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Zero-dollar-tour crackdown still affecting Chinese tourist arrivals

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The decline in Chinese tourist arrivals to Thailand is expected to continue at least until the first quarter of 2017 because of the recent crackdown on zero-dollar tours, says the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).

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Chinese tourism to fall further

Nanat Suchiva

The decline in Chinese tourist arrivals to Thailand is expected to continue at least until the first quarter of 2017 because of the recent crackdown on zero-dollar tours, says the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).

The council expects Chinese tourist arrivals to fall by 20%, or 2.1 million in the first quarter of next year.

TCT president Ittirit Kinglek said Chinese tourists and travel agencies still have concerns about the situation following the serious crackdown on zero-dollar tour operations in Thailand in September.

The zero-dollar clampdown contributed to a 16.2% fall in Chinese tourist arrivals in October. It is projected the number of Chinese tourists in the fourth quarter of this year will be only 1.6 million, decreasing 12.2% year-on-year.

However, the total number of Chinese arrivals in 2016 will still grow 12.3% to 8.9 million people, missing the target of 10.1 million.

TCT forecasts Chinese tourist arrivals will still rise to 9.17 million next year.

"We are still optimistic the impact of the Chinese zero-dollar tour crackdown will improve after the first quarter of next year," Mr Ittirit said. "The number of Chinese tourists will gradually return to normal if the government finds the right measures to instill confidence in foreign tourists, especially the Chinese."

The Thai government has been pressuring tour agents to offer legal tour packages at affordable prices to attract Chinese tourists.

Total international tourist arrivals this year are expected to reach 32.5 million, up 8.8% from last year but lower than the expectation of 33.9 million. This year's tourism revenue will rise 15.2% to 1.67 trillion baht, missing the target of 2.37 trillion baht.

Next year, TCT forecasts total international tourist arrivals will exceed 34 million, rising 5.8%, while tourism revenue will achieve 1.85 trillion baht.

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Vocabulary:

affordable : not expensive - ไม่แพง

attract : to cause someone to be interested in something - ดึงดูดความสนใจ

clampdown : a determined attempt by someone in authority to stop people doing something bad or illegal - ควบคุม

concerns : worries - ความกังวล

confidence : being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future - ความมั่นใจ

contributed to : helped to cause an event or situation - ช่วยก่อให้เกิด

council : a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ

crackdown : strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity - การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่

decline : becoming less - การลดลง

decrease : to become less - ลดลง, น้อยลง

exceed : to be more than something; to go beyond a limit - เกินกว่าที่กำหนด

expectation (noun): what is expected - ที่คาดไว้

forecast (verb): to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now - ทำนาย, ทาย, พยากรณ์

gradually : slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย

impact (noun): an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ

improve : to get better - ดีขึ้น

instill : to put a feeling, idea or principle gradually into someone's mind, so that it has a strong influence on the way they think or behave - ปลูกฝัง

legal : allowed by the law - ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย

measure : an action taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ

normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

operations : the activity or work done in an area of business or industry - ปฎิบัติการ

optimistic : expecting good things to happen or to be successful - โดยคาดหวังสิ่งที่ดี, มองโลกในแง่ดี

pressure : to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - กดดัน

project : to calculate based on information already known - คาดคะเน, ประเมิน

quarter (noun): three months of the year on the official calendar of the government or companies - ไตรมาส

revenue : income from taxes or business activities - รายได้

situation : all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์

target : something you want to achieve; a particular number or amount that you want to achieve - เป้าหมาย

trillion : the number 1,000,000,000,000; one million million - ล้านล้าน

zero-dollar tour (noun): paying a low price for a tour package but then being pressured into buying overpriced items -

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