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by Namo Vananupong
    
BANGKOK (NNT) - International tourists’ activity has picked up due to the continuous scaling down of COVID-19 restriction measures around the globe.

 

Amid this renewed vigor in the tourism scene, major accommodations booking platform Agoda has found Bangkok to be the most popular destination among tourists globally. It also found Pattaya City to be the eighth most popular destination.

 

Online travel booking platform Agoda made the findings after having compiled data on room booking made via the platform from May to August this year. It found Bangkok to be the number one destination drawing interest from foreign tourists.

 

Agoda noted Thailand’s near-complete lifting of Covid travel restrictions and disease control measures. It made the observation that nightlife venues, beaches, cultures, and myriad foods await tourists who visit Thailand.

 

Other destinations Agoda said were among the top five most popular among its users were, in respective order, Jeju island of South Korea; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, South Korea.

 

Thailand’s Pattaya City was the 8th most popular destination, owing to it being a seaside city renowned for its nightlife scene. According to Agoda, Pattaya was also appreciated for its sandy beaches, delectable food offers, and gorgeous hotels.

 

With international travel slowly returning to normal, the government has laid down a tourism restoration plan for 2023. Emphasis is placed on creating value for each journey taken and improving marketing competitiveness.

 

These efforts are aimed at enabling sustainable growth of tourism. To achieve this aim, meaningful and memorable experiences will be fostered and made into qualities that attract tourists.

 

Thailand’s soft power will also be leveraged as the country takes aim at becoming a “world-class destination”. The government wishes to promote Thailand as a destination that can be enjoyed year-round. The target for tourism income generation in 2023 is 2.38 trillion baht.

 

Thailand’s tourism attractions are by no means clustered in just Bangkok and Pattaya. Several other destinations – Chiang Mai and Phuket to name a few – are also highly rated by travelers.

 

As hosts to the tourists, people in Thailand are encouraged to take care of existing tourist attractions and seek new experiences that can be offered to travelers. This should be pursued while adequately meeting health requirements.

 

The gradual revitalization of holiday-making worldwide presents Thailand with a good opportunity to attract tourism income and thus revive its economy.

 

 

Source: https://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news/detail/TCATG220818003745338

 

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Lots of horny guys after the Covidiocy shutdown. Everything's wide open again...and that means everything

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3 hours ago, StayinThailand2much said:

Must be virtual tourists. Only because people look at destinations doesn't necessarily mean that they will actually travel there. I'm sure, if I googled 'Yala' or 'Pattani' to find the locations of recent news items, a "Booking.com" booking site would pop up (as so often), even though I have no intention to spend a holiday there.

If they are going by bookings on their site do they take into account people already in the country that book through them for ease?  That would include Thais and expats I am sure

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9 minutes ago, kingstonkid said:

If they are going by bookings on their site do they take into account people already in the country that book through them for ease?  That would include Thais and expats I am sure

Absolutely.  We use Agoda all the time when planning/booking hotels for a trip within Thailand.  This year we have made at least half a dozen trips.  I think the domestic tourism is bigger than anyone thinks, especially in light of government program which pays 40% of the hotel rate (up to 3000 baht daily, total room cost, I think) plus 600 baht per day for food at participating eateries.

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

Amid this renewed vigor in the tourism scene, major accommodations booking platform Agoda has found Bangkok to be the most popular destination among tourists globally. It also found Pattaya City to be the eighth most popular destination.

Agoda says a lot of things... 

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and because Agoda said so we are supposed to believe it.... wonder what AirBnB, Booking, Homeaway, Trivago, etc., said, whom to trust and believe  555

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand’s soft power will also be leveraged as the country takes aim at becoming a “world-class destination”.

almost choke on my sandwich lunch when reading that one...... “world-class destination” for Indians I assume 🤣🤣🤣

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8 minutes ago, Mavideol said:

and because Agoda said so we are supposed to believe it.... wonder what AirBnB, Booking, Homeaway, Trivago, etc., said, whom to trust and believe  555

I recently booked a room via Agoda for a fun night in the town of Pattaya... I guess I wasn't the only one!

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6 hours ago, kingstonkid said:

If they are going by bookings on their site do they take into account people already in the country that book through them for ease?  That would include Thais and expats I am sure

I guess, Thailand is 'popular' with the Thais. Who would have thought...

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11 hours ago, StayinThailand2much said:

because people look at destinations doesn't necessarily mean that they will actually travel there.

