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Americans May Pass Brits, Russians in Visits to Thailand: Chart
Lee J Miller

BANGKOK: -- The U.K. could be dethroned by the U.S. as Thailand’s top tourist source from outside Asia after the Brexit vote triggered a plunge in the pound.

The U.K. sent 947,000 visitors to Thailand in 2015, the most among Western nations, topping Russia, whose citizens cut travel after the ruble’s collapse started in 2014.

With the dollar outperforming the pound, ruble and so-called Aussie the past year, Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai may see more Americans.

Full story: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-01/americans-may-pass-brits-russians-in-visits-to-thailand-chart

-- Bloomberg 2016-07-01

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Well thanks for spoiling breakfast!

You have something against americans?

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Heh...'more 'Merkins can only improve the culteral milieu. smile.png

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Thailand lost it's amazing appeal years ago. British tourists are visiting countries where the grass is greener on the other side.

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so what ! Is this going to change anyone's lives knowing this piece information. crazy.gif

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If my advance bookings are anything to go by, the Russians will be back in their droves next season.

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They think a 10% wobble in the value of a quid is going to make people cancel their trip to Thailand? <deleted>. That's just more psychological fear-mongering.

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"The U.K. could be dethroned by the U.S. as Thailand’s top tourist source..."

More Americans? Well, that defeats the main reason most American expats are living in Thailand.

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S'funny how this statement comes out the same time the U.S. drop Thailand's Tier 3 status..now it must be assumed that a stronger dollar, & less risk of any of them being enslaved on Thai trawlers (that are ironocally catching fish to supply Walmart over there) will make them queue up to book a holiday here.

It's a long flight over here for them too. (Greece & Turkey have some great holiday-deals on just now)..555!

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Heh...'more 'Merkins can only improve the culteral milieu. smile.png

And for those unfamiliar with the term , a "merkin" is a pubic wig ( fashionable in C 18th) as well as being the first name of a fictional US president ( Merkin Muffley in Dr Strangelove). Friday trivia quiz.

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"The U.K. could be dethroned by the U.S. as Thailands top tourist source..."

More Americans? Well, that defeats the main reason most American expats are living in Thailand.

^^^^

This.

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As an American, with a keen insight into the travel thinking of "Bubba", I would guess that international travel by Americans is up in many places, not just Thailand. Two reasons:

1. Baby Boomers, the largest cohort of the US population, are retiring in droves; they have above average wealth, and they want to travel before they kick the bucket

2. The US economy has steadily improved since 2010; not dramatically, but well enough to give people some confidence with their discretionary spending

US Travel destinations in 2015:

Mexico 28.2 million

Europe 12.6

Canada 12.5

Caribbean 7.6

Asia 4.8

As reported above, Thailand about 0.8 million US visitors.

Plenty of potential to be overrun with Yanks. wai.gif

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I like it fine working here in BKK, but no way I'd make the 30-40 hour (each way) trek for a holiday when there's so much to see and do within a 2-3 hour flight.

Havana, anyone?

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Well thanks for spoiling breakfast!

LOL cheesy.gif

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