Thailand Prime Minister Predicts Increased Tourism in 2023

 | Mon 13 Feb 2023 17:00 ICT

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, is optimistic about the growth of the country’s tourism industry this year. He has instructed relevant agencies to ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors during their travels.

Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said the Prime Minister is confident that the country will receive more than 30 million foreign tourists in 2023.

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yuthasak Supasorn, told Reuters that the country is expecting an increase in Chinese tourists this year, with a forecast of seven to eight million visitors, compared to the previous prediction of five million. This would still be less than the 11 million Chinese visitors recorded in 2019, before the Covid pandemic.

As of February 2nd, 2023, Thailand has received over 99,000 Chinese tourists, with a total of 2.1 million foreign visitors in January. The country’s most popular tourist destinations like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket can expect a boom of tourists visiting this year.

Last year, Thailand exceeded its tourism target, welcoming 11.15 million foreign visitors, a significant increase from the mere 428,000 tourists in 2021 due to the global Covid travel restrictions. In 2019, before the pandemic, the country saw a high number of 40 million foreign tourists, resulting in a 1.91 trillion baht boost in its economy from tourists’ expenditures.

Get ready to experience Thailand’s warm hospitality and stunning beauty, as the Prime Minister and the Tourism Authority aim to provide a safe and memorable travel experience for all visitors in 2023.

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