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Published on : Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Thai tourism industry is expected to grow in the second and third quarters of 2017, due to developing domestic economy and influx of tourists seeking to avoid visiting high risk regions. Ittirit Kinglake, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) said that Thailand is expected to receive 8.04 million international tourists during the second quarter of this year, which would be 6.4% increase from the same period of 2016. The TCT said that it expects to welcome 35.1 million foreign tourists by 2017, fetching more than 1.82 trillion baht. A stronger economy is expected with tourists choosing to visit Thailand over high risk zones like the Middle East, Taiwan and South Korea.
Pongpanu Svetarundra, permanent secretary of the Tourism and Sports Ministry, said 10 cruise operators, including Princess Cruise, Royal Caribbean, Costa, Cunard, Star Cruise, P&O and Holland America Line Group, are adding Thailand to their routes. Mr Pongpanu said the government is developing major ports at Bangkok, Laem Chabang and Phuket to accommodate cruises. These ports are expected to meet international standards within the next five years.
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