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The head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand has painted a very rosy picture about foreign and domestic tourism in Thailand.
This after operators on the ground and business leaders pointed to a 30% fall in low season tourism, notes Thaivisa.
The message was clear – forget the doom and gloom – it’s still boom! At least according to Yuthasak Suphasorn, the TAT chief.
He said that trends showed that Thai and foreign tourists would be spending a whopping 820 billion baht in the third quarter (July to September) – 9% up on the same period last year.
Some 9.7 million foreigners were expected to visit – up 7%. Their spending of 530 billion would represent an 11% increase on last year.
The domestic market would see a 6% rise in tourists and a five per cent increase in revenues.
This all pointed to a fourth quarter rise that would enable the TAT to post figures at year’s end that met their annual targets.
Reports recently suggested that tourism in places like Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai was 30% down on last year.
Daily News published the latest figures from the TAT with no word that they had challenged the chief on the figures in the light of conflicting assessments on the ground, notes Thaivisa.