who would have thought it.

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2 minutes ago, Eligius said:

Where do TAT get their data from? It's obvious to any us who have lived here for more than a decade that they simply conjure them out of thin air. In other words: they make them up as they go along (just as all Thai officials make up any statements of 'fact' as they go along).

Thailand: Land of Make-Believe.

They do a survey of the target market giving results of plus or minus a percent or two accuracy.

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1 hour ago, lazygourmet said:

Meanwhile Thai tourists are flocking to Europe. On my last Songkran trip to Brussels the Thai Airways flight was full of upper middle class Thai families.

Loads of Asians are in Europe now, not only Thai.

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1 hour ago, madmitch said:

One moment arrivals are up, the next they're dropping!

Will we ever get any consistency from the TAT and the Tourism Ministry?

we sure do get some consistency, lying from them it's consistent

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29 minutes ago, bowerboy said:

I know that many people say sex tourists only make up a small percentage of tourists but I am not so sure that it is as small as people think.

I think the mongers changed destination almost a decade ago, when facebook destroyed the beer bar culture. Miniscule portion these days. 

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14 minutes ago, smedly said:

because there are uneducated baffoons running the country and they have absolutely no clue what they are doing, you only have to look at safety and the road accident rate - how many years have they had to improve it - 40 years of tourist billions and they have done nothing - they just can't see the big picture and prefer to stuff money into their greedy pockets than re-invest in things that are important

 

Now they are stiffing expats with stupid rules and even worse reasons for implementing them - yes we changed the rules to wipe out agents and expats paying bribes to overlook the financial requirements - that really worked didn't it - we now have an increase in agent use - go figure

 

There was nothing wrong with the rules as they existed - maybe the retention of 400k baht was not unreasonable but keeping 900k tied up in a bank account for 5 months …………. why ?

Are you sure about the amounts in your last paragraph, 'smedly'? There seem to be quite some 'differences in interpretation' of the new rules between local Immigration Police offices, but as far as I am aware of (on Friday, July 19th, 2019), here in Koh Samui, it are 800,000 on a saving account at least 3 months before asking(!) for yearly renewal, this 800,000 to be kept on that account for at least the 3 following months, and, at least 400,000 of it to be kept on that account for the 6 months left in the year. With one, next, new requisite: at every 90 days 'check', from now on a fresh(!) bank statement has to be presented to show the right balance on the saving account (how the IP controls 'the finances' of the ones with 'multiple re-entry' who spend less than 90 days per stay inside Thailand, and are then only 'checked' at the border they leave at and come back through, this last stamp giving them an automatic new 90 days legit presence...!) 

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There must be only super rich wineo's left here by now🤔 

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3 minutes ago, RtotheC said:

It's not just that the baht is strong, the prices of items in THB have risen. Try getting a drink on Sukumvit for less than 150THB. They've closed most of the small crappy (but really fun) dive bars with the cheap drinks and the bars are closing earlier than countries in the west. There's a lack of nightlife in general (let's face it, it's not what it used to be).

And what's with the random drug testing on the side of the road or mass testing during club raids?

And let's not forget police pulling over your taxi and searching all through your wallet and personal belongings. 

Then there's the lack of street food and sidewalk market stalls (you may hate them, but tourists love them because they make the place more vibrant)

 

Considering you can drink 30thb beers all night in Vietnam or Cambodia without fear of your club getting raided or being randomly drug tested on the side of the road it's no wonder tourism is slowly declining in Thailand. 

 

 

 

 

Do you really think that you represent what the average tourist is looking for?

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