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Hoteliers have predicted that the rush on Chinese tourists visiting Thailand will continue over the next three years. Numbers of Chinese arriving in the Kingdom could go up by twenty five percent as younger travelers descend on the Kingdom.
Just under eighty five percent of hoteliers have noticed an increase in Chinese tourists according to a Chinese International Travel Monitor. Thirty percent of those have experienced an increase of between twenty five and fifty percent. The report goes on to say that over eighty percent of hoteliers said they had noticed an increase in independent travelers from China between the ages of eighteen and thirty five.
Abhiram Chowdhry, vice president and managing director Asia Pacific for Hotels.com, said the top 10 Thai destinations for Chinese travelers were Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Phi Phi, |Koh Lanta and Koh Pha Ngan.
“Globally, Chinese travelers have grown financial muscle. An average traveler spends around Bt17,796 per day, including accommodation. The top 10 per cent of Chinese international travelers spend Bt73,771 per day including accommodation and spend an average of Bt14,556 per night on hotels alone,” said Chowdhry.