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Thailand Top Nation for Chinese tourists as South Korea draws fewer

The mainland sent 7.9 million people to Thailand in 2015, an annual increase of 70 percent to become the top country destination ahead of Korea

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Thailand and Japan are attracting more Chinese tourists as South Korea draws fewer.

The mainland sent 7.9 million people to Thailand in 2015, an annual increase of 70 percent to become the top country destination ahead of Korea, which had 2 percent fewer arrivals, and Japan, where visitors more than doubled to 5 million.

That one-two-three ranking continued during last month’s Chinese Spring Festival, according to preliminary data reported by the People’s Daily newspaper.

Thailand managed to attract just under 30 million international visitors in 2015, according to final figures released by the Tourism Department.

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These 29,881,091 foreign arrivals represented an increase of 20.4% over the 24.81 million who visited in 2014, statistics posted on the department’s website showed.

The Thailand tourism industry has been defiantly strong despite challenges such as the Bangkok bombing at a busy central intersection last August which killed 20 and injured more than 120 people, reported Reuters.

Source: Thailand Passes Korea as Top Nation for Mainland Visitors: Chart – Bloomberg Business

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Thailand expects at least 40 million travelers in 2020

The Tourism Council of Thailand expects at least 40 million travelers in 2020, a 6% increase compared to 39.7 million foreign visitors last year

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The Tourism Council of Thailand expects at least 40 million travelers will visit Thailand this year, generating some 2.05 trillion baht in revenue, thanks to the government’s tourism promotion measures.

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Thai bank forecasts 23 million Chinese tourists in Thailand by 2030

Chinese tourism to Thailand could increase more than twofold during the next 10 years according to Krung Thai Bank Research Center.

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Chinese tourists in Pattaya

Krung Thai Bank Research Center predicted that in the next 10 years, Chinese tourists will increase by 6.9% per year on average, reflecting the increase of purchasing power of the Chinese middle class.

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Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts

A Thai holiday pricing has increased by about 30 percent in U.S. dollar terms and 40 percent euros over the last five years due to the appreciation of the baht and inflation

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The cost of a holiday in popular beach resorts in Thailand is now on par with or higher than those in Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Egypt, which are closer to home for Europeans, according to skift.com

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