After the recent clamp down of package tour guides from China and Korea etc. a recent report carried out by the Thai Hotelier’s Association has found that the number of FIT (Fully Independent Travelers) tourists has dramatically increased.
Previously tourists on these “tour group” holidays would come with very little spending money, as flights, hotels, restaurants and daily activities were all covered in the initial booking fee. This was seen as bad business for the majority of Thai business owners in Pattaya, as none of these customers were spending any money. The major beneficiaries were the Tour companies themselves.
Now that these companies are no longer active, there are more tourists coming here spending money. There was only ever going to be one outcome from all of this so yes, The Thai Hotelier’s Association is now recommending that its members increase prices from between 5 and 10% by the beginning of next year
THA chief Suphawan Thanormkiatphoom has been quoted in saying that FIT tourists are on the rise and would represent 60 per cent of all arrivals by the start of 2018, and that hotels and guest houses should be taking advantage of this.
Time to get those over time hours booked in I think.