TAT to fo­cus on eco­tourism

In­dia is one of the top 10 source mar­kets for Thai­land tourism, claimed Yuthasak Su­pa­sorn, Gover­nor, Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land (TAT), on his re­cent visit to the coun­try. He also shared the board’s plans to achieve the tar­get of 2 mil­lion ar­rivals from

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In­dia re­mains a prime source mar­ket for Thai­land with in­bound ar­rivals grow­ing to the tune of 20 per cent. Yuthasak

Su­pa­sorn, Gover­nor, Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land, says, “As one of our top 10 mar­kets, In­dia recorded a growth of about 20 per cent last year. We wel­comed around 1.5 mil­lion In­di­ans last year and hope to achieve our tar­get of 2 mil­lion by the end of this year.” Su­pa­sorn be­lieves that since In­dia is among the fastest grow­ing economies of the world, many of them are trav­el­ling to Thai­land, where their needs are be­ing catered to by the ser­vice providers. “Peo­ple in Thai­land can cater to the needs of In­di­ans not only for wed­dings but also for leisure. Hence, we be­lieve that Thai­land has ev­ery­thing that In­di­ans want.” He in­sisted that they are also trav­ellers from In­dia to Thai­land. “We want to pro­mote the Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, over 70 mil­lion In­dian peo­ple have pass­ports but only 22 mil­lion are vis­it­ing Thai­land. We want In­dia to Thai­land.” For 2019, the tourism board will be fo­cus­ing on its ex­ist­ing cam­paign ‘Open to new shades of Thai­land’. “We will con­tinue to fo­cus on the ex­ist­ing theme to in­tro­duce lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ences and a num­ber of new des­ti­na­tions to In­di­ans. We want to in­tro­duce In­di­ans to des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Chi­ang Mai, Chi­ang Rai and sea-side des­ti­na­tions like Phuket and Sa­mui is­land.” Claim­ing that MiCE is an im­por­tant seg­ment from In­dia to Thai­land. “We work with Thai­land Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Bureau (TCEB) in or­der to in­crease the num­ber of MiCE to Thai­land this year.” In fact, Thai­land is set to re­ceive a good num­ber of tourists from In­dia in the next few months ow­ing to the ex­ten­sion of visa-fee waiver till April 30, 2019. Speak­ing on the ex­ten­sion, Su­pa­sorn, said, “Thai­land will al­ways wel­come in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals, es­pe­cially from In­dia, be­cause when we ac­cept visa-on-ar­rival, one of two coun­tries from which we We be­lieve that un­til the end of April, we’d see a num­ber of In­di­ans vis­it­ing Thai­land.” Other seg­ments the coun­try is fo­cus­ing on in­clude se­nior ci­ti­zen travel, culi­nary tourism as well as eco­tourism and vol­un­tourism. “Vol­un­tourism is one of our ma­jor fo­cuses this year be­cause Thai­land be­came the chair­man of ASEAN, and TAT is set to pro­pose eco­tourism as the ASEAN,” he shared.

We want to pro­mote the first-time trav­eller to Thai­land. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, over 70 mil­lion In­dian peo­ple have pass­ports but only 22 mil­lion are vis­it­ing Thai­land

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