Tourist arrivals to Thailand have continued to set new records in 2017, with 26.1 million arrivals up to the end of September, an increase of 5.2% y-o-y. Around 28% of tourist arrivals this year have come from China, with Q3 2017 arrivals up 11% y-o-y.

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists has greatly benefitted retailers in Bangkok and Thailand’s major resort destinations. This ViewPoint by CBRE Thailand Research explains Thailand’s popularity as a shopping destination for Chinese tourists; analyses Chinese tourists’ spending patterns and its impact on retailers; and identifies the strategies adopted by retail landlords seeking to capitalise on the rapid growth in Chinese arrivals.