Thailand attracted 7.93 million Chinese tourists+27% this year

Chinese Travellers arrivals up 17.8% in the last quarter of 2016 year-on-year, according to the Tourism Council on Monday, driven mainly by an increase in Chinese visitors are expected.

Tourism accounts for around 10% of GDP in Thailand and has been a rare bright spot as the second largest economy in Southeast Asia has been driven by exports and sluggish domestic demand.

The forecast comes as Thailand expects to receive a record 33 million visitors this year.

Chinese tourists can not seem to get enough of Thailand, with the increasing number of visitors last year.

A wave of bombings in southern Thailand center and south during the last month appear to have had limited impact.

Last week, the central bank cut its forecast for tourist arrivals by 400,000 to 33,600,000 this year due to the bombing and repression of so-called zero dollars trips, or very cheap tour packages, among other issues.

The October-December quarter is the high season, when hordes of tourists descend on palm-fringed beaches and hot rods and visit its many gilded Buddhist temples.

“The last quarter is a peak season for us. It is the season when tourists from China, Europe and other regions come,” Council President Ittirit Kinglek Reuters.

“We hope that more arrivals than last year mainly due to Chinese travelers.”

The Council expects at least 600,000 arrivals from China during “Golden Week” holidays next month.

Last year, Thailand attracted 7.93 million Chinese, a record. This year, the Council expects about 10 million Chinese.source