Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the tourists arrivals will drop between 10% and 12%
in 2014 due to the prolonged political demonstrations that threaten to shutdown Bangkok 13 January.
The ministry targeted 30.27 million with revenue of Bt1.344 trillion compared to an estimated of
26.72 million visits and Bt1.167 trillion in 2013.
China, Hong Kong and South Korean tourists have nearly disappeared from Pattaya while Russian arrivals are down 20 percent due to protracted anti-government protests in Bangkok,
the (TAT)Tourism Authority of Thailand said.
Speaking at the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association’s Dec. 18 meeting at the Grand Sole Hotel, TAT Pattaya Director Auttaphol Wannakijsaid the organization has abandoned projections
That 4-5 million Chinese would visit Thailand this year in the face of protests that have persisted
despite the dissolution of Parliament and plans for new elections.
TAT is monitoring closely tourist arrivals by all Europeans, but said the Russian business is
Already down 20 percent due mostly to official government travel warnings that are prohibiting
Russian travel agents from offering package tours.
As for China and Hong Kong, the rise of discount airlines in China may be diverting holiday business away from Thailand, Auttaphol said.