Thailand confident of hitting arrival targets

Recent bombings are not stopping flows of tourists
Despite recent setbacks, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is confident that arrival targets set for this year will be surpassed.
“Thailand will exceed this year’s targets for visitor numbers and looks set to generate over 2.58 trillion baht (€66.5 billion) from the tourism sector, up 14% over 2015”, the authority claims, based on the momentum of the first three quarters of this year.
For the first nine months of 2016, tourism is expected to generate 1.88 trillion baht for the Thai economy, a 14% year-on-year increase, according to TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
Of that, 1.25 trillion baht (up 17%) has been raised by over 24 million international arrivals (up 13%), with another 629 billion baht (up 6%) coming from domestic tourism with 111 million trips being taken by locals (up 4%).
The recent bombings that took place at destinations throughout Thailand is unlikely to harm the trend, TAT and members of the trade think, due to the resilience of the industry and the support garnered from leading tourism stakeholders.
“This positive outlook is based on the strong confidence that both tourists and the world’s most respected organisations, such as the UNWTO and WTTC, have in Thailand as a safe and enjoyable destination,” Yuthasak said.
Contributing factors to the prospects for growth in the October-December period include the fact that Thailand is entering the high season with forward bookings for air travel to Thailand already showing an 8% increase.
New air links established include Russia (Moscow, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg), the Middle East (Tehran, Dubai and Doha) and Asia (Hong Kong, Mandalay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane).
In addition, on October 1-9 a total of 39 chartered flights with 7,594 seats have confirmed services to Bangkok and Phuket from nine cities in China.
Also looking ahead, Thailand will be hosting events such as UNWTO World Tourism Day on September 27 and the WTTC Global Summit in April 2017.
TTG Asia

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