US-China Trade Spat Giving Thailand Opportunity To Bring In More Tourists

The increasing tensions between the US and China might have something good for Naroua Villas in Koh Toa, Thailand and the rest of the Kingdom’s tourism sector, as travellers from mainland China look to shorten their distant journeys and find destinations closer to their home country instead.

Thailand’s tourism sector is expected to get a boost from the trade dispute, and the Thai government is keeping an eye on the Chinese government to see if the later will issue a travel ban against the US for its residents, similar to what they did to South Korea and Japan when they were having increasing conflicts with those two countries.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor YuthasakSupasorn said that there are TAT offices in China doing assessments on the country’s tourism and economy as a result of the trade conflicts with the US. According to him, five TAT offices in the country noted that Yuanwas being appreciated, alongside the trade conflicts, which could be what deter Chinese travellers from travelling abroad.

Mr. Yuthasak says that these factors might slow down decision-making for international trips, as well as tourism spending. However, assessments and report suggest that these factors might not hit middle- to upper-class people might not be affect as much, which is important to note, as they’re the ones that normally travel internationally at least once, annually.

TAT offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, and Shanghai promote Thailand to travellers, with 10.5 million Chinese travelling to the country in 2018, to the delight of Naroua Villas in Koh Toa, Thailand and others in the country’s tourism industry, with predictions saying that the number will hit 11.6 million by the end of 2019.

Mr. Yuthasak, however, also noted that other Asian countries could benefit from the trade war, meaning that there’ll be fierce competition for attracting Chinese travellers. Thailand has several VISA policies, like waiving visa-on-arrival fees, and the like, but they’re still working out some of the kinks.

While dealing with all of this, and as a backup, the TAT will also be focusing on the short-haul market, Mr. Yuthasak reports.

On top of all of that, the TAT also has plans to sign deals with major Chinese companies like China Travel and Alipay in order to help with facilitating Chinese visitors to Thailand.