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    Tourism tumbles under blanket of smog, fat baht

    The Association of Thai Travel Agents expects air pollution and the strong baht to decrease the number of foreign tourists this year.

    But its president, Vichit Prakobgosol, is confident that the same problems recurring at the beginning of each year can be resolved.


    “The main negative factor is the baht’s appreciation, which might decrease the number of tourists this year to below the targeted 41 million-42 million,” he said. “We’re expecting Bt29 per US dollar, down from the current Bt30.


    “The PM2.5 dust in the air is another concern for many tourists. They’re not going to feel safe if the locals are wearing face masks.”


    Vichit would like to see the government give stronger support to the Tourism Authority of Thailand on marketing and entrepreneurs develop new goods and services that are reasonably priced.


    “If the government and private sector don’t work together, they’ll lose out to competitors such as Malaysia and Vietnam, where the currency isn’t an issue.


    “It’s been report that the Malaysian government has already waived visas for Chinese and Indian tourists. If that’s true, Thailand will lose an enormous amount of income because the Chinese are our main customers.”


    Vichit doesn’t believe the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, will hamper Thai tourism during this weekend’s Lunar New Year festivities, but the situation in China will have to be closely monitored into February and March.


    “Most of our tourists tend to be Chinese simply because China has such a large population. Our other main sources are India, Taiwan and the CLMV countries,” he said, referring to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.



    Supawan Tanomkieatipume, president of the Thai Hotels Association, said average occupancy at hotels fell to 70-75 per cent last year, down from a long-time norm of 80 per cent.


    As well as the baht’s appreciation, she blamed changes in tourist behavior.


    “Now there are a lot of people travelling on their own and even more people booking online because it’s more convenient and cheaper than booking through an agent,” she said. “So Thai hotel operators need to keep up with digital disruption affecting their customers’ behavior.”


    Supawan said hotels have to be more accepting of online bookings and perhaps even decline reservations made through agents.


    “They may need to organise promotions or reduce room rates,” she added.


    Tourism tumbles under blanket of smog, fat baht

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    Back in the very early Noughties tourism was around 12 million with the most significant demographic stemming from the West.

    It seems a different world now, a truly fucked up one in which environmental damage is the norm, leadership is rooted in stupidity, corruption and immorality and the craven, headlong pursuit of profit overwhelms common sense.

    Who gives a fuck, eh?

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    I can't see too many Indians and Chinese giving LoS a miss because of pollution, or farangs going to Bournemouth for their annual legovers.

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    The truth of the matter is that the lower class lumpen British whoremongering blue collar oik probably travels more to Flipperland, Cambodia, Dominican Republic and Cancun for his sex.

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    And you, tinai...?

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    Oh Christ...stay away from Thai, jabber, there's a good lad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post

    Who gives a fuck, eh?
    Exactly what i recon Sausage Bottom.

    Rippa innit.

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    Supawan Tanomkieatipume, president of the Thai Hotels Association, said average occupancy at hotels fell to 70-75 per cent last year, down from a long-time norm of 80 per cent.


    “Now there are a lot of people travelling on their own and even more people booking online because it’s more convenient and cheaper than booking through an agent,” she said. “So Thai hotel operators need to keep up with digital disruption affecting their customers’ behavior.”

    Sometimes I am amazed at the crap that comes out of people's mouth's.
    Does this guy think that people who book online aren't booking hotel rooms?
    So if they are booking hotel rooms the occupancy rate should be the same if there are still as many people staying in hotels but he is in denial that there is a downturn of tourists. Can't say bad things about this place.

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    Maybe he means they can book private apartments etc a la Air B&B

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    No smog today. All good again innit.��

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Maybe he means they can book private apartments etc a la Air B&B
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    I understand that hotel occupancy could be down due to people booking alternative places to stay but that's not what he said.
    I doubt there are many hotels here that don't have online booking facilities.
    I don't think I have used an agent to make a booking here ever.
    A couple of times I just walked in and asked about a room but never an agent I think he's the one who hasn't a clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Oh Christ...stay away from Thai, jabber, there's a good lad.
    Can't, I'm in the process of detonating my second last bridge; no worries, keeping a high wire for emergencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    decline reservations made through agents.
    A novel approach to increase tourism numbers

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    "Most of our tourists tend to be Chinese simply because China has such a large population. Our other main sources are India, Taiwan and the CLMV countries,” he said, referring to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

    What can one even say? Do you know why tourism is in decline? Hello! The tone deaf officials ranted for six years about how evil westerners were. Do you really think we wanted to hear that junk? No. So we stopped coming. Who are you left with? Being surrounded by xenophobic, racist officials is no fun. We have a choice. So do the ex-pats. For many, Thailand is a historical footnote and nothing more. You can only give the Golden goose of western tourism so many acid baths, before it is dead.

