Believe it or not. According to the Thai tourism minister, China has not only become the top tourism source country for the kingdom. Chinese tourists, or so they say, also spend more money in Thailand – per person and per day – than visitors from other countries.
A total of 2.69 million Chinese tourists have visited Thailand in the first four months of 2015, accounting for more than 25% of arrivals and prompting the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to raise its full-year forecast for Chinese arrivals from 5.4 million to six million.
But that’s no surprise and no wishful thinking. For the Chinese, Thailand is the equivalent to what Spain is for the Brits and Germans, and the Chinese “invasion” has only just started.
The real surprise is that Chinese tourists, according to the Thai tourism minister, have now also “elevated their status to quality tourists with the highest average daily spending in Thailand in the first quarter of this year”.
ThaiVisa.com quotes the tourism minister as saying that
each Chinese tourist averagely spent 6,346 Baht per day during [their] stay in Thailand.From January to April, [Chinese tourists] generated income of 122.71 billion Baht for Thailand, which was an increase of 110% from the same period last year.
She added that tourists from Singapore came second in the rankings of “big spenders” in Thailand, with an average daily spending of 6,284 per day Baht, followed by Malaysians (6,020 Baht), Indians (5,952 Baht), and Australians (5,842 Baht).
On average, foreign tourists spent only 4,950 Baht per day in Thailand during the first quarter of the year.
Well, what can one say. We find that a bit hard to swallow. If the Chinese, Singaporeans, Malaysians and Indians have in fact become the biggest spenders in Thailand, one can’t help but wonder where and on what they waste their massive fortunes?
They surely don’t spend them in the bars of Pattaya.