Get Ready: 400,000 Chinese tourists to descend on Thailand over New Year holidays

Thailand should remain a top destination for Chinese tourists traveling abroad over the Chinese New Year holidays next month.

The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has placed the number of expected arrivals at over 400,000 — and they should spend about THB20 billion while they’re here, reported Bangkok Post.

The actual New Year’s Day is Feb. 16 but Chinese public holidays last for seven days.

The expected arrival number reflects a 10 percent increase over last year.

Another change in chinese tourism is that more direct flights between China and Thailand means less charter flights, which means that more Chinese will travel as couples, friend groups, or families instead of large charter groups.

In 2017, 9.8 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand, spending THB480 billion. As many as 10.8-11 million Chinese arrivals are expected this year and the numbers are expected to increase for the next five years, keeping China firmly in the lead for the largest group of international tourists to come to Thailand.

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