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Thailand Tourist Arrivals To Hit 20 Million This Year

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Urgent issues to be dealt with to reach both objectives include illegal taxis and jet ski problems in the resort island of Phuket

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You can believe what you like and of course, the incoming tourists have more choices in hotels, bars and restaurants than they had 20 years ago.

But no matter if you have 10 hotels, 100 hotels or 1000 hotels...every tour-operator or groundhandling agent who is not lieing to you (or themselves) will tell you the same thing: decrease in numbers! Last year and the beginning of this year (thanks to the excellent handeling of the flood situation >attention: sarcasm!<) the numbers were on a low and >yes< they are picking up now. But it is not hard to be going up from a record low!

I believe the numbers were up 20% last year ... pretty much the opposite of coming off a record low.

As I said: believe what you like.

And if you actually believe any numbers, issued by official Thai- authorities, I guess this conversation (as many with you) will end right here!

I tend to believe what is based on fact and not negative views of folks who seem to want to spend their days promoting pessimistic views that go against all facts and figures and believe vast conspiricies are going on between border agents, TAT, other countries, hotel chains, construction companies and the airlines all to falsely claim tourist numbers continue to go up when in fact businesses are failing left and right ... and of course the reason for such a conspiracy is the farang understanding of what losing face means.

The reality is tourism was up last year significantly despite your claims to the contrary and tourism in Thailand continues to increase at a good pace and this trend has been going on for many years.There is just no rational way to dispute this.

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my guess, if you want 2 trillion in revenue for 20 million people, they have to spend an average of 100.000 baht per person

but i could be wrong off course

so a family of 4 would be spending here, flights not included, 400.000 baht or 10.000 euros or 13.000 dollars US

You shouldn't get too wrappped up into numbers in an article like this that doesn't provide details and the details is does you are ignoring or missing. First of all the 2 trillion is the goal for 2015. The current year is 2012 with an expectation of 20 Million Visitors. There is no mention of how many visitors are expected in 2015. There is also no mention if the 2015 revenue goal is for foreign tourists only or if this is all tourism that accounts for a good portion of total tourism. You also have completely decided to throw out airfare from the equation when all airlines pay fees and taxes and many people arrive on Thai carriers as well as take flights while in country. You also are not considering the average stay in Thailand. There was a thread a few months back that did give some break down in terms of average stay as well as average dollars spent that I believe may have also been broken down by what country the tourist came from.

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The tourists in the top 10 for international visitors to Thailand in 2011 were from:

  • Malaysia (2.47 million)
  • China (1.76 million)
  • Japan (1.12 million)
  • Russia (1,014,493)
  • South Korea (1,014,292)
  • India (916,787)
  • Laos (887,677)
  • Australia, (854,064)
  • Great Britain (844,221)
  • United States (684,073)

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hi I landed he on august 4 and for the time no lines at passport control 20 million tourist no way. then I went to nana

and not many tourist there was like a ghost town

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The tourists in the top 10 for international visitors to Thailand in 2011 were from:

  • Malaysia (2.47 million)
  • China (1.76 million)
  • Japan (1.12 million)
  • Russia (1,014,493)
  • South Korea (1,014,292)
  • India (916,787)
  • Laos (887,677)
  • Australia, (854,064)
  • Great Britain (844,221)
  • United States (684,073)

yep, the Malaysia males pushing the statistics always. With their 'short' visits in the southern provinces.

That's not news

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pretty challenging figure of 20 million pax arrivals, not sure what last yr. arrival count was, lets say 15 mio., then it equates to

a 25% increase over 2011. Considering the flood inundation last year, possibly the tourists who cancelled last year are

making the trip - especially in Q4.

I would think 2013 will be ever more challenging for Thailand as Myanmar has opened up and many airlines are now re-instating direct

flights there. I read today's JapanTimes newspaper and it mentioned that ANA - all nippon airways has re-instated direct flights

into Myanmar after a 12 yr. hiatus.

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hi I landed he on august 4 and for the time no lines at passport control 20 million tourist no way. then I went to nana

and not many tourist there was like a ghost town

Yea i was at Royal Cliff Beach Resort Pattaya around 2 weeks ago and the place was empty ... There were also a few Indians there too but a load of bus's for Thais i also looked outside my friends condo and around the hotel was like a ghost town .. plus tourists declined is about 17.92% due to the floods but i would say more ..

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The tourists in the top 10 for international visitors to Thailand in 2011 were from:

  • Malaysia (2.47 million)
  • China (1.76 million)
  • Japan (1.12 million)
  • Russia (1,014,493)
  • South Korea (1,014,292)
  • India (916,787)
  • Laos (887,677)
  • Australia, (854,064)
  • Great Britain (844,221)
  • United States (684,073)

yep, the Malaysia males pushing the statistics always. With their 'short' visits in the southern provinces.

That's not news

I could not agree more with you on that ..

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From a Phuket perspective.

On the surface it does look like tourist numbers are down and it is almost certainly the case for traditional tourists: Brits, Germans, Scandinavians and Australians.

But where the real difference lies is in the low season numbers. Big hotels used to be practically empty from May until October. Now they have much higher occupancy rates due to the influx of Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Russians and people from the Middle East.

There are dozens of tour buses on the roads at the moment with no discernible difference between low and high season. Their expenditure is different. The groups above, especially the Asians, don't spend in bars, they don't eat in local tourist based restaurants but they eat in a group in large places that specifically cater for tour groups, they shop in the souvenir shops that the tour buses take them to, many of their tours are per-paid and arranged by the tour companies so they don't spend at the local tour shops.

The tourists are here, they are just different. And it's a trend that will continue. Not good news for small business owners but great for the large scale operations, many of which are owned by the so-called elite. Yes, as always in Thailand, the rich get richer.

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From a Phuket perspective.

On the surface it does look like tourist numbers are down and it is almost certainly the case for traditional tourists: Brits, Germans, Scandinavians and Australians.

But where the real difference lies is in the low season numbers. Big hotels used to be practically empty from May until October. Now they have much higher occupancy rates due to the influx of Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Russians and people from the Middle East.

There are dozens of tour buses on the roads at the moment with no discernible difference between low and high season. Their expenditure is different. The groups above, especially the Asians, don't spend in bars, they don't eat in local tourist based restaurants but they eat in a group in large places that specifically cater for tour groups, they shop in the souvenir shops that the tour buses take them to, many of their tours are per-paid and arranged by the tour companies so they don't spend at the local tour shops.

The tourists are here, they are just different. And it's a trend that will continue. Not good news for small business owners but great for the large scale operations, many of which are owned by the so-called elite. Yes, as always in Thailand, the rich get richer.

Not only in Thailand!!

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if you believe any numbers by official Thai authorities then you believe in the rice pledging scheme and thanskin is innocent

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if you believe any numbers by official Thai authorities then you believe in the rice pledging scheme and thanskin is innocent

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