Thai and foreign tourists up during Songkran

  • Up to 506,136 foreigners visited Thailand during Songkran, generating THB24.7bn in tourism income, up 6.2% and 16% y/y respectively, says the Tourism and Sports Ministry.
  • The festival, which ran 12-16 Apr 18, spurred as many as 3.1 million trips by local people that helped contribute THB10.4bn in tourism income, up 12.4% and 20.5% from 2017’s holiday, according to Pongpanu Svetarundra, permanent secretary of the ministry.
  • Total income from foreigners and local people was 35.1 billion, up 12.1% on a y/y basis, Mr Pongpanu said.
  • For domestic trips, 1.94 million were made to major cities, with travellers spending THB8bn, up 14.9% and 21.4% respectively y/y.
  • Some 1.16 million trips were to secondary provinces, with THB2.4bn in tourism expenditure, up 8.4% and 17% respectively.
  • The ministry said an increase was also noted in average spending per person per trip by foreigners.
  • Major origination markets for foreign tourists included Southeast Asia countries and China.
  • Meanwhile, Airbnb said its hosts in Thailand earned more than THB165mn during Songkran, a 20% increase compared with the typical week in 2017.
  • According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel industry supports 313 million jobs and generates 10% of the world’s GDP.

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