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Thailand hosted more than 1.15m Airbnb travellers in 2017

Top trending neighbourhoods in Thailand including Bangkok’s Sukhumvit, Sathon, Din Daeng, Huai Khwang, Klong Toey and Thon Buri areas.

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Airbnb, the global people-powered hospitality and travel platform, has released its annual look-back at the year’s travel trends, revealing new insights into travel in and out of Thailand – from up-and-coming neighbourhoods and trending cities, to the most popular outbound destinations for Thais.

With over 1.15 million Airbnb guest arrivals in Thailand last year, representing 67-per-cent year-on-year growth, Airbnb reveals how Thailand’s popularity with domestic and international travellers shows no sign of slowing down.

Considering the 35 millions tourists arrivals registered in 2017, Airbnb market share is now of 3.2%.

People from all over the world continue to seek out unique and authentic experiences here, wanting to see the true character of the Kingdom through the eyes of the locals.

Travellers from all over the world flocked to Thailand last year, with the largest proportion of inbound international guests in 2017 coming from China, the US, Singapore, Malaysia and Britain.

Looking for A more unique type of travel

Increasingly, people are shying away from the usual cookie-cutter tours where they see the same things as everyone else.

Instead, curious travellers are seeking something authentic, different and unique — handcrafted experiences they won’t find anywhere else, that help them really understand the character of a new city.

Airbnb experiences offers unprecedented access to communities and places that travellers wouldn’t usually come across through traditional tourist travel, meeting fellow travellers and passionate locals in the process. Southeast Asians are catching on to the trend and have been keen to sign up for the latest experiences this year.

Meanwhile, Thai Airbnb guests travelled to more than 100 countries and six continents in the past year, including non-traditional destinations like Bolivia and Zimbabwe.  According to data from the company, popular travel destinations for Thai travellers include Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United States.

While most outbound Thai travellers reside in major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, data shows that locals from Sukhothai and Chiang Rai are increasingly travelling via Airbnb, with year-on-year growth of 636 per cent and 284 per cent, respectively.

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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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UNESCO adds Bangkok and Sukhothai to Creative Cities Network

UNESCO announced on 30 October that Bangkok was designated as a ‘Creative City of Design’ and Sukhothai as a ‘Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art’, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has designated Bangkok and Sukhothai among 66 new ‘Creative Cities, thus bringing the total number of UNESCO Creative Cities in Thailand to four.

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