During the first eight months of 2012, from January through August, 14 million foreign tourists entered the kingdom, as reported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism. The good news did not end there, the Government’s hard work paid off, with a whopping success of over 22 million tourists in 2012.
Commenting on the performance, TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “We are overjoyed to have achieved this result in the year the people of Thailand commemorated the 85th birthday of His Majesty the King. It is also a tribute to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel & tourism industry for the huge effort that has been made to ensure that travel & tourism remains a leading industry for job creation, distribution of income nationwide and contribution to culture, heritage and environmental preservation.”
Last year, Cambodia and Thailand agreed to implement a single visa agreement, which will allow tourists to obtain one visa to visit both countries. The visa would allow visitors from 35 countries to stay up to 60 days in Thailand and 60 days in Cambodia.
Tourism sector is expected to grow, synergistic of Yingluck’s plan to bring Thailand in the lead within the region.