Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017
The government and private tourism operators need to work closely for developing tourism infrastructure and facilities for accommodating growing number of foreign tourists to Thailand. To quote Chanin Donavanik, chairman of the executive committee at Dusit Thani Plc, “Thailand has a lot of tourism potential and tourist arrivals could rise as high as 100 million, the same level as France, if we have better infrastructure.” The UNWTO reported that France had more than 85 million foreign tourists last year.
Mr Chanin said Thailand needs to improve international and domestic airports to have enough capacity to support a sharp rise of foreign tourists in the near future. Last year, the country welcomed 32.5 mil.lion foreign tourists. Also, the immigration process at international airports needs to be convenient. Mr. Chanin said, “The Thai tourism industry will have more opportunities if the country can boost its infrastructure capability and solve long immigration lines at major airports.” Thailand has few tourist destinations. Hence, the government needs to create new tourist destinations. Mr. Chanin said, the improving ASEAN economy and growth of the middle class, which will reach 200-300 million in the region by 2020, will benefit Thai tourism. Of that middle class, some 80% is expected to travel across ASEAN. He expects that the number of ASEAN tourists visiting Thailand this year will exceed Chinese tourists and hopes that the government crackdown on zero-dollar tour operators will improve the image of Thailand. A book called Thailand Tourism: The Early Days that starts with the 1950s was launched by Mr. Chanin and his partners yesterday and he hopes that this book will help in preserving stories of early pioneers in the tourism industry and inspire a new generation of hospitality workers to follow their footsteps.
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