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Chiang Mai’s Tourism Hit by Slump in Chinese Visitors Despite Visa Exemption


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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Chiang Mai local media sources reported the unsatisfied aftermath of visa exemptions since late September for Chinese tourists which was one of the Thai government’s policies to attract foreign tourists to visit Thailand.

Not much of an attraction... CM needs to re-invent itself.

Becoming a tired worn-out city, with air-pollution issues most of the time

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"In 2019, the number of outbound tourists from China reached nearly 155 million, almost three times as many as 2010. However, the number of outbound tourists from China dropped to around 20.3 million in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and was estimated to increase slightly in 2021. Once all border restrictions in China were canceled, more than 40 million Chinese travelers went abroad in the first six months of 2023."

Just based on a natural progression and caution by the Chibese government, Chinese outbound tourism will require several years more before reaching the 2019 level. Which means the same for Thailand destinations. Thailand's hype is wishful desire.

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In about four weeks Chiang Mai will start to be inundated with golfers from Korea and Japan and that will carry on through to end of February. Some will be paying over 6,000 baht for a round including caddy fee and cart at the more expensive courses. But most courses from expensive to inexpensive will be full. 

That is a good start for the high season?

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