Tourist arrivals in Thailand jump 23%

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grand_palaceInternational tourist arrivals in Thailand between January and September 2013 increased 23 per cent over the same period of 2012, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Suwat Sidthilaw, said at a presentation of a new report on tourism statistics on October 1.

Suwat said that 19.67 million international tourists visited Thailand during the nine-month period. Out of this number, China was the largest group of tourist arrivals, with an increase of 92.9 per cent, followed by Malaysia, with an increase of 19.9 per cent, and Japan, with a rise of 15.4 per cent. International tourist arrivals during the period brought in 863.12 million baht ($20.5 billion) in tourism income, accounting for an increase of 23 per cent over the same period of 2012.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports believes that Thailand would be able to welcome 26 million international visitors throughout 2013. Achieving this, Thailand would highly likely dethrone Malaysia as the number one tourism destination in Southeast Asia.

A total of 22.3 million foreigners visited Thailand in 2012. Chinese tourists formed the largest group, followed by Malaysians, Russians, Japanese, Koreans, British and Germans.

Suwat also gave suggestions how to improve the numbers further. For example, longer tourist visas should be granted to tourists seeking a long-stay visit in Thailand. More foreign filmmakers should be encouraged to use Thailand as a location for shooting films.

Destinations within Thailand that received the most tourists (more than 500,000 international visitors each) were Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi and Songkhla.

The Ministry of Finance is now studying tax incentives and other investment promotions for tourism investments. The Ministry of Transport has been tasked “to urgently ease” congestion at both Suvarnabhumi and Phuket airports. Tourist police and the Ministry of Public Health were told to focus on the safety of tourists.

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International tourist arrivals in Thailand between January and September 2013 increased 23 per cent over the same period of 2012, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Suwat Sidthilaw, said at a presentation of a new report on tourism statistics on October 1.

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grand_palaceInternational tourist arrivals in Thailand between January and September 2013 increased 23 per cent over the same period of 2012, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Suwat Sidthilaw, said at a presentation of a new report on tourism statistics on October 1.

Suwat said that 19.67 million international tourists visited Thailand during the nine-month period. Out of this number, China was the largest group of tourist arrivals, with an increase of 92.9 per cent, followed by Malaysia, with an increase of 19.9 per cent, and Japan, with a rise of 15.4 per cent. International tourist arrivals during the period brought in 863.12 million baht ($20.5 billion) in tourism income, accounting for an increase of 23 per cent over the same period of 2012.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports believes that Thailand would be able to welcome 26 million international visitors throughout 2013. Achieving this, Thailand would highly likely dethrone Malaysia as the number one tourism destination in Southeast Asia.

A total of 22.3 million foreigners visited Thailand in 2012. Chinese tourists formed the largest group, followed by Malaysians, Russians, Japanese, Koreans, British and Germans.

Suwat also gave suggestions how to improve the numbers further. For example, longer tourist visas should be granted to tourists seeking a long-stay visit in Thailand. More foreign filmmakers should be encouraged to use Thailand as a location for shooting films.

Destinations within Thailand that received the most tourists (more than 500,000 international visitors each) were Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi and Songkhla.

The Ministry of Finance is now studying tax incentives and other investment promotions for tourism investments. The Ministry of Transport has been tasked “to urgently ease” congestion at both Suvarnabhumi and Phuket airports. Tourist police and the Ministry of Public Health were told to focus on the safety of tourists.

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