With the restoration of outbound group travel to 20 nations, including Thailand, starting on February 6, 2023, Thailand is welcoming the arrival of Chinese group tours.
High-ranking TAT executives, Chinese officials, and members of the Thai public and business sectors all attended a welcoming ceremony on February 6th.
The first group of tour travelers touched down on a Spring Airlines aircraft from Guangzhou with plans for a 6-day tour that will include some of the most well-known sights of Bangkok and Pattaya.
They are expected to visit places like Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Pattaya’s Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Yaowarat (Chinatown), and Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen, which is famous for its giant seated Buddha figure.
14 flights from China will arrive in Thailand each day delivering group trips. These flights, run by different airlines, are set to leave from Guangzhou as well as Xiamen, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu, and Nanning before landing in Bangkok and Phuket.
36,896 flights between China and Thailand in 2023
Aeronautical Radio of Thailand estimates that there would be 36,896 flights between China and Thailand in 2023, a 227.6% increase over the previous year and more than twice as many as there were in 2022. In the second half of the year, the number of flights is anticipated to progressively rise, reaching the pre-COVID record level in 2024.