TAT says tourism unfazed by southern attacks

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is confident that the number of tourists will topple 30 million this year despite the recent attacks in southern Thailand.

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Kalin Sarasin, chairman of the board of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said the numbers of Thai and foreign tourists remain stable as cancellations are much lower than expected. Overall, he said explosions and arson attacks in the south did not hurt the country’s tourism industry.

Since the start of 2016, he said more than 29.8 million foreign tourists have visited Thailand, accounting for a 13 percent year-on-year increase, while expecting the number to reach 30 million by the end of this year.

He further disclosed that TAT is planning to launch more campaigns to attract Thai and foreign visitors, with a focus on local and national foods.