Thai tourists shows the highest arrivals last year
The number of Thai tourists visiting Bhutan has shown the highest growth of 243 percent last year which accounts to the arrival of international tourists that increased by 28.95 percent compared to the previous year which was the largest growth during the last three years, according to the annual report 2014 of Tourism Council of Bhutan.
According to the report, a tourist arrival from Thailand has raised by about four-fold with 8,578 more Thai tourist visiting Bhutan than in 2013. During the year, the number of Thai tourists reached to 12, 105, which was a record from a single country.
The increase was significantly propelled by the Bhutan-Thailand Friendship offer as evidenced by the earlier findings and a year before the number Thai tourist declined by two percent, stated the report.
While, growth in Chinese tourists was 68 percent which was more than doubled compared to 2013.
Bhutan welcomed 3,284 more Chinese tourists in 2014, stated the report. The lowest growth rate of Chinese tourists during the last few years was 26 percent, while seven out of ten top source markets has experienced negative growth rates at least once in the last four years.
According to the report, impressive growth rates were also observed among the British with 16 percent, German with seven percent and French tourist with four percent.
In the same year, the number of tourists from the UK rose by 371, from Germany by 201 and from France by 64.
But the declining growth rates were also observed among the tourist from USA and Malaysia. Despite an increase of 294 tourist arrivals from USA, the growth rate declined in 2014 to four percent from 15 percent in 2013.
Although the total number of American tourists was the third largest, but with the massive growths in Thai and Chinese tourists, American tourist arrivals have fallen from first position in 2013 to the third position in 2014, according to the report.
The growth rate of Malaysian tourists declined from 57 percent in 2013 to one percent in 2014. This was the third consecutive year in which the growth rate of Malaysian tourists has declined. The report added that, during the last year, the growth rate for Malaysia was the smallest among the top ten source markets that experienced positive growth. In total 13 more tourists from Malaysia visited Bhutan in 2014 compared to 2013.
Besides that, the Japanese tourist arrival also dropped by a massive 33 percent, followed by Singaporean with 16 percent and Australians by one percent.
The report shows that, this was the second consecutive year that the number of Japanese visiting Bhutan has declined by a large number.
The number of Japanese tourists have decreased by 1,328 in 2014, resulting in the largest declined both in terms of the rate of growth as well as in absolute number. However, on a positive note, the declined in the rate of growth in 2014 was negative 33 percent was not as great as in 2013 with negative 43 percent.
While, the arrival of tourists from Singapore have fallen by 331 in 2014 compared to 2013. However, the number of Australian tourists visiting Bhutan has remained fairly stable with a mere declined of just 25 tourists in 2014 compared to 2013.