Thailand Visited by a Record Number of Tourists

Posted on February 12, 2013


At Absolute Thai, our Luxury Life Magazine, we are constantly promoting Thailand as one of the best places on earth to visit for a memorable holiday. And it seems that more and more people are choosing to believe us.


New research released last month revealed that a record-breaking number of visitors came to the Land of Smiles between January and December 2012. A staggering 22 million people came to Thailand last year, which is around 15 per cent more than in 2011.

The figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in January came as welcome news to us here at Absolute Thai, one of the country’s premier Luxury Life Magazines.

They were also welcomed by the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Suraphon Svetasreni, a veteran of the travel industry who was appointed to the post last year.

He said: “We are overjoyed to have achieved this result in the year the people of Thailand commemorated the 85th birthday of His Majesty the King.

“It is also a tribute to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel & tourism industry for the huge effort that has been made to ensure that travel & tourism remains a leading industry for job creation, distribution of income nationwide and contribution to culture, heritage and environmental preservation.”

According to Mr Svetasreni, the main reason for this unprecedented growth in tourism was the result of increased stability across the globe.

“Last year, the world was generally at peace and there were no major geopolitical, economic, environmental or natural disasters and no health pandemics. Travel & tourism can only flourish worldwide if the underlying conditions that support it remain free of disturbance and disruption. That is one of the most important lessons for the entire industry to learn worldwide.”

Its multitude of golden beaches and emerald blue sea makes Thailand the ideal destination for a luxury holiday. But the country has so much more to offer than its beautiful coastline and exotic islands.

For example, many come to discover the hot springs dotted around the country, which are described in this month’s edition of our award winning Thai Magazine. Others come to enjoy Thailand’s selection of first class golf courses, which are also highlighted in our most recent edition of our Thai Magazine.

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