26 Mar '18, 12am

Durian-fuelled Chinese storm stores | Bangkok Post: business

Durian-fuelled Chinese storm stores | Bangkok Post: business

Love it or hate it, Chinese visitors are driving Thailand's tourism sector, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy. Chinese tourists peruse the "Thai Signature" aisles at Big C Ratchadamri. PATIPAT JANTHONG Arrivals from China surged to a record 1.2 million in February. Their numbers are expected to top more than 10 million this year out of 38 million international tourists overall. Chinese tourists come to Thailand for a number of reasons, such as health checkups, buying condos and shopping. According to market researcher Nielsen, Thailand is the country where Chinese tourists spend the most money during overseas travel, with daily per-person spending of up to 7,023 baht. "Thailand is my second home," Li Jian, a Chinese shopper from Beijing, said as she perused Big C Ratchadamri. "It is not only beautiful, but also has delicious food. I love to buy Kunna brand pr...

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