BANGKOK, 27 February 2012 – Thailand has been voted by readers of Travel + Leisure India and South Asia magazine as the World’s Best Country 2011 for leisure holidays and the World’s Best Wedding Destination 2011.
The award was presented on 17 February 2012 in New Delhi, India. Travel + Leisure, the world’s leading travel magazine with a circulation of almost one million, launched its India and South Asia edition in 2006.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with the country’s improved facilities, accessibility, affordability, and India’s growing economy, visitor arrivals from India have been growing rapidly all through the past decade. India is the biggest source-market for visitors from South Asia and one of Thailand’s fastest growing markets overall.
The TAT has reported that in 2011, India became the sixth largest source market for Thailand with total arrivals of 900,000, up by an impressive 20% over 2010, and close to double the 500,000 arrivals in 2007.
In recent years, Thailand has become increasingly popular among Indian wedding couples and honeymooners. Many Indian couples have been coming over to Thailand to tie the knots in the land renowned for its sense of grace and style, an accordance with customs and ceremonies with rich roots in Buddhist culture. The secluded, all-inclusive resorts are perfect for honeymoons.