Association of Thai Travel Agents believes the country’s tourism industry is in a good shape during the low season (May to September) mainly due to the boom in China travel.

Speaking at the assocition monthly meeting, last week, ATTA president Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn said travellers booked through the association’s member travel agencies posted a growth of 39.60%.

“Tourism in the low season period continued to record growth year-on-year with Chinese travellers leading the field followed by Russia, Japan, Vietnam, India, and South Korea.”

He was reporting on travellers using travel agency services. The China market is predominately a tour group market that is channeled through travel agencies and conforms to structured tour itineraries.

Up to 20 July, Chinese tour operators supplied their Thailand counterparts with 879,666 (+84.50%) bookings. Russia supplied 384,506 trips (+51.62%) ahead of Japan (161,175; +71.13%), Vietnam (122,866; +27.06%), India (115,844; -17.35%), and South Korea (97,788; -0.54%).

The figures illustrate the strength of the B2B travel market and how it has shifted from an emphasis on Europeans to Asian travellers.

The president added that Thailand’s political stability was a major factor in the boom in Asian visitors.

“We have also been helped by the dispute between China and Japan that forced tour operators to divert business to other countries,” he said.