The OP didn't claim that they are all travelling here.

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6 minutes ago, Liverpool Lou said:

The OP didn't claim that they are all travelling here.

"BANGKOK (NNT) - International tourists’ activity has picked up ..."

 

Well, one could argue that "international tourists' activity" could include 'just browsing the internet for destinations'... 😄

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3 hours ago, Lucky Bones said:

Why is this not in the "World's Worst Gags" thread?

Someones 'avin a laff

So now Agoda is now lying.....before Covid you had Credit companies who track all their sales telling us same thing --their lying,

the travel agent society's talk about their bookings--their lying.

Gosh there's  some conspiracy going on here  isn't there--when all these companies take their money then  pretend their going to Thailand when all they really went to was Bognor Regis. 

 

Whats a matter with you guys?--have you forgot why you used to come here.

Or do you  just hate to think that Thailand is getting back to what it was before --- a really popular tourist destination.

 

 

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11 hours ago, StayinThailand2much said:

Must be virtual tourists. Only because people look at destinations doesn't necessarily mean that they will actually travel there. I'm sure, if I googled 'Yala' or 'Pattani' to find the locations of recent news items, a "Booking.com" booking site would pop up (as so often), even though I have no intention to spend a holiday there.

Why "must it be vitual tourists"? You can't believe Bangkok is popular. Pattaya is popular because it offers incredible deals.

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51 minutes ago, StayinThailand2much said:

"BANGKOK (NNT) - International tourists’ activity has picked up ..."

 

Well, one could argue that "international tourists' activity" could include 'just browsing the internet for destinations'... 😄

One could also argue that the destination which gets the most browsing activity is also the most popular.

 

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1 hour ago, Thingamabob said:

Don't know about the precise numbers, but Bangkok has surely been a top tourist destination for many years.

and what that has to do with """as the country takes aim at becoming a “world-class destination”"" is Bkk a world class destination, if yes, please, let us know by whom standards, not by mine anyway

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31 minutes ago, JensenZ said:

One could also argue that the destination which gets the most browsing activity is also the most popular.

I recently browsed 'Corascunt', 'Mustafar', 'Alderaan', and 'Tatooine'... Still looking for a travel agent for a booking.

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41 minutes ago, JensenZ said:

Why "must it be vitual tourists"? You can't believe Bangkok is popular. Pattaya is popular because it offers incredible deals.

Don't know about Pattaya, but I still don't see that many tourists in Bangkok. Except, of course, they're all at 'the temple', or just partying in their hotel rooms...

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1 hour ago, sanuk711 said:

So now Agoda is now lying.....before Covid you had Credit companies who track all their sales telling us same thing --their lying,

the travel agent society's talk about their bookings--their lying.

Gosh there's  some conspiracy going on here  isn't there--when all these companies take their money then  pretend their going to Thailand when all they really went to was Bognor Regis. 

 

Whats a matter with you guys?--have you forgot why you used to come here.

Or do you  just hate to think that Thailand is getting back to what it was before --- a really popular tourist destination.

 

 

If this article appeared in 2015 it would hold more credence.

As it is, 2022 sees Bkk and Patts as mere shells of their previous selves.

Walk around and see the difference, do not read internet-site reviews. The reviews are simply cheap "luring" tools to the unsuspecting.🙃🙃

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14 hours ago, webfact said:

Agoda has found Bangkok to be the most popular destination among tourists globally

Kinda fake news.

Agoda caters mainly for tourists planning trips in SE Asia.

The company's data is therefore completely biased.

Bangkok might be the main destination for people visiting that specific part of the world but that's it.

The day Bangkok becomes the number one destination for tourists worldwide, I'll be running for president in Zimbabwe.

 

14 hours ago, webfact said:

Pattaya was also appreciated for its sandy beaches, delectable food offers, and gorgeous hotels.

Sure you're not forgetting something ? 😁

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18 minutes ago, Lucky Bones said:

If this article appeared in 2015 it would hold more credence.

As it is, 2022 sees Bkk and Patts as mere shells of their previous selves.

Lucky Bones --Agoda are talking about bookings --not what pattaya looked liked today.

people doing bookings up to August  (now). People usually book ahead for holidays.

It would be mad to say Thailand wasn't a popular place to holiday before Covid--so what would make it not a popular place again.....but this statement seems to incense a certain group of people.

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