Thailand hits 29 million visits


BANGKOK, 23 December 2015: Thailand will welcome its 29 millionth visitor today at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, exceeding the country’s target of 28.8 million set for the entire year.

With eight days to the New Year countdown, 31 December, it is now very likely the country will close the year  200,000 short of 30 million tourist arrivals.

Considering the global economic woes, security scares and a deadly bomb attack at a Bangkok tourist venue, earlier in the year, the performance is nothing short of incredible.

inside no 5The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” activity was launched in June this year by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Since then one lucky visitor whenever arrivals reached a new million milestone was showered with prizes including a roundtrip ticket for two to return to Thailand.

On average the country accumulated a million tourists in around 10 days since July. Most of the lucky visitors were welcomed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport with a few winners welcomed at Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.

TAT said the campaign focused the tourism industry to work towards the goal of drawing more international tourists to Thailand.

The “amazing” result has recovered most of the  ground lost over two years of political discord in the country that ended in 2014 with a military coup.

Tourist officials estimated in their long-range forecasts that the country would attract around 30 million tourists by 2014. It will now hit or come very close to that result by the end of this year and it considered feasible that 2016 could see arrivals climb to around 32 million.

The highest performance in the past was 26.55 million achieved in 2013. In 2014, the kingdom attracted 24.80 million visits, down 6.54% on the 2013 performance, according to Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ data.inside-no-51


  1. 1.I am confident that the news TAT will welcome 29 million tourists is not reality. The reasons are;
    A. 29 million tourists are not real tourists.
    B. I suspect that TAT counts all foreigners who visit Thailand, even day trips and expats living in Thailand including their families. I understand that Immigration does not have system to identify foreigners who visit Thailand for day trip, but it is a fact that Immigration counts those who pass through border checkpoints and the duration of stay is not evident. How many cross borders check point in Thailand such as Nongkhai, Aranyaprateth, Chiang Rai, Ubonratchathani, Padang Besar and many more.

    2.The real tourists should not be more than 20 million.

    3.TAT counts all foreigners to Thailand as a tourists because they want more budget from the Government. Minister of Tourism and Sports and TAT Governor should tell the public the real number of tourists, not count the foreigners visit Thailand for a day trip because the people in the travel industry do not believe the above mentioned tourists arrival Thailand for 2015.

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