The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed up to 330,000 Chinese visitors could be making their way to Thailand to celebrate the Chinese New Year celebration, with a projected spend of more than USD 314 million (THB 10 billion), during the week-long bash.
Beginning on 1 February CNY will get underway with an opening ceremony hosted by HRH Princess Sirindhorn on Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road, in the city’s lively China Town.
The party has added significance this year as it is also the 44th anniversary (a lucky number in Chinese numerology) of diplomatic relations between the two countries. TAT governor,Yuthasak Supasorn, also believes the 2019 CNY is extra special as it comes following the milestone of 10 million Chinese tourists arriving in the Kingdom for the first time in 2018.
“30% of the overall total of 1.03 million”
“Happy New Year to all Chinese celebrating the auspicious Year of the Pig. This year’s event holds added significance, as it marks the anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand at a time when Chinese inbound arrivals continue to be the engine that drives Thai tourism.”
After his opening remarks Supasorn, got into the numbers: “TAT expects to welcome over 330,000 Chinese tourists during the seven-day period (4 to 10 February). They represent more than 30% of the overall total of 1.03 million international arrivals that are expected to visit Thailand over the Chinese New Year.”
CNY events are planned in Bangkok at Siam Square, 4-6 February and Yaowarat Road on 5 February; Chiang Mai at the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre, 5 – 6 February and Phuket at Central Phuket Floresta, 5 – 6 February.
All three locations will feature cultural performances from China and Thailand. There will be demonstrations of various Chinese art forms including paper cutting (Jianzhi) and calligraphy, a fair selling goods and auspicious food, plus other activities and additional performances from well-known artists and pop stars.