Posted on 05 January 2010.
The number of foreign tourists this year is expected to reach 16 million as targeted if there are no serious political disturbances nor epidemics, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Speaking on the first day of assuming the TAT governorship, Governor Surapon Sawetseeranee said he would attempt to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the target set by Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa.
“Unless there is political chaos or epidemics, the number of foreign tourists will edge up to 15-15.5 million against the target number of 14 million,” he said.
For local tourism, the target number of local tourists is expected to reach 90 million with combined revenues of Bt430 billion this year.
He said strategies to attract foreign tourists are to expand, maintain, and retrieve the 3 groups of markets including ASEAN, Oceania (Australia-New Zealand and the Pacific) and China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Canada where there are several million targeted foreign tourists.
The TAT chief added that the New Year celebrations this year were more joyful than those of last year, which could help boost tourism.
The New Year celebrations generated incomes of at least Bt3.2 billion. Of this, Bt1.1 billion came from foreign tourists and Bt2.1 billion baht from domestic tourists.
Thailand’s most favored destinations are major provinces including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phuket, Songkla, Samui and Pattaya. (PNA/TNA)
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Posted on 23 August 2009.
Two major events are to be held in Bangkok at the end of September 2009 to capitalize on the global popularity of Thai cuisine, boost exports of Thai agricultural products, and help visitors enjoy a higher quality of culinary experience across the vast range of dining options in the kingdom.
The two major food events “Amazing Taste of Thailand” and “Thailand Brand” will be held concurrently between September 24-28, 2009, jointly organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Department of Export Promotion, Thai Hotels Association, Association of Domestic Travel, and Thai Restaurant Association.
Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, the TAT’s deputy governor for marketing communications said, “The promotion of Thai cuisine is one of the TAT’s top-most priorities, because it builds bridges between travel and tourism, the country’s largest service industry, with agriculture, the largest overall industry.”
Thai cuisine is popular all over the world because it is nutritious, delicious, and inexpensive.
According to Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, there are plans to increase the number of Thai restaurants overseas from 13,000 locations in 2009 to 15,000 locations in 2010 as part of the second phase of Thailand’s “Kitchen of the World” project, aimed at boosting Thai food exports. Read the full story
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Posted on 03 July 2009.
The political instability and street demonstrations early this year have adversely affected Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry as visitor arrivals in the first four months totalled 4.7 million, down 14.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that while most markets showed varying rates of decline, arrivals from the Middle East grew by almost 11.5 percent and arrivals from South Asia were up 3.6 percent.
In 2008, Thailand welcomed about 14.59 million international visitors, a growth of only 0.88 per cent, and for 2009, it has scaled down its target to 13.3 million and 14 million in 2010.
In a statement today, TAT said as part of efforts to expedite the revival of the Thai travel and tourism industry, the Thai government had agreed to extend the exemption of the fee for tourist visa applications until March 4, 2010.
Thailand presently gives a visa on arrival for citizens of 20 countries for a stay not exceeding 15 days, while citizens of another 42 countries are allowed visa-free stay of not more than 30 days.
TAT chairman Weerasak Kowsurat said as a result of the global economic downturn, the worldwide travel and tourism sector had declined as people became more cautious about spending on leisure and business travel. Read the full story
Posted in Thailand, Tourism News, travel advisory, Travel Business News
Posted on 15 February 2009.
Holidaymakers all over the world can now visit a new website that gives them the latest information about the tourism situation on the ground in Thailand.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the “Thailand Tourism Update” website (www.tourismthailand.org/thailandtourismupdate).
The site aims to ensure tourists an enjoyable journey within Thailand by keeping them informed with latest updates.
There will also be information geared for special interest tourists and repeat visitors. Read the full story
Posted in Asia, Thailand
Posted on 21 January 2009.
In an attempt to shore up Thailand’s battered tourism industry, the Thai Cabinet on Tuesday approved measures to support the sector by waiving visa fees for foreign tourists for three months.
Deputy government spokesman Putthipong Punnakan said measures the measures would cause the government to lose Bt800 million in tourism revenue.
Moreover, Airports of Thailand (AoT) and the Aviation Department will lower airline landing and departure fees by 20 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. The landing fee for chartered flights will be reduced by half, he said.
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AoT will pay Bt500 million to help compensate for the loss in revenue which is intended to encourage airlines to lower their fares.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will allow visitors free entry to visit national parks nationwide for two years. The government will pay Bt250 million as compensation to the Department.
The Cabinet also approved increasing advance crop mortgages on agricultural products by another Bt13.580 billion. Of the total, Bt12.625 billion will come from loans and the rest from the government subsidies.
The funds will be invested in a government-sponsored mortgage program for corn for animal feeds, oil palm and rubber, he said.
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