Thailand today welcomed the 25 millionth visitor, who arrived in the kingdom at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, to a special greeting ceremony jointly organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Airports of Thailand, the Immigration Bureau, Thai Airways International (THAI) and True Corporation.
Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the TAT Board of Directors said, “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the 25 millionth visitor. Thailand now enters the usual peak season and we look forward to welcoming the next few millionth visitors between this month and December. November boasts the impressive festival of lights or Loi Krathong while December is the month of many celebrations, especially the highly-anticipated ‘Bike for Dad 2015’ in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of his 88th Birthday Anniversary.”
Mr. Ian Andrew Mcculloch from Scotland, United Kingdom, was granted the “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” certificate, two economy-class return tickets from and to Thailand valid for one year, a voucher for a five-night stay at a luxury accommodation, and a mobile phone with a 4G sim-card and seven-day Internet usage.
The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” welcoming events are part of the TAT’s “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign, which showcases Thailand’s most charming attractions: diversity of destinations, the spicy flavours of Thai food, the colour of Thai traditions, festivals and culture, and the friendliness of the Thai people. The “millionth tourist” welcoming activity has been such a success that it has now been extended to 31 December, 2015, to celebrate one of Thailand’s best ever years in terms of tourist arrivals.
Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the TAT Board of Directors (5th from left), Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas (3rd from left), Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (4th from right), Mrs. Pataraporn Sithivanich, TAT Executive Director for the Americas Region (2nd from left), Ms. Patchara Pornyuthapong, Deputy General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport (5th from right), Mrs. Pornkamol Amnucksoradeja, THAI’s Manager Special Service Department (6th from right) and Mr. Piroon Paireepairit, True Corporation’s Director of Government Business Sector (3rd from right) during the ceremony to welcome Mr. Ian Andrew Mcculloch (7th from left) who is Thailand’s 25 millionth visitor for 2015.
Mr. Kalin said, “TAT sees that this accomplishment will help us achieve our target for this year. Already we have surpassed last year’s total number of 24.8 million international tourists. Furthermore, in rewarding our special visitor is our way of saying thanks to them for selecting Thailand as his holiday destination, and we believe that this project will also help to encourage more tourist to our country.”
According to the preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand welcomed a total of 24.36 million visitors in the first 10 months of 2015, up 24.75% year-on-year, raising hopes that arrivals this year will be well over the target of 28.8 million.