American tourists spend more money than Europeans in Thailand: survey


AMERICANS spend an average of 96,269 baht (US$2,887) per person while travelling in Thailand, higher than European visitors, who spend 89.484 ($2,684), a survey shows, said VN Express International newspaper today (Feb. 4).

US tourists spend an average of 2,000-3,000 baht on accommodation a night and they always stay in the country up to 15 days per trip, according to the survey conducted by the Tourism Council of Thailand, which polled 200 Western tourists during the final quarter of last year.

The survey also showed that European tourists spend 1,000-2,000 baht per night on accommodations and stay in Thailand for 13 days on average.

In Vietnam, foreign tourists spent $117.80 (3,927 baht) a day in 2019, the year before the onset of the pandemic, according to statistics from the General Statistics Office (GSO).

On average, foreign tourists in Vietnam spent about $35.50 (1,183 baht) for accommodations, $25.80 (860 baht) for food, $18.90 (630 baht) for transportation, $19.70 (656 baht) for shopping and about $18 (600 baht) for other expenses, such as sightseeing and medical services.

Vietnam welcomed a record 18 million foreign tourists in 2019. The country reopened its borders in March 2022 and received 3.6 million foreign arrivals for the year.

Thailand welcomed 11 million foreign visitors last year thanks to its open visa policy, making its tourism industry among the fastest to recover in the region following the Covid-19 pandemic.


Top: Tourists wait for their boats in Phuket, Thailand. Photo by Reuters and published by VN Express International

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