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Japan overtakes Thailand as most welcoming country for Chinese

The survey conducted by Hotels.com also showed that the new generation of Chinese travellers’ preferences have changed.

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Thailand and Japan have swapped their top positions as the countries Chinese travellers felt comfortable visiting in the latest survey by Hotels.com.

The survey released on also showed Thailand had dropped in the top 10 destinations visited by the Chinese in the last 12 months.

The survey conducted by Hotels.com showed that the new generation of Chinese travellers’ needs and preferences have changed.

Tour groups have grown to be outdated as Chinese travellers are growing to enjoy independent travel in Thailand.

They are more likely to travel on a free-and-easy basis, thanks to Thailand’s local delicacies, ease of visa application, quality of accommodation, and shopping paradise that greatly attracted Chinese travelers.

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The kingdom was second behind Japan when the Chinese were asked about countries they felt most welcomed this year.

Last year, Thailand topped the category, with Japan coming second. “Widespread acceptance of Chinese mobile wallets, sufficient translations/signage and ease of information” were the factors that kept Thailand in the second place, the booking website said.

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Tourists from China topped foreigners visiting Thailand with 6 million arrivals to Thailand in the first half of this year

Chinese millennials born after 1990 are pushing the boundaries of international travel, increasing their travel expenditure in the past year by a staggering 80 per cent to fund social media-influenced trips full of edgy experiences, high tech accommodation, exotic delicacies and taboo ticket-items.

Keen to get down with authentic experiences, Chinese travelers are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to spending choice – tasting exotic local delicacies (69 per cent) and scouring the streets for authentic local items (43 per cent) over shopping for luxury items (38 per cent).

Thailand was down five notches from the third rank in 2017 this year on the destinations Chinese visited in the past 12 months, according to the survey, which showed Japan underlined its position as their top destination during the period, sending Hong Kong from the first to second place.

Tourists from China topped foreigners visiting Thailand with 6 million arrivals to Thailand in the first half of this year. The ministry was confident that the target for 11 million Chinese would be within reach this year, despite the tragic accident at sea in Phuket when 47 tourists from China lost their lifes returning from a diving trip in rough seas and bad weather in the Andaman Sea.

 

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Advance booking for Thailand national park visits extended to 60 days

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Bangkok, 23 November, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise that tourists can now preregister for visiting national parks in Thailand up to 60 days in advance via the mobile application QueQ, from the previous 15-day advance limit.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) instigated the change as of 22 November, 2021, to better facilitate visitors in their travel planning. For those who want to book accommodation in the parks, there is already advance preregistration required of up to 60 days.

The QueQ app can be downloaded from Play Store or App Store.

As well as helping visitors plan their travels, the advance booking system allows park officials to limit the number of visitors to each park.

There is a total of 155 national parks nationwide. At present, nearly all of Thailand’s national parks have reopened in the Central, Eastern, Northern, Northeastern and Southern regions, following temporary closure due to COVID-19 measures and the annual rainy season closure.

The latest to reopen was Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai on 10 November, 2021; home to the country’s highest peak the 2,565-metre Doi Inthanon, this park 90 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai city is a popular place for viewing the so-called ‘sea of mist’ foggy morning weather of the current cooler months.

A list of the opening status of national parks can be seen at the National Park’s Office via this link, or its Facebook page: National Parks of Thailand. The TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) is also providing a regular update on the latest opening and closing status of Thailand’s national parks.

When visiting national parks, tourists are advised to arrive at the park ahead of their preregistered schedule for screening and checking in with the government’s Thai Chana app. It is also important they observe social distancing rules and wear a face mask at all times while in national parks.

They are also advised to abide by the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

Visitors to national parks are also asked to respect the natural environment and not litter, and to bear in mind that there is a ban on single-use plastic; such as, cups and eating utensils in national parks nationwide.

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Bangkok Airways resumes Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao routes in December 2021

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Bangkok, 24 November, 2021 – Bangkok Airways has announced that it will resume two more of its domestic services which are Phuket – U-Tapao (starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards) and Samui – U-Tapao (starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards).

The resumed service between Phuket and U-Tapao will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). The outbound flight PG282 departs Phuket International Airport at 12.15 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 13.55 Hrs. The inbound flight PG281 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 16.05 Hrs.

The resumed service between Samui and U-Tapao will also be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). The outbound flight PG293 departs Samui Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 15.40 Hrs. The inbound flight PG294 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 16.10 Hrs. and arrives at Samui at 17.20 Hrs.

The resumed services between Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao in December will make it a total of 12 destinations the airline operates which are:

1.           Bangkok – Samui (v.v.)

2.           Bangkok – Chiang Mai (v.v.)

3.           Bangkok – Phuket (v.v.)

4.           Bangkok – Lampang (v.v.)

5.           Bangkok – Sukhothai (v.v.)

6.           Samui – Phuket (v.v.)

7.           Samui – Singapore (v.v.)

8.           Bangkok – Trat (v.v.)

9.           Phuket – Hat Yai (v.v.)

10.        Bangkok – Phnom Penh (v.v.)

11.        Phuket – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards)

12.        Samui – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards)

Passengers can visit the website https://www.bangkokair.com/flight/flightSchedule for more details about flight schedules.

For more information and reservations, passengers can contact the airline via the following channels;

•            Call Centre: Tel. 1771 (within Thailand) or +66 2-270-6699 (during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.)

•            PG Live Chat: https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN

•            Email: [email protected]

Bangkok Airways also announced that it remained committed to the safety and hygiene of its passengers and employees as the highest priority by strictly implementing surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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