October 31, 2022
BANGKOK – Most of the 1,148 Suan Dusit Poll respondents said that downgrading the virus’s status on October 1 will also help stimulate the economy.
The results of the survey conducted nationwide between October 23 and 28 were announced on Sunday.
In the survey, 79.88% of the respondents said tourism will improve during the rest of the year, while 17.94% expect it to remain unchanged and 2.18% say it will worsen.
As for the most attractive province during the New Year break, 38.85% chose Chiang Mai, followed by Chiang Rai (19.30%), Nan (15.79%), Phuket (13.28%) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (12.78%).
As for what sort of trips are most attractive, 55.62% chose relaxing in fancy hotels, 51.41% preferred beaches, while 45.43% opted for visiting temples and holy sites.
As for what motivates them to travel upcountry, 71.65% said it was affordable, 68.50% put it down to convenience, while 46.98% said they were attracted by discounts.
As for suggestions to stimulate tourism, 60.16% suggested the government introduce new measures, followed by promoting secondary cities (57.34%) and opening new routes (56.29%).
Many of these questions offered several choices.
Regarding travel this year, 54.01% said they had trips planned for this year. Of them, 87.58% said they will travel within the country, while 12.42% plan to go overseas.
“People will spend more if the government makes travelling easier and creates new routes and destinations,” Pornphan Buathong, who led the study, said.