Visitors to ThailandGuests in Thailand
The number of visitors in Thailand rose from 32. to 35 million in 2016. Thirty-eight million in 2017. 2017 update: In the first three months of 2017, 9,194,057 visitors came, a slight 1.72% rise over the prior year (9,038,893 arrivals). Nevertheless, the number of incoming passengers from China fell by 7.24% over the same timeframe in 2016 (see possible statement later).
In the second three months, the number of visitors rose from 7,553,011 in 2016 to 7,129,583 (+7.63%). It is interesting to note that the number of incoming passengers from China rose from 2,270,011 to 2,272,773 (+0.12%). However, this was the first moderate rise since the third quarter of 2016. In the third three months, visitor numbers rose from 8,246,701 to 8,777,142 (+6.43%).
There were another rise in the number of visitors from 2,415,632 to 2,682,087 (+11.03%). Whereas the number of visitors rose slightly in the first three quarters of 2017 (single-digit growth per month), the last quarterly period saw double-digit growth in October, November and December. The number of visitors rose from 7,765,968 (2016) to 9,280,428 (2017 and the best quarterly result ever).
Much of this is due to the fact that the last three months of 2016 were low due to a decline in the number of visitors from China. 2016 update: The number of incoming flights increased further in the course of 2016. In the course of the year, 32,588,303 (sic) visitors came, an overall rise of 2,665,118 (8.91%) over the year before.
Despite this continuing flow of tourist, the tourist authorities are not entirely happy and want more and more. Sometime at the end of the third trimester and in the forth trimester, a breakthrough against so-called zero dollars trips (mainly from China) was initiated. Zero dollars trips are very inexpensive to reserve, but once in Thailand, visitors are strongly tempted to buy a bunch of goods at very exorbitant rates, in the associated stores and facilities.
This influences Thailand's image as a travel destinations. Allegedly also the China tourism agencies want this kind of tour to be discontinued. So the last part of 2016 was not so glorious. In fact, the number of people arriving dropped by 67,088 in comparison with 2015. The only reason for this was a decline in the number of incoming passengers from 1,819,429 in 2015 to 1,442,351 in 2016.
Hopefully the number of China arrives, which is still quite high, will again grow in 2017. This shows the increasing dependence of Thai tourism on the Middle Kingdom. I' d say don't get involved in ignoring the other people. Thailand was awarded 10th place in 2001. Thirteen million visitors. During the first years of the millennium there was a gradual ascent, later a very rapid ascent of the number of visitors.
During the 16 years since 2001 we have seen an increased number of people arriving to 35. in the year 2016. China attracted the highest number of visitors, 9,280,428 (27.7% of the total), while the first years of this millennium saw hardly any visitors. Short-term setbacks for the Thai tourism industry: (see chart below): Unrest and policy uncertainties in 2010.
Large floods in a large part of Thailand and in the north of Bangkok at the end of 2011. The breakthrough in the zero dollars tour at the end of 2016 had a significant impact on China's arrival figures. It seems to remain so in the first three months of 2017, but overall the number of visitors increased further in 2016 and 2017.
Often the arrival is modest for 2 or at most 3 month, and then it goes uphill again. The situation in Thailand is fragile, but overall the tourist sector is only growing moderately in the first three quarter of 2014. Thailand's tourist industries contribute a large share to the country's GNP.
Whereas about 10 years ago Thai industrial production accounted for about 6.5% of Thailand's GNP, we can recently put it at between 9% and 10%. Considering the number of visitors and the number of travel and hotel sites, one would even anticipate an even larger share of GNP.
However, Thailand's travel trade, although very evident, makes less profit than other services and certainly less than its processing sector. In total, revenues in 2012 totalled 983.928 billion Bahts. Visitors are spending an approximate 4,800 Bahts a daily and remain for about 10 nights.
Currently in 2017, preliminary figures show revenues from the tourist industry totalling 1,824,042. This is an 85% rise of 35 million Bahts. 4% in Thailand in comparison to 5 years ago. Revenues in 2017 amounted to 53,735 on a US $ basis, at an exchange averaging 33.945 Bahts for $1.
It is interesting that the tourist industry is not only dependent on visitors from abroad. Although the number of local visitors may overshadow the number of overseas visitors, local visitors (mostly Thais) are much less likely to pay per diem and their travel time is much less. Revenue in 2016 and arrival figures by country and area for 2017.
Arrivals from 2007 to the first quater of 2018: Thailand has a touristic saison when more visitors come. The number of visitors in the first and last quarters of each year is almost always higher, as you can see below. In 2009 and 2010, we estimate that Thailand was missing between 1 and 2 million additional visitors.
It' interesting to know that in just 2 to 3 month visitors lose impact every now and then resume their interest in Thailand as an important holiday location. Undoubtedly, the radical change in politics has also affected the leisure sector, with various governments abroad giving alerts on travellers. This led to a decline in the number of journeys in the first three quarters of 2014.
In the first 9M 2014, Thailand received about 2,000,000 fewer visitors, a drop of -10.28% year-on-year. However, soon thereafter the tourism arrival recovered drastically. The chart below shows a drastic rise in visitor numbers in 2015 and 2016. even though Thailand is under army control.
In 2017, too, the number of tourists arriving will exceed that of the preceding years. The last three years Thailand has been under the control of the army, with no detrimental effects on the travel trade. In the first three months of 2018, the number of incoming flights increased by 15.4% (compared to the first three months of 2017) to 10. Sixty-one million people.
The figures show the number of tourists arriving (in millions). Tourism Department, Thailand. From 2017 the information is available on the website of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport. There were no new 2018 figures available when we revised our figures in June 2018, but we found them after a query on the Bank of Thailand website.