9 million international arrivals expected by the end of the year
Prayut: spring in its approach
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is optimistic after hearing the kingdom is expected to welcome more than 9 million inbound international visitors and generate 1.27 trillion baht by the end of the year, the carrier said. government word Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.
The Prime Minister has been told of a turnaround in arrivals since the start of the year when the Covid-19 pandemic began to ease.
From January to June 28, 1.9 million visitors arrived in Thailand, generating 114 billion baht. The main arrivals by air are nationals of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the United States. Malaysian, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese nationals are among the main arrivals at land borders.
The cancellation of the Thailand pass requirement has revitalized cross-border trade, with the number of foreign travelers entering through border crossings rebounding to the highest levels in two years.
For example, the Sadao border crossing at Songkhla has seen an increase in immigration registrations by Malaysian and Singaporean nationals to around 5,000 per day. The border crossing is expected to welcome more than 100,000 foreign visitors this month.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports says about 2.7 million foreign visitors will visit Thailand from this month until the end of September.
In the last quarter, around 4.5 million foreign visitors are expected to arrive in the kingdom, making a total of 9.3 million foreign arrivals expected this year. In total, tourism receipts this year are expected to exceed 1.27 trillion baht.
Mr Thanakorn said the Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together) programme, now extended until the end of October, remains popular.
The promotion offers 1.5 million additional room nights to boost local tourism.
Mr Thanakorn said earlier that the expansion of the program would be funded from an estimated budget balance of 5.5 billion baht as of May 30. Of this figure, the government is expected to spend 5.1 billion baht to fund the expanded program.
The spokesperson warned that tourism businesses that join the program must not mark up the prices of their accommodation, entertainment services and meals.