Following Japan’s natural and nuclear disasters last year, there has been a marked decrease not only in inflow of tourists but also for outflow of Japanese travelers going to foreign countries. The reason is fairly obvious because of the crisis that has been forced upon on Japan and its people. This can be especially observed in the Thai-Japan tourism situation.
Tourism records would show that Thai tourists travel to Japan from the months of March to May. Japanese tourists on the other hand go to Thailand for ten-day holidays in April to May. The Thai visitors’ cancellations of their planned trips to Japan were understandable. The percentage of about 20-30% cancellation by Japanese travelers to Thailand was still understandable because of the possibility that many regular Japanese travelers have been personally affected by the tragedy. Still, the decrease in numbers has affected the over-all Thai-Japan tourism scenario.
The marked improvement therefore in the number of Japanese visitors to Thailand at the start of this year is seen as a very positive development towards normalcy of tourism activities between the two countries. It should be noted that Japanese travelers come second to the Chinese in relation to the biggest groups that visit Thailand. A steady influx therefore of visitors from Japan spell good news for businesses in Thailand that depend on the lasix side effects tourism industry.
One such business is the Thai language school. It has been observed that the interest on learning the Thai language increases proportionately to the number of foreign visitors that come to the country. Fortunately, it would appear that Japanese travelers in general, have recovered and have resumed their usual plans for Thailand visits.
Inquiries with any Thai language school usually come from foreign visitors who intend to stay for an extended period of time in Thailand. It is quite common for tourists to obtain education visas in their desire to extensively study the Thai language. Language learning is important especially for frequent travelers like most of the Japanese tourists.