While there has been much talk about foreigners returning to Thailand since the November 1 launch of the Thailand Pass, there is now a pent-up demand for Thai outbound travel, particularly regional and short-haul journeys.

Domestic travel is also becoming more popular among Thais, with 18% of Thai respondents expecting to take one. This is a 5-point increase starting in 2021. Summer vacations were booked by 69 percent of Thai visitors, up 25% from 2021. Despite the fact that the economy continues to be the top concern for visitors, 66 percent of Thai respondents said they will maintain or slightly reduce their travel spending. This summer, Thai tourists spent an average of 62,800 baht, up 18 percent from 2021. According to Marie Duchesne-Ferchal, Europ Assistance’s head of products and marketing, Thais are yearning to get free after being imprisoned for two years.

Thais are increasingly opting for ‘workations,’ according to the report. Seventy percent of Thais planning summer holidays said they will work while on the road. The findings of the current Europ Assistance poll contrast dramatically with statements made by Kangwal Holiday, a Thai tour firm, in April, indicating most Thais were still afraid to travel outside the country.

A survey indicated that more than half of Thai respondents intend to go outside the nation this year as Thailand recovers from the Covid-19 epidemic. According to Europ Assistance’s “2022 Holiday Barometer,” which was conducted between April 26 and May 16, almost 56% of 1,000 Thai respondents planned to vacation abroad this summer. This is a 7-point rise from 2021. These tourists are particularly interested in visiting Asian nations such as Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. Covid-19 regulations have been eased, which appears to be encouraging Thais to travel outside of the nation. We should expect even more Thais to follow this trend now that the Thailand Pass is set to expire in July.

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