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Thailand Industry – Tourist Arrivals see 2.5% gain in Nov

By on Jan 09, 2015 in Hotel-Tourism

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International tourist arrivals in November increased 2.5% from the same month a year earlier, the first month in which anti-government protests began to affect Bangkok. Thailand’s tourist arrivals for the year through November also remain down by 8.6%. To date, 21.9 million international tourists have arrived in the kingdom, down from 24 million at this point in 2013.

November 2013 saw the first significant impact on Thailand’s tourism industry from street protests organised by the Peoples Democratic Reform Committee against the Yingluck Shinawatra government. The demonstrations gained steam on Dec 3, when 36 countries issued travel warnings for Thailand, and reached their peak with the “Bangkok Shutdown” in January.

While not strong, November’s year-on-year growth did provide some welcome news in the form of resurgence in travel to Thailand by Chinese tourists. Arrivals from China leaped 58.5% from November last year to 369,522. Arrivals from Hong Kong grew 4.3% to 38,500, but Taiwanese visitors fell 10.3% to 31,168.

The increase in Chinese visitors was offset by plunging arrivals from Russia, which has been devastated by a historic devaluation of the ruble.

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