TCT bullish on Thai tourism

Posted on June 26, 2017

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Tourism Council of Thailand estimates international tourist arrivals to Thailand could reach 8.75 million during the third quarter, July to September, generating THB452,469 million in revenue.

Released last Thursday, the latest Thailand Tourism Confidence Index indicates a level of 102 in Q3 compared to the confidence benchmark of 100. The index is based on data from 600 tour agencies.

TCT president, Ittirit Kinglek, said the country’a tourism  in Q3 should be positive reaching 8.75 million international travellers, an increase of 6.38% over the same quarter last year.

The projection indicates East Asia would supply 3.95 million tourists (+7.20%), ASEAN 2.37 million visits (+7.73%) and Europe 1.27 million visits (+5.75%).

By the end of the year, the council estimates the country will welcome 35.13 million international travellers, an increase of 7.79% over last year. The visits should contribute THB1.82 trillion in tourism revenue up 9.79%.

The 35 million estimate for arrivals is a million more than a Ministry of Tourism and Sports estimate that suggested the year would close with 34 million.

TCT said that to strengthen the country tourism industry, the state should develop transport system to have more quality and improve safety and security measures. More support should be on hand for entrepreneurs who want to develop services using information technology (IT) such as reservation systems, public relations, business management, and business website design.

In addition, TCT called for a tourism master plan to determine the carrying capacity estimates for destinations and attractions and to secure ways to prevent the tourism industry from over extending its ability and capacity to deliver a quality product.

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