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Tourism Industry Expected to Generate Bt600 Bln This Year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is confident that the improvement of the local political situation will help push foreign tourist arrivals to reach the target of 17 million for the whole year. Achieving the targeted number of visitors would result in 600 billion baht in revenue for the country.

Tourism Authority of Thailand, or TAT, Governor Surapol Svetserani, said the tourism industry has made a remarkable recovery from last year's political crisis, and if there is no further political violence, the TAT is confident that Thailand will welcome up to 16.8 to 17 million foreign visitors this year, bringing at least 600 billion baht into the country.

He further said more foreign tourists, particularly from Asian countries like Japan, are visiting Thailand.

As for this rainy season, Surapol said the TAT plans to organize several activities to promote domestic tourism. He estimated domestic tourism will generate at least 430 to 450 billion baht in revenue this year.

Surapol added that risk factors like political instability and natural disasters may hurt foreign tourists' confidence. However, he is hoping that the upcoming general election will proceed smoothly, as it would help increase foreign confidence in Thailand.

The TAT governor today presided over a ceremony to present an award to Marco Sturio from Switzerland, who is the winner of the “Most Amazing Show on Earth,” an article and photo competition. The contest saw participants from all across the globe sharing their travel stories and unique and memorable experiences about Thailand in the form of photo essays. The winning entries can be seen on www.tourismthailand.org.

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-- Tan Network 2011-06-17

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As for this rainy season, Surapol said the TAT plans to organize several activities to promote domestic tourism.

So what's he gonne do,count the victims that have to flee their flooded homes as tourists.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is confident that the improvement of the local political situation will help push foreign tourist arrivals to reach the target of 17 million for the whole year.

It's very comforting to know that the local political situation will be improved for the rest of the year -- for awhile I have been worrying about the potential for problems after the election. Thanks, TAT!

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this is counting border crossers ( workers) from purma?

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GREAT. I guess Thai tourism industry won't need the 100m baht that one grafter wanted to piss down a rat hole to every region for purposes of "promotion" then...

Problem SOLVED! Sounds like there never was one.

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TAT: Japanese tourists returning to Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 June 2011 (NNT) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reported that the number of Japanese visitors in Thailand is rebounding while expecting the total number of foreign tourists this year to reach 15.5-16.8 million.

According to TAT Governor Surapol Svetasreni, 8.2 million foreigners have traveled to Thailand since January 2011, increasing by 24.36 percent from the same period last year. Visitors from disaster-stricken Japan have also started to return to the Kingdom with a 10 percent rise in their number during the first five months of this year.

The TAT anticipates as many as 15.5-16.8 million foreign tourists within Thailand throughout this year, generating about 600 billion THB of income. Domestic tourism is also expected to create a circulation of 430 billion THB.

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TAT is confident that Thailand will welcome up to 16.8 to 17 million foreign visitors this year, bringing at least 600 billion baht into the country

Which works out to an average spend of 36,000 baht per visitor. Which in turn, taking into account the average length of stay, means the average hasn't moved significantly in years. So much for luring the "high-quality tourists" in significant numbers. And given the strengthening of the baht against most foreign currencies, it may actually be a step backwards.

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Around US$1000-1200 per head... Always make me wonder why the TAT always want more *high dollar* tourists, with 18 million of the *other type* rocking up they're not going to moving the average up.

Doesn't matter how much they spend per day, they will always spend more... if they stay LONGER!

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Possibly someone can tell me where all these tourists go.

In Chiang Mai over the past 5 years there has been a steady decline in the tourist trade irrespective of what the figures state. This is very evident to Thai and foreign business owners.

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As for this rainy season, Surapol said the TAT plans to organize several activities to promote domestic tourism.

So what's he gonne do,count the victims that have to flee their flooded homes as tourists.

The political situation --well no one knows what will happen--it's IFF's-- TAT every month you come out with these predictions/expectations and ridiculous figures. HAVE you asked why Asians are arriving? and why Europeans are not.

One thing is NEW Asians are not aware of the rip offs here as they are mollycoddled in group tours and rarely see Thailand. The Europeans are now more aware of the rip offs - half that stay here on holidays get the message after their first visit, not many word of mouth recommendations, the others here are aware-speak about them but NO ONE from TAT does anything about it, and if they know and getting good money to promote, they fail to do their job.

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How important is tourism to Thailand?

A rough percentage for example.. my friend says it's very small... but I'm unsure..

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How important is tourism to Thailand?

A rough percentage for example.. my friend says it's very small... but I'm unsure..

Between 6% and 8% of GDP, it depends how you calculate it.

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How important is tourism to Thailand?

A rough percentage for example.. my friend says it's very small... but I'm unsure..

Between 6% and 8% of GDP, it depends how you calculate it.

What are the big contributors to GDP then? Just curious

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As for this rainy season, Surapol said the TAT plans to organize several activities to promote domestic tourism.

So what's he gonne do,count the victims that have to flee their flooded homes as tourists.

The political situation --well no one knows what will happen--it's IFF's-- TAT every month you come out with these predictions/expectations and ridiculous figures. HAVE you asked why Asians are arriving? and why Europeans are not.

One thing is NEW Asians are not aware of the rip offs here as they are mollycoddled in group tours and rarely see Thailand. The Europeans are now more aware of the rip offs - half that stay here on holidays get the message after their first visit, not many word of mouth recommendations, the others here are aware-speak about them but NO ONE from TAT does anything about it, and if they know and getting good money to promote, they fail to do their job.

Maybe because it the NEW Asians who have the money and the Europeans are suffering because of recession?

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