HCM CITY (VNS)— The number of Vietnamese tourists to Thailand has jumped 10-fold in the past 12 years, rewarding the efforts of the Thai Government to attract more Vietnamese visitors.
|Vietnamese tourists visit Thailand. Vietnamese tourist arrivals in Thailand increased by 20-30 per cent this year, making Viet Nam its 13th largest tourism market. — File Photo
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand's HCM City office, more than 530,000 Vietnamese visited Thailand in the first 10 months of this year. In 2000 the number had been a mere 57,000.
Viet Nam is the 13th largest tourism market for Thailand. Vietnamese tourists are fairly big spenders in Thailand, Chutathip Chareonlarp, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, HCM City, said.
Last year it was estimated that 430,000 Vietnamese tourists spent 13.68 billion Baht (USS$446 million) in Thailand.
Though the figures for 2012 have not been calculated yet, with tourist arrivals rising by 20-30 per cent, the amount could top $500 million.
The average length of stay of a Vietnamese tourist was 6.04 days last year, with an average daily expenditure of 4,035 baht.
The rate of repeat visitors was reported at around 60 percent.
Thailand has the advantage of low prices and plenty of tourist attractions and entertainment options, and its Tourism Authority actively organises familiarisation trips for media agencies in Viet Nam.
The top five destinations for Vietnamese visitors are Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Kanchanaburi, and Udon Thani. Destinations gaining popularity include the northeastern region, Samui Island, and Phuket.
Bangkok has been rated the world's second best city for tourist shopping and third best in terms of value for money by 75,000 travellers covering 40 cities on travel site TripAdvisor. This year Thailand hopes to get more than 20 million foreign visitors, up from just 16 million two years ago. China, Malaysia, Japan, and Russia are its biggest markets. — VNS