THE relaxation of entry measures has led to more tourists coming to Thailand with Indians being at the top of the list of arrivals from Jan. 1 to May 24 during which 100,884 holidayed here, Amarin TV said today (May 29).
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is confident that Thailand will be able to draw 500,000 Indian tourists this year generating 22.5 billion baht in revenue.
TAT aims to draw an average of 3,000 Indian tourists a day through promotional and marketing activities plus launching new air routes.
It is linking up with large Indian online travel companies in targeting special interest groups particularly people preparing for a wedding with Indian wedding planners working on getting 400 couples married here later this year.
TAT also predicted that from May to September this year at least 500,000 tourists will be coming to Thailand each month, with this being higher than the previous target of 300,000.
From October to December tourists from further markets in Europe and the US too will be arriving with this expected to raise the monthly arrivals to over 1 million.
This increase will help tourism operators run their business and employ more workers as well as increasing expenditure in this sector.
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