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Thailand reports drop in Chinese tourist numbers

10-14-2013 16:47 BJT

China is Thailand’s largest tourism market --that’s why China’s recently effective Tourism Law has made headlines in Thailand. The number of Chinese tourists dropped during the National Day Holidays. But insiders still remain optimistic, believing that the impact is only in the short-term.

 Thailand -- short flight, easy visas, beautiful beaches -- the reasons for its popularity with Chinese tourists are still there, but less are coming. Analysts say the drop is mainly due to China’s new tourism law.

The new tourism law bans travel agencies which force customers to purchase goods or tip agents during the tours. In response, travel agencies have raised tour package prices and therefore lost many potential clients. For those who are still going, it means a better deal.

Although travel agents worry about the short-term impact of the new law on Thailand tourism, industry insiders believe in the long run it will improve the quality of tours.

Even as the short term pain is being felt, the Thai tourism industry predicts more than 5 million Chinese travellers will visit Thailand next year, as the country’s tourism resources continue to grow.


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