Thai tourism on a roll

Bangkok Airways Boeing 717 at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok

Bangkok Airways Boeing 717 at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok: Flickr.com

Thailand’s tourism has rebounded with an increasing number of tourists of 9.8 million from January to September, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Chumphol Silpa-archa.

The minister said a number of passengers arriving at the Suvharnabhumi Airport averaged 30,000 people per day in October. It is forecast that in December, the number of tourists for the whole year will be close or even exceed the targeted 14 million.

There has been an increase in demand for charter flights flying directly to the resort islands of Phuket and Samui as well as the provinces of Krabi and Phang Nga.

Meanwhile, the Chiang Mai Tourist and Business Association has reported that hotel occupancy rate is 65%-80% and the number may increase in November and December due to various activities and celebrations, including the Royal Flora Expo held in November and His Majesty the King’s 82nd birthday on 5 December. (NNT)

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