ThailandChinese tourists made up almost 30% of the foreign visitors passing through Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport

Thailand ends the year with a flourish, but outlook is challenging

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Don Mueang airport had 43 flights from Wuhan in a three week period during January.
Don Mueang airport had 43 flights from Wuhan in a three week period during January. Photo Credit: Kwhisky/GettyImages

BANGKOK - Arrivals in Thailand rose 2.48% in December from a year earlier, following an increase of 5.92% the previous month, Tourism Authority of Thailand has reported.

 A total of 3.93 million tourists in December spent about 193 billion baht (US$6.35 billion), down 2.25% from a year earlier.

In 2019, the number of foreign tourists rose 4.24% to a record 39.8 million. 

Like many other countries in South-east Asia, Thailand is facing a sharp downturn in Chinese tourists after group tours were stopped from travelling from China due to the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic.

It is estimated that prior to the travel ban Chinese tourists made up almost 30% of the foreign visitors passing through Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport every day.

From January 3-24, The Nation reported,  there were 43 flights from Wuhan city which brought 6,982 people.

Thai AirAsia flights scheduled between Wuhan city and Don Mueang and Phuket airports during January 23-28 have all been cancelled.

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