BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 906,558 travellers, January to February, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.14% when compared with 1,008,879 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, Monday, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.
The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said the slow down was due to an above average and extraordinary growth registered during the first two months of 2016.
“China, Russia, South Korea and Japan should continue to be key markets supporting the tourism industry this year,” he said.
The president told members to spread their business across many markets in Asia, ASEAN, Russia and CIS. Relying on a single market was a risky strategy, he said.
January to February
Although recording a decline of 23.62%, mainly due to the loss of zero-dollar tours, trips from China stood at 473,091 visits for the first two months of the year compared to 619,379 visits year-on-year.
Russia ranked in second place with 70,890 visits increasing 17.53% from 60,316 visits.
The next top five markets were: South Korea (47,253; +37.33%); India (35,103; +36.04%); and Japan (32,556; +5.38%).
February: Suvarnabhumi performance
In February, 341,009 foreign tourists travelled on member company itineraries arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It represented a decline of 7.28% from 367,784 visits during the same month last year.
China was the top source of travel agency bookings in February with 134,460 visits, down 26.78% from 186,358 visits.
Russia followed in second place with 34,805 visits up 24.06% from 28,055 visits during the same month last year.
South Korea ranked third with 23,140 visits increasing 62.64% from 14,228 visits.
Japan was fourth with 16,810 visits decreasing 2.38% from 17,219 visits, while India in fifth place, with 15,515 visits, up 36.46% from 11,370 visits.
The next top five markets in February were: Vietnam (9,319; +3.19%); the United Kingdom (9,085; -11.21%); Germany (8,155; -0.18%); France (6,221; +25.78%); Taiwan (4,537; +16.51%).
February: Don Mueang performance
The association also reported 131,553 tourists used member companies at Don Mueang Airport in February, down 12.62% from 150,551 during the same month last year.
China also topped arrivals at the second gateway recording 106,679 visits, but down 19.34% from 132,253 visits.
Indonesia was second with 6,440 visits, up 28.36% from 5,017 visits during the same month in 2016.
Vietnam ranked third recording 5,785 visits, an increase of 36.76% from 4,230 visits.
India in fourth place, with 3,137 visits, improved 320.51% from 746, while South Korea in fifth place, with 2,882 visits, increased 107.94% from 1,386 visits.
The next top five markets in February were: Japan (2,551; +25.36%); Malaysia (2,098; -11.48%); Taiwan (348; -40.92%); Poland (312; +67.74%); Myanmar (246; -17.17%).