According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT), the total amount of revenue earned from international
arrivals and domestic trips during the Songkran holiday period of
12-16 April 2019, amounted to 22.07 billion Baht, an increase of 15%
The number of international arrivals reached
543,300 (up 8% year-on-year) generating revenue of 10.23 billion
Baht (up 14%).
TAT claims there were 3.27 million trips by
domestic tourists (up 3%) generating 11.84 billion Baht (up 7%).
According to Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT
Governor, the East Asia region accounted for the majority of
foreign arrivals during the Songkran Festival. Arrivals from Hong
Kong and India were higher than expected thanks to the
visa-on-arrival fee waiver in place. The domestic market also
performed close to the expectation.
The TAT staged Songkran 2019 festivities in Tak,
Mukdahan and Ranong. It also supported activities in 10 other
provinces: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Chiang
Mai, Sukhothai, Lampang, Udon Thani, Songkhla and Phuket.
“Together these destinations saw 1.03 million
domestic trips during the holiday period with 5.11 billion Baht
generated for the local economy. Hotel occupancy in these
destinations averaged 80%,” Mr. Yuthasak said.
While the Songkran or traditional Thai New Year
holiday normally takes place from 13-15 April every year, there
are some locations that stage festivities a little later. These
include Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district in the Central
Thailand region, where the local Mon people observe New Year
traditions from 19-21 April. In the Na Haeo district of Loei in
Northeastern Thailand, locals celebrate the Thai New Year with a
procession of flower trees – the only tradition of its kind in the
country. This year the procession is on 19 and 27 April. In the
Eastern region, Chon Buri’s Pattaya-Naklua districts celebrate Wan
Lai (water day) on 18-19 April, Map Ta Phut in Rayong’s Songkran
is from 19-21 April (with 21 April being Wan Lai), and the
country’s easternmost Songkran celebration takes place at Laem
Ngop in Trat on the last Friday of April, today (26 April 2019).
Tourism Authority of Thailand,