Thai tourism projected to show good growth in first half of 2016

Bangkok, 15 June, 2016 – The Thai tourism industry is projected to record international visitor arrivals of 16.67 million in January-June 2016, which will be up 13% over the same period of 2015. Projected earnings are estimated at 824 billion Baht, up 17%.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, made the announcement at a press conference on the Thailand Tourism Situation in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2016. The event was held at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel.

Also present at the media conference were Mr. Ittirit Kinglake, President of the Tourism Council of Thailand, Mr. Charoen Wangananont, President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, and Mrs. Supawan Tanomkiatipume, President of the Thai Hotels Association.

Mr. Yuthasak said “In the first half of 2016, Thailand is projected to record 1.24 trillion Baht in tourism receipts, covering both international and domestic tourism. International visitor arrivals are projected at 16.67 million, up by 13% over the first half of 2015, generating an estimated 824 billion Baht in tourism receipts (+17%). Domestic travel is projected to generate over 75 million trips, up 4% over the first half of 2015, generating an estimated 416 billion Baht in tourism receipts (+6%).”

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