600,000 Chinese tourists expected in October
published : 3 Oct 2017 at 16:11
writer: Suchat Sritama
Around 600,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit Thailand this month thanks to the long Golden Week holiday in China.
Pongpanu Svetarundra, permanent secretary of tourism and sports, sees the rise in Chinese touring this month. (Photo by Suchart Sritama)
Pongpanu Svetarundra, permanent secretary of tourism and sports, said China will this year remain the biggest source of international arrivals during October. Numbers were expected to be up 20% on last year to about 600,000.
During the long holiday week, from Oct 1-8, more than 260,000 Chinese are expected to visit Thailand.
The government is promoting community-based tourism in domestic and international markets. This strategy is expected to extend the length of stay and visitors’ expenditure.
International arrivals have significantly increased from 10 million 15 years ago to 32 million last year, Mr Pongpanu said. In the same period revenue from tourism had jumped from 600 billion baht to 2.5 trillion baht, with tourism now accounting for 20% of GDP, up from 10% 15 years ago.