Department of Tourism Director-General Supol Sripan said Thailand experienced a 20 per cent rise in the number of foreign visitors from 2010 to 2011. He indicated that there were more than 19 million arrivals last year.
Mr Supol cited the popularity of tourist attractions in the country and the recovery of the world economy as two main factors that drew foreigners to Thailand. In 2011, Thailand generated B730 billion from the tourism industry, a 24 per cent jump from 2010.
Mr Supol referred to the World Tourism Organization’s forecast that the number of travellers around the world will pick up by 3-4 per cent in 2012 as a result of economic expansion in Asia, Europe and South America.
The Director-General said, however, the number of tourists visiting Thailand will grow by 8-10 per cent, which is slower than last year. If there are more than 20 million visitors this year, as targeted, an inflow of revenue of around B780 billion can be expected, he said.