Thailand breaks record with 30 million tourists

Country forecasts international tourism revenues of €42bn
Thailand has set a new record, breaking the 30 million barrier for international visitors for the first time for one year. Its previous record was last year’s 29.88 million visitors.
Chinese national Huang Junyi was pulled out of the arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok after flying in from Guangzhou.
She was greeted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways and given a prize of two economy return tickets to Thailand and a hotel stay for five nights.
“This has been an amazing year for tourism in amazing Thailand as shown by the huge numbers of visitors,” proclaimed TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
“We have reached 30 million and the high season has only just kicked off. We know that more people will be coming to enjoy the weather and holiday festivities.”
However, the authority has previously said it is measuring success not on volume but on value. The board forecasts that international tourism revenues will rise 11.7% to THB1.62 trillion (€42 billion) for this year.
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