The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that the overall number of tourists from East Asia has diminished significantly. However it still expects 5.4-million Chinese tourists to choose Thailand as their travel destination.
Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT’s executive director of East Asia Regions, reported that the number of tourists from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dropped by 20.43% to 1.18-million during the first two months of 2014.
During Jan.-Feb., the number of Chinese tourists was 636,000, a decline of 20.88%, affected directly by the emergency decree that then applied in Bangkok and the prolonged political turmoil.
Meanwhile, the lower numbers are in line with the data previously reported by the Department of Tourism that showed that in March, the number of tourists travelling to Thailand was 2.1-million, a decrease of 9% compared to the previous year.