Chinese tourists flock to Chiang Mai for Golden Week

Chinese tourists flock to Chiang Mai for Golden Week

Chiang Mai airport passenger terminal on Friday. The airport expects arrivals from China for Golden Week will increase by 9.1% over last year. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)
Chiang Mai airport passenger terminal on Friday. The airport expects arrivals from China for Golden Week will increase by 9.1% over last year. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)

CHIANG MAI: The number of Chinese flying into Chiang Mai to celebrate their annual Golden Week holiday, from Oct 1-7, is expected to show an increase of 9.1% this year over 2018.

Chiang Mai airport director Amornrak Xumsai Na Ayudhaya said on Friday there were no special flights or an increase in flights from China to Chiang Mai during the long holiday this year. Airlines operating on this route now had enough regular flights to handle the influx.

Chiang Mai airport now had 28 international services, of which 17 were with important towns in China. A total of 17 Chinese airlines now had flights into Chiang Mai.

He foresaw 23,000 Chinese tourists visiting Chiang Mai between Oct 1 and Oct 7, a 9.1% increase on Golden Week last year. 

However, numbers were still down comparatively. In 2017 Chinese arrivals for Golden Week were up  17.1%  on last year's figure.

Mr Amornrak expected the total number of Chinese arrivals at Chiang Mai airport this year to exceed one million.  Last year, 890,000 Chinese tourists arrived through Chiang Mai airport. 


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