BANGKOK, 18 April 2017: China and Russian travel markets continue to decline, but India supplied a positive 25% growth in travel for members of the Association of Thai Travel Agents during the first quarter of the year.
January to March figures showed ATTA member companies handled 1,437,292 travellers at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, representing a decline of 9.93% from 1,595,778 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, 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.
They are: Increase association revenue, control office expenditures, build human resources and skills, improve information system and create networking between the public and private sectors.
“Organising roadshows overseas, opening new tourism routes, promoting local products internationally, orgainising mega fam trips and pre and post-mega event trips, smart marketing and supporting online marketing will help members to attract more tourists.”
Collaboration with the public, private and related sectors will also build the association’s competency, he said.
January to March performance
Although continuing to show a decline of 22.14%, China led the field with 786,590 visits for the first three months of the year compared to 1,010,298 visits during the same period last year.
Russia ranked in second place with 83,870 visits also down 5.09% from 88,371 visits.
The next top five markets were: South Korea (75,018; +58.41%); India (52,250; +25.70%); and Japan (51,726; +10.75%).
March: Suvarnabhumi performance
In March, there were 365,199 foreign tourists who booked travel through the association’s members entering the country at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It represented a drop of 12.67% from 418,178 visits during the same month, last year.
China was the top source of travel agency bookings in March with 174,383 visits, but decreasing 27.41% from 240,244 visits.
South Korea followed in second place with 25,635 visits, up 108.13% from 12,317 visits during the same month last year.
Japan ranked third with 16,272 visits increasing 17.84% from 13,809 visits. Vietnam was fourth with 14,838 visits growing 40.95% from 10,527 visits, while India in fifth place, with 14,215 visits, dropped 1.83% from 14,480 visits.
The next top five markets in March were: Russia (12,963; -53.72%); the United Kingdom (8,676; -22.62%); Germany (7,882; +25.33%); France (6,576; +2.29%); and Taiwan (5,788; +40.38%).
March: Don Mueang performance
The association also reported 165,535 tourists used member companies at Don Mueang Airport in March last year, decreasing 1.89% from 168,721 during the same month last year.
China also topped arrivals at the second gateway recording 139,116 visits but down 7.67% from 150,675 visits.
Indonesia was second with 7,368 visits, up 26.84% from 5,809 visits during the same month in 2016.
Vietnam ranked third recording 6,068 visits, an increase of 45.80% from 4,162 visits.
India in fourth place, with 2,932 visits, improving 128.35% from 1,284, while Japan in fifth place with 2,898 visits, showed an increase of 44368% from 2,003 visits.
The next top five markets in March were: South Korea (2,130; +236.49%); Malaysia (1,909; +19.84%); Myanmar (693; +52.98%); Taiwan (471; -26.41%); and Poland (244; -2.40%).