As winter descends on the northern hemisphere, the old adage should have the Brits flying south. And they are, but they’re also heading to destinations such as Thailand during the warmer months too.
In fact, the United Kingdom is now Thailand’s second largest market out of Europe; in January-June 2013, Thailand welcomed more than 410,538 UK visitors, up 3.07 percent over January-June 2012.
In 2013, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is projecting 838,000 visitor arrivals and earnings of 57 billion Baht from the UK market.
The Brits also stay a week longer than the ten day average, spending about 3,800 baht a day and are among the highest return visitors to the country (65 percent of 2012 visitors having already been to Thailand in the past).
There are 26 direct scheduled flights per week between Bangkok and London being operated by three airlines – THAI Airways International, British Airways and Eva Airways. Other airlines also bring visitors to Thailand through other points of the UK and intermediary hubs like Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. In addition, TUI Thomson plans to launch a weekly charter flight on the Birmingham to Phuket and Glasgow to Phuket routes (during November 2013-March 2014).