Thailand targets to welcome over 257,000 Chinese tourists arriving in the country during the Chinese New Year festival with expectation that more than 12 billion baht in revenues will be earned from them.
This was disclosed by Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul yesterday.
She said during the 9-day period of the Chinese New Year festival from January 27-February 4, the ministry expects over 257,000 Chinese tourist arrivals in Thailand, an increase of 10.87 per cent from last year.
She said an income of 12 billion baht or an increase of 13.09 per cent year-on-year was expected to be generated from these tourists.
As a host country, she said the ministry has cooperated with the Tourism Police Division to provide safety for tourists during this period.
The minister of commerce says small businesses have given good cooperation to the ministry to hold prices of sacrificial offerings used to worship God and ancestors during the Chinese New Year festival.
The minister’s assurance came as the ministry has sent officials to inspect various places to check on the prices of offerings if they were marked up or not during the festival period.
Deputy Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthi-Jirawong revealed that spending trends for offerings is on par with previous years.
Inspection also found that prices for offering goods � such as fresh chicken, red pork meat and Chinese flowering cabbage which are used as sacrificial goods are same as last year.
Prices for dried goods also have remained stable.
But he said only gold purchases saw a drop which is to be expected with the rise in gold prices.
He assured the public that the ministry has received the cooperation of retailers to prepare smaller offering packages to offset to some degree the cost of living for less affluent members of the public.
Furthermore, officials have been told to make sure that all shops attach clear price tags for all goods as well as providing comprehensive service.
Meanwhile the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand estimates that from January 27 � February 2 there will be an increase of 19,584 commercial flights into the country. This averages out to 2,798 flights per day which is an increase of 7% over last year.
The increased flights are mostly from China during this period.
These flights bring in mainland Chinese as they more often than not favor Thailand as their destination of choice which will result in a significant rise in commercial flights.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)