BANGKOK, 14 October 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 3,113,400 international tourists at Suvarnabhumi Airport, January to September, representing an increase of 60.81% from 1,936,045 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, Tuesday, based on fees member agencies pay to the airport to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients.
“Overall, tourism is now back on track except for Russia, due to a poor economy …Hong Kong has relaxed travel warnings for Thailand from red to yellow and that has helped to encourage the sector,” he said.
China Golden Week, 1 to 7 October, probably generated around 200,000 trips by Chinese tourists to Thailand during the seven-day national holiday.
For the first nine months of the year, China remained the top supply market with an improvement of 157.04% from 630,177 visits to 1,619,831 visits.
Vietnam followed in second place with an increase of 288.51% from 41,527 to 161,336 visits.
The next top five markets were: India (139,973; +23.79%); Russia (-64.36%); and Japan (110,821; +37.48%).
In September alone, 212,102 foreign tourists travelled with association member companies, down 5.91% from 225,433 visits during the same month in 2014. The Erawan Shrine explosion was blamed for the decline in bookings.
China remained the top source in September with 107,493 visits growing 2.44% from 104,931 visits.
India followed in second place with 16,038 visits increasing 16.22% from 13,800 visits.
Although showing a decline of 7.00%, Japan ranked third with 9,436 visits compared to 10,146 visits in 2014.
South Korea (fourth) recorded 8,875 visits up 35.27% from 6,561 while neighbouring Vietnam in fifth showed 6,013 visits improving 40.89% from 4,268 visits.
The next top five markets in September were: the United Kingdom (4,916; +66.19%); Spain (2,864; +39.16%); Iran (2,791; +115.35%); Taiwan (2,786; -45.71%); and Germany (2,529; +46.35%).
The association also reported that 87,929 tourists used the services of ATTA travel firms at Don Mueang Airport in September, an increase of 81.12% from 48,547 during the same month last year.
China topped arrivals at the second gateway recording 76,302 visits up 77.93% from 42,882 visits.
Indonesia was in second place with 3,635 visits growing 6.04% from 3,428 visits during the same month last year.
Malaysia ranked third with 3,094 visits, an increase of 270.98% from 834 visits.
Japan was fourth with 1,233 visits up 376.06% from 259 while India was fifth with 1,079 visits up 111.57% from 510 visits.
The next top five markets in September were: South Korea (491; +4,363.64%); Taiwan (340; +466.67%); Myanmar (274; +508.89%); Vietnam (256; -80.11%); and Turkey (155; +100.00%).
ATTA opened its second office at Don Mueang Airport, 1 August, last year, to offer meet-and-greet services for member travel agents. It does not have a branch office in Phuket, which is now a major gateway for tour groups.
ATTA members handled 3,976,114 clients at both the Bangkok airports, January and September, increasing 96.12% from 2,027,377 visits during the same period last year.