The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) sees potential opportunities in penetrating secondary cities in Germany to draw more German tourists to Thailand.

Turkey, a favourite destination for Germans, is currently mired in political unrest, so Thailand should take this chance to attract more German tourists.

Juthaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for international marketing in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, said Dusseldorf and Munich are target markets for increasing the number of first-time visitors…

Turkey’s political problems will benefit Thailand’s tourism, she said.

Apart from Germans, Turkey is also a popular destination for Russians. Both countries are key markets for Thailand.

Although Europe is still facing economic problems, the number of tourist arrivals from Germany and Russia are promising.

During the first five months of this year, arrivals from Germany grew by 11.8% to 352,691, while arrivals from Russia increased by 38.9% to 830, 404.

About half of those aged over 60 plan to go on more holidays compared with 40.9% for those under 29 and 43.6% for people aged 30-39.

Among long-haul destinations, 22% wanted to go to the US, 2% chose Egypt and 1.3% intended to go to Asian countries, particularly China or Thailand.

Two-thirds of respondents wanted to take a maximum of seven days for other trips and 14 days for their main holiday, whereas other trips took about eight days less. The peak periods for taking second and…