Thailand’s Prime Minister recently thanked the tourists from the People’s Republic of China for choosing Thailand as a holiday destination and for making up the largest numbers of visitors to the kingdom over the last few years.
The remarks from Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha were made during his meeting with Mr. Xi Jin Ping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit. The two leaders were discussing communication and transportation links between Thailand and China.
China is Thailand’s leading source market and its fastest growing. In 2015, Thailand attracted 7.9 million Chinese visitors, generating over 376 billion Baht in revenue, up respectively 71 percent and 87 percent over 2014.
This year, from January to July, Chinese visitors to Thailand totalled 5,764,839, or a year-on-year increase of 20.54 percent. TAT is projecting to welcome about 10.5 million Chinese visitors with a projected expenditure of 509 billion Baht for the entire 2016.
*Photo credit: Media Center, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand