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Where are the Europeans? Hua Hin/Cha Am tourism officials urged to look elsewhere for next wave of tourists

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6 hours ago, sfokevin said:

Someone at this meeting should have stood up and told the TAT cronies that f$#@ing with the retirement visa rules caused the loss of farrang community and this is just the beginning of the exudus... :coffee1:

It was a tourist authority meeting.

 

Nothing to do with the old grannies.

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2 hours ago, WalkingOrders said:

Regarding Expats vs Tourists and spending. I am not sure if this group is counting long term expat retirees as tourists or not, but I look at the spending of each like this: An expat retiree - either has a lump somewhere or gets a Gov check every month. He never runs out of money, or he leaves.  He spends his monthly check in a month - month after month (all of it) for years until death. A tourist spends one monthly check in a week, one time, and goes home, and if he was not treated properly will never become an expat, and most likely will never come back at all. All because he had a tiny little argument with a cab driver trying to rip him off by not turning on the meter, or the beach was closed for sewage, or a pack of dogs chased him down the street. It's the little things.

Yes but 39m tourists (halve it if you don't believe the numbers) x one monthly cheque against 250k x 12 x monthly cheque only produces one winner.

 

You see?

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1 hour ago, saengd said:

Try this:

 

Average tourist spends 6, 250 baht per day for an average eleven days per year.

 

Average retiree expat spends 1,500 baht per day for 365 days per year.

 

Tell us again that retiree spending is a pittance!

Sigh.....

 

How many tourists v how many retirees?

 

Retiree spending is a pittance, ok?

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2 hours ago, worgeordie said:

getting a online visa

This is a big problem right now.

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10 minutes ago, saengd said:

"A study carried out by the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University using data from 2010, suggested that there were approximately 440,000 expats living in Thailand, which included 141,000 Chinese, 85,000 Brits, 80,000 Japanese, 46,000 Indians, 40,000 Americans, 24,000 Germans and 23,000 French"

https://news.thaivisa.com/article/38177/the-mystery-of-exactly-how-many-expats-live-in-thailand

 

Multiply by average 60,000 Baht per month (midpoint between 40k and 80k Immi. visa requirement)

 

440,000 x 60,000 baht x 12 months =  THB 316.8 bill. or USD 10.6 bill. almost 3% of GDP!

 

Some pittance!

 

 

 

...Jul 28, 2019

Than include in your calculations for each retiree 3-4 of their overseas visitors who on average would stay 2 months? on a 75000 bht a month basis..Anyway what’s the economical advantage for this country of having less foreigner retirees ?

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