Bangkok is again the world’s most-visited city for the fourth consecutive year, beating out Paris and London. The rankings are compiled annually by Mastercard. Welcoming around 22.7 million international visitors, Bangkok ranked as the top destination for global travellers this year.
Many of Bangkok’s visitors originate from these top five destinations, listed in order: Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, India and the United Kingdom. Popular attractions include the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and for a day trip outside the city, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
According to the listing, Bangkok was host to more than 22 million international overnight travellers. Paris and London were in second and third place with just over over 19 million overnight stayers each. Other Asian cities in the Top 10 include Singapore at #5 and KL at #6, and Tokyo at #9. South east Asia’s other popular tropical destination, Bali, came in at #19.
The Mastercard Index, which expanded this year to look at global 162 cities, is not simply a ranking of the top travel destinations. Based on visitor volume and spend for the 2018 calendar year, the in-depth analysis also provides a growth forecast for 2019.
London was the only city in the top 10 cities to score a drop in international overnight visitors declining almost 4%. Tokyo is forecast to have the largest growth in arrivals this year, an increase of 10% to more than 14 million.
Phuket and Pattaya also scored in the top 20 most popular locations this year, #14 and #15 respectively.
Thailand’s tourism industry on some measures accounts for about a fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product. A boom in the sector fizzled this year as the baht strengthened and the global economy slowed.
Top 10 cities ranked by 2018 visitor numbers
1. Bangkok, Thailand: 22.78 million international overnight visitors
2. Paris, France: 19.10 million international overnight visitors
3. London, England: 19.09 million international overnight visitors
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 15.93 million international overnight visitors
5. Singapore: 14.67 million international overnight visitors
6. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 13.79 million international overnight visitors
7. New York City, USA: 13.60 million international overnight visitors
8. Istanbul, Turkey: 13.40 million international overnight visitors
9. Tokyo, Japan: 12.93 million international overnight visitors
10. Antalya, Turkey: 12.41 million international overnight visitors
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More arrest warrants issued over Bangkok’s August bomb attacks
PHOTO: Voice of America
The Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for five more suspects yesterday over their alleged involvement in the simultaneous bomb and arson attacks in Bangkok back on August 2.
Police presented evidence against them to the court yesterday to obtain warrants for their arrest. They are accused of being members of an unlawful syndicate and collaborating to carry out, or tell others to carry out, terror attacks, attempting to and having launched bomb attacks to harm others and damage others’ properties.
Earlier, police investigators have obtained arrest warrants against 13 other suspects. The Nation lists the current list of suspects awaiting arrest…
1 ) Ammari Maming
2 ) Assamee Abuwae
3 ) Ussaman Pohlor
4 ) Mayaki Malasing
5 ) Sattha Ahwae
6 ) Ussaman Jehteh
7 ) Sukree Duraman
8 ) Hakeem Punyung
9 ) Hasae Baeloh
10 ) Nassaru Maprasit
11 ) Ussaman Lateh
12 ) Hasan Ahwae
13 ) Mayusoh Hayisamah.
Police investigators have arrested three suspects, namely Lu-ai Saengae, Wildun Maha, and Muhammadilhum Sa-i. Lu-ai and Wildun were arrested on board a bus in Chumphon early on August 2 after the bombs they allegedly planted in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters were detected on August 1 and were safely disabled.
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14% of condos around Bangkok are empty – good time to buy
Looking for a condo around Bangkok? Now might the right time to take the plunge with the head of the Appraisal and Estate Agents Foundation saying some areas have between 8-14% vacancy rates, some areas of Bangkok up to 17.5%.
Dr Sophon Pornchokchai made the remarks at a news conference yesterday.
“Adding developer price wars, plus inducements to purchase, this represents a buyers’ market.”
He says the figures relate to condos, single houses, townhouses and other dwellings where less than 15 units of electricity were being used, deeming them to be classified as ‘unoccupied’.
Around Bangkok there are 525,889 such vacant properties.
The top three areas for vacancies were Nonthaburi (north west of the central area) with 335,421 available properties with 45,848 unoccupied or 14%. This percentage was also true of Bang Na (south east of Bangkok) with 231,192 properties, 31,289 unoccupied. Bang Yai – to the far north west of the capital – has 221,492 with 28,016 unoccupied or 13%.
Locations with the lowest unoccupied dwellings are Bang Plee (south east) with 8% unoccupied, Min Buri (north) 9% and Lat Krabang (south east) 9%.
Dr Sophon says that when it comes to condos in Bangkok and the surrounding areas, between 13.5% and 17.5% are unoccupied.
“This glut has prompted a selling war with discounts and deals.”
FazWaz‘s CEO Brennan Campbell says that we’re in part of the buying cycle right now that is definitely in the buyer’s favour.
“Long-term, the Bangkok market continues to show its strength, but there is definitely an enormous range of property to choose from, in almost every location, right now. The current dip in demand is just part of the cycle.”
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Robber steals Thailand Post van, then robs gold shop in Bangkok
A man dressed up in a Thailand Post uniform has got away with gold necklaces valued around 70,000 baht. He robbed the gold shop in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan and then fled in a Thailand Post van. Samut Prakan includes the southern and south-eastern suburbs of greater Bangkok.
It was revealed later that Thailand Post had reported the van stolen the night before and that the robber wasn’t an employee, despite using the uniform as a costume.
The incident happened this morning at the Aurora Gold and Jewellery shop about 10am. The shop is part of the Thai Watsadu store on Theparat Road.
09.41 น.คนร้ายจี้ชิงทรัพย์สร้อยคอทองคำ ร้านทองออโรร่า ภายในร้านไทยวัสดุ ถ.บางนา-ตราด จ.สมุทรปราการ คนร้ายชาย 1 ราย ใช้รถยนต์ทะเบียน 1 ฒน 150 กทม. ก่อเหตุ เส้นทางหลบหนีเข้าเขตนครบาล พื้นที่ สภ.บางแก้ว Cr.ผู้สื่อข่าวอาชญากรรม #ร่วมด้วยช่วยกัน pic.twitter.com/gMu1tmlLYb
— ร่วมด้วยช่วยกัน (@Ruamduay) September 19, 2019
A gold shop employee told police that the man placed what looked like a Thailand Post parcel on the shop’s front counter shouting that it contained a bomb. He was carrying a gun and threatened staff telling them to put gold necklaces in his bag. Police report that the white Toyota escape van with Thailand Post logos belonged to a nearby Post branch in Bang Phli. The van was stolen from the post office last night.
Police are searching for the man.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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