BANGKOK, 22 September 2017: China continues to dominate Thailand’s inbound tourist arrivals chart as the country enjoyed a bumper August with 3,133,411 visits up 8.6% on August 2016.
August was the fourth month, this year, that saw arrivals exceed 3 million, the second highest after January when visits reached 3,197,053.
Other peak travel months when visits exceeded 3 million were March and July.
January to August arrivals touched 23,545,093, up 5.36% over the same period last year. The figures are preliminary identified by a “P” on Ministry of Tourism and Sports data to indicate they could be revised at a later date.
“During August tourism spend was up 11.72% to reach THB163.48 billion,” the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, told a press briefing earlier this week.
He fielded questions on the 8% surge in the value of Thai baht against the US dollar, stating it would have marginal impact on tourism earnings, for the remainder of the year.
August figures and those for the eight months so far, show China dominates Thailand’s travel supply chain.
If there was ever a blimp in that pattern it would drive the tourism industry to hit the panic button, as it did during last year’s crackdown on zero-dollar tours.
In August alone, China generated 982,212 visits up 10.30%. It was just short of half of all the visits from the top supply region, East Asia, that generated 2,260, 337 visits, up 9.56% on August 2016.
Second placed Malaysia, that used to be Thailand’s number one supply market for decades, generated 277,606 trips up 9.52%.
All the top 10 supply markets are in Asia.
China, 982,212 +10.30%; Malaysia, 277,606 +9.52%; Korea, 164,001 +16.52%; Japan, 162,703 +5.03%; Laos,158,377 +4.18%; India, 116,376 +14.77%; Hong Kong, 93,136 +8.88%; Vietnam, 90,502 +9.17%; Cambodia, 82,776 +20.84%; Singapore,81,366 + 21.2%. They represented a market share of 70% of all August arrivals.
The top 10 revenue earners in August were: China; Korea; Japan; Malaysia; United Kingdom; Australia; United States; India; Laos; and Hong Kong.
January to August revenue reached an estimated THB1.19 trillion, an increase of 7.47% over the same period last year. Tourism earnings represent 12% of GDP.