Tourism Industry Still Strong Despite The Ban In Illegal Tourism Business
The government of Thailand has recently become stricter when it comes to illegal tourism that is happening in the country. They are now taking measures in order to crackdown these illegal business as well as the cheap tours which promises zero dollars to tourists. Despite all these, Thailand is still expecting a lot of tourists according to a report from Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports in the country. They are expecting that their main source of arrivals will be tourists coming from China.
It was in the third quarter of last year when the government of Thailand started the crackdown against the illegal tourism activities. This does not affected the flow of tourism from China as there are still a lot of tourists visiting the country even in the low season. Between the months of July and September, it was estimated that around 2.4 million visitors from China travelled to visit Thailand. This means that there is an increase of 14 per cent while the revenue rose by 15 per cent compared to the same period of 2015.
In 2015, Thailand received around 8 million arrivals from China and the generated income resulted to 370 billion baht which helped the economy. In 2016, the number was expected to rise up to 8.9 million Chinese while in 2017, the country is expecting for the arrival of 9.1 million tourists from China. The figures are higher compared to tourists coming from other countries such as Laos, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.
For last year, there were 32.1 million arrivals in Thailand which is higher by 8.9 per cent compared to the total arrivals in 2015. The generated revenue was 1.6 trillion baht which increased by 12.6 per cent. For this year, it is expected that tourism will bring in revenue of 2.5 trillion in baht which comprises about 15 to 16 per cent of the country’s total gross domestic product.
Despite the government’s effort to stop illegal tourism activities, it will take years before it is fully eradicated. The tourists are still pouring in because Thailand has a lot to offer from beach resort in Hua Hin, to island tour in Koh Samui and the busy night life in Bangkok.