2017 slumps 7% for Thai agents


BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 3,365,734 travellers, January to July this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 7.2% from 3,627,261 trips during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, late last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.

The association vice president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, said organise programmes and provide products corresponding to the state’s policy would help to boost tourism business.

“The key products should be in line with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s policy to promote gastronomy, sports tourism, marine tourism, medical and wellness, wedding and honeymoon and local way of life,” she noted.

January to July performance

Although recording a decline of 16.38%, China led all inbound markets with 1,956,131 visits for the first seven months of the year compared to 2,339,352 visits during the same period last year.

Vietnam ranked in second place with 190,578 visits increasing 22.44% from 155,644 visits.

The next top five markets were: South Korea (163,750; +69.50%); India (143,643; +20.96%); and Russia (110,110; -18.40%).

July: Suvarnabhumi performance

In July, there were 339,985 foreign tourists who travelled with association members arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It represented a drop of 2.37% from 348,222 visits during the same month last year.

China was the top source of travel agency bookings in July with 160,309 visits, but decreasing 8.41% from 175,031 visits.

Vietnam followed in second place with 30,100 visits down 8.14% from 32,768 visits during the same month last year.

India ranked third with 21,087 visits increasing 19.24% from 17,684 visits.

South Korea was fourth with 19,774 visits growing 74.65% from 11,322 visits, while Japan in fifth place, with 9,455 visits, dropped 7.48% from 10,219 visits.

The next top five markets in July were: the United Kingdom (6,604; -31.72%); Hong Kong (5,776; -30.46%); Russia (5,506; -33.81%); Taiwan (5,149; +18.89%); and Spain (3,814; +11.20%).

July: Don Mueang performance

The association also reported 189,001 tourists used member companies at Don Mueang Airport in July, increasing 11.66% from 169,272 during the same month last year.

China also topped arrivals at the second gateway recording 156,332 visits up 10.60% from 141,352 visits.

Vietnam was second with 17,022 visits, up 37.94% from 12,340 visits during the same month in 2016.

Indonesia ranked third recording 6,101 visits down 7.11% from 6,568 visits.

India in fourth place, with 3,103 visits, improved 91.07% from 1,624. South Korea in fifth place with a growth of 116.11% with 1,368 visits compared to 633 visits last year.

The next top five markets in July were: Japan (1,368; -11.68%); Malaysia (1,173; -47.11%); Myanmar (512; +20.47%); the United States (178; +125.32%); and the UK (178; -50.42%).

Top 10 source markets for ATTA agents January to July 2017 at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports


  1. Your Headline is misleading- you should restate Thai Agents as Inbound Thai Operators- since your analysis excludes all FIT travellers who have booked through an agent but are taking a taxi or Citilink into Bangkok. We ofetn have trouble to distinguish in Thai between the word Travel Agent and Tour Operator, in English it is an easy distinction.

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