    The only real solution is to get rid of Prayuth and his hapless army. That is the true problem plaguing your nation. Solutions for the air? Are they even trying? Does not appear to be the case. There are a dozen things they could be doing, and their continued daily failures are testament to their contempt for the common man.

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    Thailand's plan could woo 65 million tourists yearly

    August foreign tourist arrivals up 5.6% y-o-y

    Foreign tourist arrivals up 5.92% in November

    Tourist arrivals hit record of 39m

    Tourist arrivals seen growing less than 5% this year

    LOL does the left had know what the right hand is doing? Of course not, this is Thailand.

    The best indicator of tourism health is to check Agoda or Booking and see what discounts are being offered by hotels.

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    Jesus Christ,

    exactly what this forum needs ????

    Another Political nut case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowlandermark View Post
    There are a dozen things they could be doing, and their continued daily failures are testament to their contempt for the common man.
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    Same as it ever was.

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    Thailand's 2019 Foreign Tourists up 4%; China Virus, Strong Baht a Risk

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand saw slower growth of foreign tourist arrivals of 4.2% last year and the outlook for a lucrative industry is weighed by strength in the baht and China's new coronavirus at a time of faltering economic growth.



    Tourist receipts account for about 12 percent of Southeast Asia's second-largest economy, making it one of the most important drivers of growth for an economy that has lagged most regional peers for years.



    Foreign tourist arrivals hit a record 39.8 million last year - equivalent to more than half of Thailand's population - after a rise of 7% to 38.2 million in 2018, when a boat accident killed dozens of Chinese tourists, tourism ministry data showed.



    Tourist revenue had risen 3% to 1.93 trillion baht ($63.49 billion) in 2019.



    Visitors from China, Thailand's biggest source of tourists, increased by 4.4% to 10.99 million in 2019.



    The growth in foreign arrivals had slowed and missed a government target, and industry operators have blamed that on the strong baht, Asia's top performer last year.



    The baht rose nearly 9% against the U.S. dollar and about 11% against China's yuan last year.


    The Tourism Council of Thailand last week forecast less than 5% growth in overall foreign tourist numbers this year.



    Kasikorn Research Centre on Friday predicted the number of Chinese tourists may fall 0.5%-2.0% this year, rather than the 1.6%-3.5% increase projected earlier.




    China's coronavirus has added to the concerns. Thailand on Friday confirmed its fifth case of the virus and Saturday's start of the Lunar New Year holiday is expected to bring an influx of Chinese travelers.


    "The outbreak of coronavirus is a risk. The strong Thai baht may also affect tourism growth," said Tim Leelahaphan, economist of Standard Chartered.



    "That is unlikely to help an already-slowing economy," he said adding he expected the central bank to cut its policy rate by a quarter point in the first quarter.


    The Bank of Thailand (BOT) cut the key rate twice in 2019, taking it to a record low of 1.25%. It will next review monetary policy on Feb. 5.



    The BOT forecast economic growth of 2.8% this year, slightly picking up from an estimated 2.5% in 2019, a 5-year low.






    Thailand'''s 2019 Foreign Tourists up 4%; China Virus, Strong Baht a Risk | Investing News | US News

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowlandermark View Post
    The only real solution is to get rid of Prayuth and his hapless army.
    Wondering whether the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russians or anybody care who is PM and his Melody Boys when they get idea to visit Thailand. And whether they care about the pollution? Following the daily figures?





    STATISTICS INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS ARRIVING IN THAILAND INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS ARRIVING IN THAILAND AS OF 20 January 2020 | ATTA

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    Tourist arrivals hit record of 39m
    140,000 a day tipped in run-up to year-end

    28 DEC 2019

    Thailand has broken its annual tourism record with the arrival of 39 million international tourists this year, up from about 38 million last year. The 39 millionth tourist was from Russia.

    Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that the kingdom remains one of the all-time favourite destinations of global travellers.

    In the closing days of 2019, 140,000 tourists are expected to arrive every day, which means that Thailand is expecting to welcome a total of 39.6 million to 39.8 million tourists by year-end.

    Tourist arrivals hit record of 39m

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    I wonder what that chart looked like 15 years ago.

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    Other. 18%

    Other what?

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    Find it strange when people talk about the strong Thai Baht, Baht is fairly stable, it's the weak western currencies, just look at the OZ $, was on bar with the US$ some years back. Baht has not really changed, OZ $ is worth 30 percent less in US $.

    Really nothing to do with the Baht, your own governments fuked you over and blame some 3 world country for the problem.

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    Yeah it’s just a holiday anyway is it really going to matter if the baht is 27 or 31. It’s not like buying a house or something. At the most it might cost someone few hundred extra dollars who cares.

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