Thailand to welcome record number of Chinese visitors in 2015

27 Mar 2015 by Clement Huang

Thai convention bureau chiefs are aiming to increase the numbers high-end business tourism groups from China with the help of direct flights and strong ties between the two nations.

China already supplies the highest number of leisure tourists to the kingdom, but Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) wants to extend this success to the meetings and incentive travel market.

Supawan Teerara, deputy director of TCEB, said the number of Chinese business and leisure visitors is expected to rise to 96,000 for the whole of this year compared to 85,800 in 2014.

In an interview with Xinhua, the official China news agency, Teerara said business travellers from China are expected to spend a combined US$254 million compared to about $203 million in 2014.

Her comments come amid TCEB’s “Thailand CONNECT the World” campaign, which is designed to boost international confidence in the kingdom’s conference, business events and incentive travel capabilities while driving the Thai MICE sector into a leadership position within the Asean economic community.

Thailand’s luxury destinations and products will be targeted at meetings and incentive organisers in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in addition to international markets.

Teerara said TCEB will be running roadshows in Beijing and Guangzhou in April.

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