Officials in Thailand are now anticipating an influx of visitors from China, as the Chinese government is lifting its restrictions on international travel that have effectively prevented its citizens from spending holidays abroad.
People in China are now able to travel without restriction for the first time since the pandemic’s start during Lunar New Year, the nation’s most significant holiday. Family reunions often involve billions of travels, but over the past three years, those have been drastically reduced as the government has pushed people to “celebrate where you are” in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
As vacation spots like Pattaya and Phuket get ready for Chinese guests over the upcoming Chinese New Year, Thai tourism companies anticipate their return.
The activities of tour operators have resumed as they get ready for the arrival of Chinese tourists in tour groups late in January during the Chinese New Year holiday, but it will take months or even years for the flow of Chinese tourists, who were a $280 billion spending force before the pandemic, to return to pre-pandemic levels.