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The government is pleased with the latest rankings, which puts Bangkok on the top of the list of the world’s most visited cities in 2016.
Maj. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index report has indicated that Bangkok is the top-ranked destination city by international overnight visitor arrivals, with 21.47 million arrivals projected for this year.
According to the report, Maj. Gen. Sunsern said that Bangkok also has the advantage of its geographical location and its diversity in the areas of tourist destinations, merchandise, food, culture, entertainment and convenience in transportation.
He said that Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha is happy to hear such good news while confirming the government’s policy to further develop the quality of Thailand’s tourism in order to attract visitors who will spend more time and money in the country.
The government spokesman said that the country is hoping to record total tourism revenue of 2.3 trillion baht this year while inviting all Thais to be good hosts when Thailand chairs the celebration of “2016 World Tourism Day” between September 26 and 29, with events scheduled to take place in Bangkok and Khon Kaen.