Suvarnabhumi airport expects more than two million passengers during the Chinese New Year period starting from February 14 to February 26.
The airport director Praphan Patthamakitsakun said that during the Chinese New Year period airlines have sought to increase 563 international flights and 34 domestic flights from their regular and chartered flights to the airport, making total flights during the period to 12,034 flights or an average 926 flights a day.
The total flights during the period when compared with the same period last year, represented a 4.18% increase of both arrival and departure flights.
926 flights and 164,000 passengers per day
Most increased flights were sought from China, with China Eastern Airlines seeking the most increase of 144 flights. He said the number of passengers also rise 20% when compared with the same period last year.
He estimated more than 2.15 million passengers during the Chinese New Year period or an average 164,783 passengers a day. He then recommended passengers to arrive at the airport at least four hours before departure time during the period due to traffic congestion.
The upcoming Chinese New Year will see grand celebrations in 12 major cities in Thailand to be held by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to promote tourism during the long holiday.
TAT said in Bangkok a grand opening ceremony of the Chinese New Year celebrations will take place at China Town, Yaowarat. It expected the celebrations at 12 places nationwide of the Chinese New Year will attract more than 670,000 Thai and foreign tourists from February 18-24. The event is hoped to generate 716 million baht.
Other places to hold the celebrations are Phuket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Trang, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, Ayutthaya, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
The TAT has projected that 530,000 tourists will travel Thailand in February this year with tourism revenue of 22.9 billion baht.
More than five million Chinese tourists are expected to visit Thailand this month, generating around 210 billion baht, it said.
The Sukhothai historic park has stepped up patrols around its 700 years old site and displayed cooperation signs after some tourists from China have acted inappropriately while visiting the place.
Increase patrols and sign boards prohibiting inappropriate behaviour came after some Chinese tourists were seen to climb over Buddha images, ancient statutes, walls, and stupas to take photographs.
As influx of Chinese tourists are expected from January to the historic park, increased patrols of the park and cooperation signboards would be displayed more, advising what should not be done while visiting the park.
The park chief Ms Nongkran Suksom said that in the past year, authorities had come across several tourists acting inappropriately while taking photographs, and they were warned.
Earlier Wat Rongkhun temple in Chiang Rai province also mandated tour operators to clean and collect garbages if their tour groups littered the place.
This measure came after Chinese tourists had littered the place with used toilet tissues and refused to collect them when were asked by the temple workers. It came out with the order for tour operators to clean all litters left by their tour groups.