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Thailand predicting record year for tourism

Tourism bosses in Thailand expect 2017 to be a record year, as revenues from the sector are expected to continue their meteoric rise.

Last year saw the sector rake in $46 billion, a rise of 12% from 2015, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Sydney Director Rujiras Chatchalermkit, although 2017 is predicted to be even better.

In order to boost revenue, TAT is keen to shift the focus of the tourism sector in the country away from being a cheap destination for party-goers keen to experience the full-moon.

Instead, they wish to focus on offering a high-end tourism product that embraces the cultures and heritage of the country – part of this process has also seen TAT move from simply counting visitor numbers to measuring revenue.

Revenues are to set to receive a further boost this month as the Thailand Tourism Festival will be held in Bangkok to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

The event, between 25 and 29 January, is set to attract more than 650,000 visitors and generate upwards of $11.2 million.

TAT expects around 825,000 international visitors to travel to Thailand over the Chinese New Year, although visitor numbers from China are expected to be less this year than last.

As Thailand has never been colonized, it’s packed full of cultural and historical sites, while it’s clear blue waters, stunning beaches and fantastic cuisine provide further reasons for visiting.

It’s a country with something to suit every budget, as you can find cheap beach front settings and hostels right up to luxury hotels.

There are a number of popular destinations in Thailand, including Ko Phi Phi, renowned for its golden beaches, scuba diving, snorkelling, and crystal clear seas.

Bangkok is packed with things to see and do, but perhaps the most popular of all is the Grand Palace on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Home to the kings of the country, the walled complex also contains the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, among other sights.

If exploring nature is more your thing, then you’ll want to visit the complex of islands that make up the Mu Ko Chang National Park.

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Date Created: 24/01/2017

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