Thailand tourism looking up, predictions of 1.5 million per month

Thailand tourism looking up, predictions of 1.5 million per month

Since yesterday, Thailand has eased restrictions, hoping for a resurgence in tourism after many years. The required Thai Pass to enter the country is no longer needed as the restriction was lifted yesterday and tourism authorities are forecasting an influx of travelers entering the country as a result.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn hopefully predicts 1.5 million travelers per month to Thailand during the high season, with a minimum of 900,000 per month projected from now on. When the cumbersome Test & Go program was terminated in May, the number of foreign visitors to Thailand rose to 400,000, so it is hoped that further easing of restrictions will usher in a post-Covid-19 era of tourism.

Phuket Tourism Board Chairman also said that the end of the Thai Pass is welcome news for both Phuket and the rest of the country. He points out that there are many international flights to Phuket, including those from India and South Korea, and the number of tourist arrivals remains stable between 3,000 and 4,000 per day, despite the start of the low season.

“Entry rules will become more friendly and convenient for tourists. Ease of entry is another factor that will convince them to choose Thailand as their main destination.”

Indian tourists have become a major focus of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's tourism revitalization program with about 50,000 Indian tourists visiting Phuket in May and June and 200,000 Indian tourists scheduled to visit Phuket by the end of the year. TAT is working with the Phuket Tourism Board to target 3 Indian cities where they will host a promotional road show.

Covid-19 cases have dropped to single digits in the north, and the Chiang Mai governor expects tourism to pick up as the local economy recovers. Various exhibitions and meetings are scheduled in the area, such as the Lanna Expo 2022 and the Federation of Thai Industry Exhibition. These expositions have helped raise the hotel occupancy rate to around 30%, according to the northern branch of the Thai Hotel Association, which hopes to reach 50 to 60% occupancy rates in a high season.

Most of their tourism is still in Thailand, with 2.8 million domestic tourists in the first 4 months of 2022, but the Thailand Tourism Authority's Chiang Mai office says easing travel restrictions will lead to an influx of foreign travelers to the popular northern region. .

Meanwhile, expat favorite Hua Hin is not looking to India to boost its tourism, unlike most parts of Thailand now. The seaside town has always been a popular getaway from the cold weather of northern Europe, with up to half of foreign visitors being Scandinavians, who typically spend several months in the region. The mayor hopes to turn Hua Hin into a home away from home where people can live and work.

“I aim to turn Hua Hin into a workspace for people from all over the world. Hua Hin is fully equipped. Sea, sand and sun at your service. Fresh air blows from the sea, and not far from Bangkok.

There were fewer than 700 foreigners last year due to the pandemic, compared to about 1.2 million a year before Covid-19, the mayor said. The mayor of Hua Hin has announced efforts to revive tourism, in particular through a promotion for golfers, with packages including golf courses, lodging, restaurants, spas, wellness activities and more.