Aviation brings high hopes for Thai tourism

Published on : Tuesday, November 8, 2016

aviation-bringsThailand’s tourism and sports ministry will highlight the country’s potential as an aviation hub in ASEAN for attracting more visitors and revenue. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s tourism and sports minister said that the global tourism growth rate is 4-5% a year, according to the UNWTO report, and this would undoubtedly benefit Thailand.

Korbkarn said that the ministry would use this opportunity to boost Thailand’s tourism prospects in a global level. The recent launch of flights by VietJet Air between Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai, and route expansion by AirAsia has actually benefited Thailand’s tourism industry. She said that Thailand has all possibilities to become an aviation hub and that tourism revenue in the last quarter of this year will reach 610 billion baht. Majority of this revenue will come from international travelers and the rest from domestic tourists.

Foreign tourist arrivals in the third quarter of the year stood at 8.2 million and generated revenue of 410 billion baht, going up by 14.8%. The ministry hopes that total tourism revenue will go up to 2.4 trillion baht.


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