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Thais lead world in travelling solo

Dec 03. 2018
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By The Nation

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Twenty-eight per cent of Thais travelled overseas on their own in the past two years, more on average than other nationalities in the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole.

That finding comes from Visa’s Global Travel Intentions Study, for which 17,500 travellers in 27 countries were surveyed.

The study found that those most likely to travel solo (45 per cent) were the youngest group, 18 to 24 years old, and those combining business and leisure (“bleasure”). 

Travellers aged 36 to 44 were more likely to travel with other people (71 per cent).

 “The development of technology allows travellers the ability to take trip planning and booking into their own hands,” says Suripong Tantiyanon, country manager for Visa Thailand. “In addition, payment technologies and innovations give them greater convenience, security and confidence to spend during their time abroad.”

When travelling with companions, bigger groups are common. Typically, a group consists of up to five people on average. 

Those travelling with others are most likely to be accompanied by their spouses and partners (49 per cent) or friends/colleagues (42 per cent). Travellers aged 45 years old and above or “superboomers” (72 per cent) are more likely to travel with their family and friends throughout the whole trip.

When it comes to travel activities, travellers from Thailand differ from their Asia-Pacific counterparts. The top three activities for Thai travellers are tours and attractions (71 per cent), food and dining (69 per cent), and shopping (68 per cent). 

On the other hand, top activities for Asia-Pacific travellers are food and dining (73 per cent), shopping (69 per cent), and tours and attractions (64 per cent).

 Some of the key activities Thai travellers engage in are visits to cultural locales (52 per cent), visits to theme parks and attractions (34 per cent) and religious monuments (29 per cent). 

When it comes to food and dining, Thai travellers opt for eating at local casual and small restaurants (39 per cent) and tasting the street food (30 per cent).

Shopping for Thai travellers is all about venues that carry a range of brands and products, at duty-free shopping at destination airports (34 per cent) and large and medium retailers (33 per cent), and small retailers (30 per cent).


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