Published on : Tuesday, February 2, 2021
It is possible that Thailand could receive 5 million international arrivals this year, which is half the original forecast of 10 million with the pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on the tourism industry worldwide, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.
Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Thai tourism and sports minister said, “If we can attract 5 million tourists this year under the current circumstances that would be a success.”
Ratchakitprakarn said that to reach 10 million arrivals, a significant number of conditions would have to be met in both Thailand and origin countries for tourists.
“The number of travellers from long-haul destinations would be insufficient to reach the goal of 10 million arrivals,” said Mr. Ratchakitprakarn.
Only the Asian market can assist Thailand in attaining this goal, he said.
With mass vaccinations being rolled out worldwide, including Thailand, the Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to discuss with the prime minister and the Public Health Ministry about the possibility of including tourism workers in the early stages of the vaccination programme.
Thailand is scheduled to administer vaccines to high-risk members of the population from this month.
People employed in the tourism industry like hotel staff, drivers and workers at restaurants and spas based in major tourism destinations would be among the first groups to receive vaccinations, Mr. Ratchakitprakarn said.