By THE NATION
According to the 500-sample survey in 27 countries, people in the Asia Pacific plan to travel an average 2.8 trips this year, while the global average is 2.7 trips in 2019 – well below the Thai overseas plans for 3.9 trips.
Meanwhile, travel spending by Thai people would increase from an average Bt49,135.68 per trip to Bt73,670.80 per trip in this year and 2020, Visa Thailand’s country manager, Suripong Tantiyanon, said recently.
Following the high overseas travel spending using credit cards in the first quarter of the year saw to rising, for example First Choice Credit card reported 30 per cent increase when compared to the same period of last year. KTC also forecasts that spending for travel will increase by up to 55 per cent in the first quarter of this year, and continue to rise over the rest of 2019.
The top five destinations for Thai people to travel were Japan (64 per cent), Hong Kong (37 per cent), Singapore (29 per cent), South Korea (21 per cent) and China (16 per cent). The first four destinations will remain on the list for the year 2020, the survey found.