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Thailand drops in global tourism rankings

Thailand's position in the global tourism rankings declined last year as the civil unrest has taken its toll on both arrivals and receipts.

Wednesday 22 April 2015, 09:23AM


Thailand last year received about 24 million tourists. However, its global tourism ranking slipped to 14th place in 2014 from 10th place in 2013. Photo by Thanarak Khunton

Thailand last year received about 24 million tourists. However, its global tourism ranking slipped to 14th place in 2014 from 10th place in 2013. Photo by Thanarak Khunton

The Land of Smiles saw its status on the world's international tourist arrival chart slip to 14th last year from 10th in 2013.

The 2014 tourism earnings chart also saw Thailand drop to ninth from seventh a year ago, according to new figures from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Thailand's 2014 international arrivals fell 6.7 per cent from 2013 to 24.8 million.

Its 2014 tourism receipts contracted 8.1pc to US$38.4 billion from $41.8 billion in 2013.

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The 10th position in arrivals was taken over by Mexico last year with a record 29.1 million people.

In terms of international receipts, Thailand's 2013 ranking of seventh was assumed by Britain in 2014 with $45.3 billion.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said the political stand-off in the early part of last year coupled with the May 22 coup and the sluggish economies of Thailand's main tourism markets such as Russia, Japan and Europe caused tourists to delay their trips here.

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Foot | 22 April 2015 - 17:47:54

In spite of the poor global economy and Russian ruble problems, global international tourism rose by 3.7%.  In spite of this increase, Thailand tourism dropped significantly from 2013, which had already showed a decline.
The current, almost anti-tourist, stance by Thailand is having an impact on Thai jobs and development.

wattsro | 22 April 2015 - 17:14:03

Thailand is one of the great countries in the world to visit, with Bangkok being one of the greatest cities in the world with so much to offer. However recent decisions, mainly in Phuket, have forced tourists to reassess their travel destinations. I fear for the year on year numbers come 2016.

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