Khao San business operators expect 20% growth during 2012 Songkran


BANGKOK, 28 March 2012  – Business operators on the famous Khao San Road are hopeful that tourist growth during the upcoming Songkran holidays will be as high as 20 percent. 

President of the Khao San Business Association, Prasit Singdamrong, said on Tuesday that, he expects the number of Thai and foreign tourists on Khao San Road during the Songkran holidays to surge between 20 and 30 percent, when compared with the same time of last year.

This year, the Thai New Year festival runs from April 13th to 16th.

Mr. Prasit said that, with some 200,000 tourists forecast on this famous strip during the 4-day holidays, the revenue growth target is set at 20 percent from last year, to around 100 million baht.

However, he conceded that the number of European visitors to Khao San has fallen slightly, as many decided to visit other parts of the country, such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang Nga and Samui.

At the same time, the street has recently seen more tourists from within the country and from other Asian nations, including Taiwan, Japan, India and Indonesia.