Beijing, 12 December, 2018 – Thailand won the Most Popular Tourist Destination Award for Chinese consumers in 2018, according to China Travel Agent Magazine, the country’s top-ranking publication for the Chinese travel trade.
The awards were conferred on 6 December, 2018, at the Regent Hotel, Beijing. The judging committee, selected by the China Travel Agent Magazine, included well-known travel industry experts, representatives of travel agents and media.
Thailand is a popular destination for Chinese visitors because of the visa-on-arrival facilities, short travel distance, value for money, diversity of its products and services, and reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Thailand and China also have much in common in terms of food, and cultural and ethnic relationships.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has five full-time marketing offices in Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou, more than any other country.
China is Thailand’s leading source market of visitor arrivals. In January – October 2018, Thailand received 9.02 million Chinese visitors, up by almost 10% over the same period of 2017. Based on an average length of stay of eight days, they generated tourism revenue of more than 494 billion Baht, up 12.98% over the same period 2017.