Thailand’s capital, Bangkok has seen the largest number of holiday bookings compared to other overseas destinations.
According to MasterCard International, Bangkok has replaced London and Paris as the most frequented tourist destination in the world for two consecutive years.
In 2016, the city welcomed about 194 million tourists from around the world. Thailand was one of the earliest countries open to Chinese tourists, and it has always been a preferred travel destination for Chinese tourists.
Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, said that last year Chinese tourists brought more than 520 billion baht in revenue to Thailand, becoming the largest contributor to the country’s tourism sector in terms of the number of arrivals and the size of profit.
At the beginning of this year, the number of Chinese tourists arriving in Thailand hit 350,000 – an increase of 113.8% from the previous year, according to statistics. That figure was more than a quarter of the total outbound Chinese tourism during the same period.