Thailand will achieve its target 20 million tourist arrival by year end, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Ministry permanent-secretary Suwat Sidthilaw said 15 million tourists entered Thailand from January through September, an 8-per cent increase year-on-year reflecting performance for the first three-fourths of the calendar year.
He said the number of tourists will reach the targeted 20 million, as the last quarter is the high season period, and 900 charter flights will also fly to Thailand.Mr Suwat said the ministry goal for tourism revenue was set to reach Bt2 trillion in 2015.
Urgent issues to be dealt with to reach both objectives include illegal taxis and jet ski problems in the resort island of Phuket.
Other matters to attract more tourists are finding solutions to slow immigration processing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, as well as focusing on new markets such as ASEAN, eastern Europe, Latin America, the Baltic countries, and promoting Thai cultural activities at a world-class level. MCOT online news
tourists visiting Thailand from China reached 1.12m
In addition to revenue increases, Thailand’s arrivals are also hitting new highs.Data from the ministry showed that visitor numbers for the first six months of 2012 were up 7.21% year-on-year, reaching 8.87m. Total arrivals for January stood at 1.9m, which marked a new monthly record, while March had the highest year-on-year growth, at 11.99%. Buoyed by the figures, the ministry now expects total visitor numbers for 2012 to reach 20.5m.
Visitors from other East Asian countries have traditionally dominated Thailand’s tourism industry, with the highest numbers coming from Malaysia. However, according to the TAT, Malaysia moved into second place for the first time as China claimed the top spot for the January to June 2012 period.
The Bachelor Japan Season 4 showcases Thailand
Bangkok, 2 December, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Thailand features as the main location in the Japanese reality TV show ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, of which the first episode aired on 25 November, 2021.
In cooperation with the TAT Tokyo Office, a film crew from Amazon Prime Japan and YD Creation Japan comprising 65 actors, production staff, technicians and others travelled to Thailand to shoot for the show in the spectacular Southern provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi between April and June 2021.
A total of six out of the 10 60-minute episodes of ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’ were filmed in Thailand.
Aside from the valuable promotional exposure the destination will receive in Japan, a key source market for visitors from the Asian region, the foreign production also generated much-needed income and employment opportunities in the local tourism and film-related sectors of the three chosen locations.
Phuket, Phang-Nga’ and Krabi were among the first destinations in Thailand to reopen to tourism under the Sandbox programme, and the TAT Tokyo Office has capitalised on the interest of foreign filmmaking to promote the world-class tourist appeal and public health safety standards of these destinations.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “Popular TV shows like ‘The Bachelor’ are an effective way to deliver promotional messages directly to international markets, in this case Japan, which is among the 63 countries and territories from which fully vaccinated visitors can enter Thailand through the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) programme. With Thailand featuring so significantly in ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, this helps us to promote travel to Thailand now that entry rules are being relaxed and tourists are once again welcomed.”
Fully vaccinated visitors from every country around the world can also visit Thailand via the Living in the “Blue Zone” Sandbox destinations programme. Meanwhile, partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the Happy Quarantine programme. However, to prevent and control the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Thailand currently imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa.
Photo Credit: Instagram: @BachelorJapan外部リンク, @bachelorjap外部リンク
COVID-19 vaccine guide for travellers to Thailand
International travellers, including returning Thais and foreign residents, who are above 18 years of age should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.
Bangkok, Updated on 29 November, 2021.
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