Articles tagged “thailand”

Thailand Switches Tourism Strategy to Drive Longer Stays and More Spending

Thailand Switches Tourism Strategy to Drive Longer Stays and More Spending

Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Thailand's Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul is in the vanguard among the world's tourism ministers for shunning targets for visitor numbers and switching to a focus on boosting daily spending and length of stay. An end to tourism stunts (like plastic surgery contests) will be welcome, too.

1 month ago

Thailand Invests $6 Billion at Top Airports to Boost Capacity

Thailand Invests $6 Billion at Top Airports to Boost Capacity

Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Thailand's airport expansion plans are designed to ensure that infrastructure keeps pace with capacity. Its controversial military government will help determine how much demand travelers have for Thai destinations and how this new capacity will factor in.

2 months ago

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Kankanit Wiriyasajja and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

If you build it they will come — and text. Is Line Village Bangkok a next-generation theme park? We'll see.

2 months ago

Bangkok’s Famed Street Food Will Now Be Scarce When Tourists Visit the City

Bangkok’s Famed Street Food Will Now Be Scarce When Tourists Visit the City

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

The military junta wants to take the soul out of Bangkok by ridding the city of street-food vendors. Do they know they are shooting themselves in the foot tourism-wise?

4 months ago

Former Thailand Tourism Boss Sentenced to 50 Years in Bribery Scandal

Former Thailand Tourism Boss Sentenced to 50 Years in Bribery Scandal

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

Tourism organizations are getting extra scrutiny these days — see Visit Florida's battle for survival — but this story serves as a reminder that corruption is always a risk when public money flows. Still, a 50-year sentence seems to far outweigh the crime.

5 months ago

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Dake Kang, Associated Press

Thailand need only look at its neighbor, China, to see the type of environmental impact that coal production can have. That it's willing to put a plant near one of the country's most popular and iconic tourist destinations is a very questionable decision.

6 months ago

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Associated Press

Thailand has defied predictions of a drop in tourism after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 plunged the nation into a year of mourning and political uncertainty. The country is also becoming a case study of how destinations are getting smarter about solving overtourism, one of the megatrends Skift is tracking in 2017.

7 months ago

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Cracking down on overtourism by Chinese tourists is a smart move by the Thai government but dealing with the short-term blowback from that will be a challenge for the country heading into 2017.

7 months ago

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Pairat Temphairojana, Reuters

There's a level of responsibility and long-range thinking to this overtourism crackdown that we haven't seen from the Thai authorities before.

7 months ago

Thailand’s Tourism Industry Depends on China for Growth

Thailand’s Tourism Industry Depends on China for Growth

Orathai Sriring, Reuters

The untold story of tourism in Thailand the last two years is how the demographics of its inbound industry have changed, and what that may mean to future growth.

10 months ago

Thailand King’s Death Prompts Tourism Concerns

Thailand King’s Death Prompts Tourism Concerns

Angus Whitley, Kyunghee Park and David Roman, Bloomberg

Given the public adoration for the monarch, tourists visiting Thailand will have to be extra wary about how they conduct themselves.

10 months ago

The Changing Travel Habits of China’s Golden Week Tourists

The Changing Travel Habits of China’s Golden Week Tourists

Neil Hall and Nicole Nee, Reuters

Turns out China's outbound tourists are just as complicated as all other tourists. And there are many of them so very ready to see the world in all its diversity.

11 months ago