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Thailand overwhelmed by influx of foreign tourists
By English News

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BANGKOK, April 11 – The Thai travel industry has called on the government to urgently increase the number of personnel in the tourism business to cope with surging numbers of foreign visitors to Thailand.

Thongyoo Suphavittayakorn, an executive board member of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), reported a record number of foreign tourists from late last year until next week’s Songkran or traditional Thai New Year festival.

If foreign tourists keep on visiting Thailand at a steady rate, the country should see an increase by 15-20 per cent this year, he said.

He is concerned about insufficient facilities and personnel including coaches and tour guides to service foreign tourists.

Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Hua Hin, Samui and Chiang Mai are most popular destinations among tourists.

Mr Thongyoo said the Thai travel industry is short of the necessary labour force and agencies concerned should speed up producing human resources in this field.

The highest number of foreign visitors is from China, followed by Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

He said Suvarnabhumi Airport served more than 51 million people last year and the number will likely increase to 55 million this year, while it is technically capable of servicing 45 million passengers annually. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2013-04-11

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So much for the dire predictions by the experts on TV as to how the strong Baht would result in no tourists. 29 Baht to the USD, and record setting tourism!

Next TV theory? "Rugby fans stop drinking beer due to tiny little price increase."

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Certainly on Koh Chang over the past few weeks - it's noticeable that the greatest numbers are either Thais, Chinese and Russian. However, to say that the place is overwhelmed is not exactly accurate, and may of the local restaurants and bars are still struggling, as a lot of these tourists are not spending much when they get here - witness the amount of Eskies etc being carried onto the beach. Tesco and 7/11 though seem to be doing a roaring trade. I went out for dinner last night, in Lonely Beach and most of it was like a ghost town.

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Maybe hire some foreign tour guides?

Where else to magically find people with language skills at short notice?

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Hire? No way.

Add them to foreigner groups that TAT want to work illegally for free as per the voluntourism nonsense from the other tourism thread today.

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The highest number of foreign visitors is from China, followed by Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Interesting to see that the tourists mostly come from China and other parts of Asia. and someone told me they are all from the west.

lets hope they get some staff that speaks Chinese.

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The highest number of foreign visitors is from China, followed by Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Interesting to see that the tourists mostly come from China and other parts of Asia. and someone told me they are all from the west.

lets hope they get some staff that speaks Chinese.

Top 20 Most visiting nationalities............

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Thailand#Annual_statistics

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The highest number of foreign visitors is from China, followed by Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Interesting to see that the tourists mostly come from China and other parts of Asia

lets hope they get some staff that speaks Chinese.

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As they are often height-challenged and constitute the biggest group of visiting tourists, the TAT should specifically add Chinese volunteers to come to Thailand at their own expense and act as tourism guides for their

"The Little Big Project".

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