Thais gear up for overseas travel
TTAA president, Suthiphong Pheunphiphop, said this year the outbound market was lively particularly during the peak months March to May.
“The government announced Songkran holiday will cover five days this year from 12 to 16 April and this will encourage Thais to purchase overseas package mainly seven-night itineraries.”
The association estimates around 700,000 to 900,000 Thais will book holidays overseas, March to May, and the revenue from just tour packages should exceed Bt37,800 million.
Of that, 70% will travel to short-haul destinations in Asia and spend Bt30,000 per person, while the balance will go for long-haul destinations in Europe and pay around Bt70,000 per person.
The association estimates that in April, around 300,000 Thais will travel oversee of which 50% will travel to Japan and South Korea.
“For European destinations, Thais still prefer to travel the Italy-Switzerland-France and Netherland-Belgium-France trail and flora festivals are also popular late March to mid-May.”
Meanwhile, new routes to the Baltic Sea, Russia, Lithuania and Croatia are emerging in locally sold tour packages.
The association forecasts Thai outbound trips will reach 4 million by year end and circulate around Bt170,000 million in package revenue.