Strongest waves of interest for Thai beaches

TripAdvisor takes a look at the top inbound markets and most-searched destinations for Thailand

Beaches and islands prove to be Thailand’s most powerful attractions for international travellers, with Krabi entering TripAdvisor’s top five Thai destinations in terms of search traffic growth for the first time this year, after registering the highest increase at 41%.

Krabi is followed by Kathu and Nai Yang in Phuket, at 37% and 31% respectively. Tied in fourth place with a 10% increase in searches is Chiang Mai in the north and border city Hat Yai in the south.

As for visitor origin markets, China continues to contribute the highest percentage increase in search traffic on TripAdvisor, with a year-on-year increase of 30%, outpacing the overall international average of 4%. India and Indonesia followed in second and third place, with year-on-year search increases of 16% and 12% respectively.

Top five Thai destinations with the biggest increase in international traveller interest:

Note: Exact percentages rounded to zero decimal points; year-on-year growth comparing July 2016 – June 2017 versus July 2015 – June 2016

The largest sources of search traffic for Thailand are China, the US, the UK, Australia and Russia. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), China and Russia were also two of the largest contributors to Thailand’s inbound tourism and inbound expenditure in 1H2017.

Top five inbound countries by overall search traffic:

Note: based on total number of searches (unique sessions) for Thailand on TripAdvisor (excluding Thailand), July 2016 – June 2017

Out of the top five inbound markets, Chinese travellers have the shortest planning lead time of approximately 51 days and stay for nearly four nights. Russian travellers take around 60 days to plan a trip but stay the longest with approximately 11 nights per stay.

Travellers from the US, the UK and Australia stay for an average of six nights and take the longest to plan, with lead times of 108, 102 and 82 days respectively.

On average, international travellers visiting Thailand start planning their trip 65 days in advance, and stay for almost five nights.

Among Chinese travellers searching Thailand, there was continued interest from second-tier cities of Hangzhou, Dalian and Qingdao. The surge in interest comes amid increasing disposable income in these cities and improved flight connectivity to South-east Asia.

Top five Chinese cities with biggest increase in traveller interest to Thailand:

Note: exact percentages rounded to zero decimal points; year-on-year growth comparing July 2016 – June 2017 versus July 2015 – June 2016 with a minimum session of 50,000

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