The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand says he remains hopeful that 20 million holidaymakers will visit Thailand next year. Yuthasak Supasorn says that will almost certainly be possible if China lifts its border restrictions by then. He adds that he expects tourism revenues to reach 80% of their 2019 level in 2023.
“Next year, the industry is poised to strengthen from this year, making the goal of attracting 20 million tourists, half the total in 2019, achievable. This is especially the case if China, which previously accounted for a third of arrivals, is lifting border controls at that time.
Earlier this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha predicted that Thailand would welcome around 20 millions international arrivals next year, provided Covid-19 has been declared endemic and there are no new threats to tourism.
In order to get things done, Yuthasak says the country should plan to attract between 7 and 10 million tourists this year, adding that there are positive signs that it can be done. As of May 1, the kingdom welcomed 19,727 tourists, which rose to 15,439 and 14,108 on May 2 and May 3, respectively. By contrast, Thailand received between 10,000 and 12,000 a day last month, before PCR tests on arrival were lifted.
Data shows that as of May 3, Thailand had received 853,165 tourists, including 74,414 from the UK. 63,342 were from Germany, 55,995 from Russia, 51,783 from India and 49,792 from the United States.
Yuthasak is also optimistic about the low season, saying he thinks Thailand could welcome 500,000 long-haul travelers this month. According to the TAT governor, a recent report by France Info shows that searches for air tickets to Thailand have quadrupled, while the most popular destination among Norwegians booking summer holidays is Bangkok.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post