Long holiday to boost tourism

Tourists take photos in front of Ruen Yod Barom Mungkalanusaranee in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post record photo)

Thai people are approaching to make 2.44 million trips inside a nation during a prolonged holiday of Jul 16-20, according to a Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Total tourism spending by Thais and unfamiliar tourists visiting a nation during a extended holiday will strech an estimated 19.7 billion baht, a swell of 28% from a year-ago period.

Of a total, 12 billion baht will come from unfamiliar tourists and 7.7 billion from Thais.

The cupboard recently announced Jul 18 a open holiday, giving Thais a five-day holiday period. Asarnha Bucha Day falls on Jul 19 and Buddhist Lent Day on Jul 20.

The government’s proclamation of a prolonged holiday is meant to inspire Thais to transport inside a nation and boost tourism business sentiment.

TAT administrator Yuthasak Supasorn expected a Central segment would beget a many tourism income during a holiday duration during 3.16 billion baht, followed by a East during 1.28 billion, a South during 1.26 billion, a North during 1.06 billion and a Northeast during 914 million.

During a five-day holiday, normal hotel occupancy is approaching to strech 61% nationwide.

The Central segment will see an occupancy rate of 70%, a East 61%, a North 49%, a Northeast 57% and a South 62%.

The tip 5 destinations during a holiday are Bangkok, Chon Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi, a TAT said.

Apart from Thai tourists, a TAT forecasts 1.09 million general traveller arrivals to Thailand during a five-day holiday, generating 12 billion baht in revenue, adult 28% for both figures.

Mr Yuthasak pronounced a TAT has ceaselessly launched tourism activities each month to woo Thais to transport inside a country.

With a stream mercantile situation, a TAT has supposed that it will skip this year’s income aim for domestic tourism of 900 billion baht, putting a expected figure in a operation of 830-850 billion baht.

The TAT recently cut a 2017 domestic tourism income aim from 1 trillion baht to 950 billion since of concerns about a mercantile downturn.

The Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA), meanwhile, pronounced outbound tourism would grow during a single-digit rate this year, hampered by a slack in a third quarter.

To this point, TTAA boss Suparerk Soonrangura expects heated foe among transport agents in a third entertain as they gain on a good event for business to transport abroad.

The organisation is assured that many Thai travellers will use a extended holiday to transport abroad, generally to short-haul destinations.

The tip 5 outbound destinations for Thai travellers are Japan, Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong and South Korea.

Article source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism-and-transport/1034453/long-holiday-to-boost-tourism

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