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A Summary of the Tourism Situation in Thailand

November 28, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

International tourist arrivals in Thailand from January to October 2013 increased to 21.7 million, up by 22.3 percent over the same period of 2012.
The Cabinet, during its meeting on 25 November 2013 acknowledged a summary of tourist arrivals in Thailand during the 10-month period, submitted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

The Ministry stated that it had worked out the System of International Tourism Statistics by compiling information from various sources. The system will be used to set policies and planning for the country’s tourism development, in line with the Government’s objective to increase tourism revenue.

According to the summary, the number of international visitors in Thailand has increased steadily. Divided by region, they came mainly from East Asia, followed by Europe, and North America. The 10 largest groups of international visitors between January and October were from China, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Laos, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

The popularity of Thailand’s tourism destinations and its diverse tourism products and services were cited as major factors for steady tourism growth in the country. Other factors include the hospitality of the people, good value for money, and safety for tourists. The Ministry of Tourism said that impacts from the enforcement of China’s new tourism law, Thailand’s political situation, and crime might create a negative impact on the tourism situation in Thailand from November to December 2013.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization forecasts a growth in international tourist arrivals of between 3 percent and 4 percent in 2013. Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries.

Thailand’s tourism industry remains promising. Tourist arrivals in 2013 are expected to reach 26 million, bringing in 1.8 trillion baht. The Cabinet in October 2013 approved a proposal for the Office of Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice, to establish a tourist case group to allow special handling for cases involving visitors.

The project aims to expedite the judicial process for foreign tourists and provide them with better protection. At the initial stage, this pilot project has been carried out by seven courts of justice in major tourist destinations, namely Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui Island, Krabi, and two locations in Bangkok: Pathum Wan and Dusit districts. It is expected to help increase confidence in Thailand among international visitors.

As for the number of Thais traveling abroad, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported that, from January to October 2013, 5.84 million Thais visited foreign countries. The number represented an increase of 2.94 percent over the same period in 2012. East Asia has been cited as the most popular region for Thai tourists, the number of which is likely to continue to increase.

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