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Indians eyed for industry recovery

BANGKOK: After attracting more than 100,000 tourists from India since January, the government expects that number to hit 500,000 by the end of the year.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 30 May 2022, 10:01AM

Indian tourists in Pattaya in 2018. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Indian tourists in Pattaya in 2018. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday (May 29) they could bring in revenue of B22.5 billion.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is aiming to attract 3,000 Indian arrivals a day through various promotions, including opening new routes between India and different parts of the country, such as an India-Chiang Mai route, he said.

Wedding tourism is another area TAT believes holds strong appeal to the Indian market, reports the Bangkok Post. It has set a target of staging 400 such events in the kingdom over the course of the year, he said.

Apart from India, TAT is also focusing on the Middle East region as well as Thailand’s neighbouring countries until the end of September when peak season returns.

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Currently, at least 500,000 international tourists are expected each month, which is a substantial increase from the authority’s earlier 300,000 estimate, and reflects growing optimism about the sector’s recovery.

During the peak tourism season of October to December, the number could swell to one million arrivals per month. “That will greatly improve Thailand’s tourism situation and encourage more spending and employment in this sector,” he said.

In total, Thailand expects to welcome 7-10mn international tourists and make B1.5 trillion in related income this year, about half the amount generated in the last full year before COVID-19 struck in 2019, he said.

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christysweet | 31 May 2022 - 13:31:59

Sexual assault is an epidemic in India, and largely unpunished. Let's hope they keep it there. 

JohnC | 31 May 2022 - 09:26:21

Time to break out the magic marker pen with a new potential tourism market. 500,000 by end of year? Yeah right.... I totally agree with Capt Jack and fascinated about them. Many years of experience with Indians gives them as much appeal as Putin as a tourist here.

Pooliekev | 30 May 2022 - 20:12:46

I found the Indians I have encountered to be well-mannered and very high spenders. If you lot hang about in thrifty neighborhoods, you will encounter thrifty people

Fascinated | 30 May 2022 - 14:26:52

Witnessing their behavior on flights from and to Phuket over the past week be careful what you wish for.

CaptainJack69 | 30 May 2022 - 11:32:26

Replace the Chinese market with the Indian. High volume, low spending. So long as those all important arrival figures look strong hey? Who cares that they don't actually spend any money here. With the added bonus that you simultaneously reduce Thailand's appeal to other source markets.


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