Thai tourists shows the high­est ar­rivals last year

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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.

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