Chinese tourists' love of Thailand rocked by Phuket boat tragedy
Navy soldiers help a Chinese tourist rescued from the Pheonix boat collapse on July 6, 2018. (Royal Thai Navy photo)
The Phuket boat tragedy had a substantial effect on Chinese tourist arrivals in Thailand last month.
The deadly accident on July 5 claimed the lives of 47 Chinese holidaymakers following the Phoenix boat these were on capsized in inclement weather off the resort island.
While the quantity of people to Thailand in the month was almost unchanged from exactly the same amount of 2017, June had seen a 20% rise year on year, in accordance with official Chinese figures.
on Wednesday it had witnessed a lull in bookings
Online travel agency Lvmama said.
“Many tourists are going for a wait-and-see approach,” said Li Xiaolian, deputy director of the business’s brand development department. “It is also still the rainy season, therefore the weather is uncertain.”
Thailand welcomed about 10 million holidaymakers from mainland China in 2017, or perhaps a third of most foreign people to the united states almost. Of July 5 but following the events, the Tourism and Sports Ministry said it had revised down its forecast for the amount of Chinese arrivals for the July-December period by nearly 670,000, to 5.1 million.
Cisily, a Beijing-based investment director, said she saw hardly any Chinese tourists on a recently available visit to Phuket with her husband and young son.
“We stayed at the Hilton, which in line with the reviews is filled with Chinese guests usually, but during our stay there have been more folks from South Korea along with other countries,” she said.
“I felt that people were the only real Chinese family during our visit to Phi Phi island and at alternative activities like watching the boxing show,” she said.
Despite the lack of her countrymen, Chen said that she received a warm welcome at Phuket airport, and the complete immigration process took only 3 minutes.
“There is even the official who spoke Chinese helping me complete the application form forms for the visa … these were excellent,” she said.
Tourism operators in Thailand have urged the federal government to waive visa fees for Chinese tourists in a bid to draw them back.