Articles tagged “thailand”

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Some people, especially in Beijing, may think of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao as "China," which together has a larger total of visitor spending than Thailand. But this article's broader point is true regardless. Thailand's international visitor spending receipts are outsized relative to its cost for visitors.

1 week ago

Thailand Launches Charm Offensive to Reverse Chinese Visitor Decline

Thailand Launches Charm Offensive to Reverse Chinese Visitor Decline

Siraphob Thanthong-Knigh, Bloomberg

Thailand has had a contentious relationship with Chinese tourists in recent years, to say the least. Between a crackdown on cheap tours and a deadly boat accident, Thailand realizes it needs to do better at rolling out the welcome mat.

2 weeks ago

Chinese Tourism to Thailand Plunges Due to Economic Slowdown

Chinese Tourism to Thailand Plunges Due to Economic Slowdown

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Chinese arrivals in Thailand dropped in August, and the Thai tourism council said the U.S.-China trade spat may be deterring travelers. Some residents of Bangkok had been recently complaining about overtourism. Be careful what you wish for.

4 weeks ago

Thailand Advances a $6.9 Billion Rail Project to Connect Its Airports

Thailand Advances a $6.9 Billion Rail Project to Connect Its Airports

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Thailand's military government plans to connect the country's three major airports by rail. The links would be a boon to travelers in a country that expects a record 40 million visitors this year.

1 month ago

Destinations Seek China’s Fertility Tourists as Family Planning Laws Fade

Destinations Seek China’s Fertility Tourists as Family Planning Laws Fade

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

China's one-child policy has been history for a couple of years, and reports indicate restrictions on family size could further drop. Destinations around the world are trying to seize the opportunity to cater to travelers who may need help to grow their families — and are already comfortable traveling for medical care.

2 months ago

Standard Hotels to Open Four Properties in Thailand

Standard Hotels to Open Four Properties in Thailand

Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Standard Hotels, best known for its flagship property on New York City’s High Line, will be coming to Thailand. The expansion comes in the wake of a Thai property developer taking a roughly one-third stake in the boutique hotel chain.

2 months ago

Minor Hotels Founder Offers Lessons in Bottom-Up Entrepreneurship

Minor Hotels Founder Offers Lessons in Bottom-Up Entrepreneurship

Colin Nagy

Minor Hotels founder William Heinecke has had quite the entrepreneurial journey. As an American expat, he started his entire empire of businesses in Thailand from the age of 17. Here he shares thoughts about the state of hospitality, luxury, and embedding social good into the core of his properties.

2 months ago

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Natnicha Chuwiruch and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Overtourism is a phrase Skift has championed to describe a phenomenon that's increasingly common and that requires industry attention. In Thailand, the number of annual visitors to the country has gone from 25 million four years ago to an expected 40 million next year.

3 months ago

Thailand Airports Plan Shows Tourism Officials Don’t Understand Its Overtourism Problem

Thailand Airports Plan Shows Tourism Officials Don’t Understand Its Overtourism Problem

Jing Travel

You always have to question the true intentions of a country led by a military junta, and Thailand has once again made us raise our eyebrows over a plan for new airports that would seemingly contradict any tourism growth strategy it thought it had.

4 months ago

Thailand’s New Tourism Push? Rehab for Foreigners

Thailand’s New Tourism Push? Rehab for Foreigners

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

For years, Thailand has been an open market for some of the worst tourist indulgences. Maybe if Thailand can make more money on the healing end its citizens won't pay such a heavy price on the front end.

5 months ago

Chinese Tourism Growth Puts Southeast Asia Travel Industry in Balancing Act With Locals

Chinese Tourism Growth Puts Southeast Asia Travel Industry in Balancing Act With Locals

Jing Travel

Southeast Asia destinations won't want to put all their eggs in China's tourism basket, and they don't want to cook the goose of local populations and Western visitor markets. But the region knows China is too good of an opportunity to pass up, at least for now.

6 months ago

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press

It has taken Thailand almost 20 years to realize that it might make sense to limit the number of people visiting Maya Bay. A good reminder that overtourism isn't a new phenomenon.

7 months ago