It will definitely be an exceptional year for Thailand tourism as the Kingdom just welcomed its 34th million international visitors a few days before 2017 comes to an end…
A few days ago, the Tourism Authority of Thailand proudly announced to have received 34 million international tourists. Just before Christmas, the tourism marketing authority sent a release celebrating the event. The lucky 34th million traveller was Ms. Yu-Chen Wang, the 34 millionth arrival to the Kingdom in 2017 was named ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, warmly welcomed by private sector tourism industry representatives and senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Ms. Wang arrived in Bangkok on December 22 on Thai Airways International’s Flight TG637 from Taipei, Taiwan. She planed to spend five days with her friends taking in the sights and soaking up local Thai experiences in Bangkok and Ayutthaya.
Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said 2017 has been an exceptionally good year for Thailand, which is ready to welcome the New Year with a range of exciting tourism events and activities under the action-packed Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018.
“We are grateful to Ms. Wang as well as millions of other visitors for making Thailand their preferred destination. TAT is committed to ensuring their visits are always memorable, and offer them the chance to ‘Open to the New Shades’ of tourism experiences each time they visit the Kingdom.”
It might still possible that Thailand reaches the magic mark of 35 million travellers before December 31 as December is the country busiest month for total arrivals. Even if the magic number is missed by a small fraction, the Thai tourism industry is poised to hit yet another new record after the arrival of Thailand’s 34 millionth visitor and 1.81 trillion baht (US$ 50 billion) for the full calendar year 2017.
TAT efforts with the new campaign ‘Open to the New Shades’- which will be the theme for the next TAT Newsroom Blogger 2018 Competition as well as the hosting of the ASEAN Travel Forum this coming January in Chiang Mai will give further impulsion to the tourism industry.