Tourism in January up by 15 percent compared to same period last year


BANGKOK – The Minister of Tourism and Sports has indicated that tourism since the beginning of the year has significantly increased the country’s revenue, as an influx of tourists has coincided with the Ministry’s ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan, linking tourism developments in the region. 

Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul announced that between January 1st and 26th of this year, the arrival of tourists grew by 15.6% on the same period last year, resulting in revenue of 128 million baht, a 16.8% increase on the same period last year.

The number of tourists at the country’s five main airports from January 1st to 26th, grew by 15% compared to the same period last year. Don Muang International Airport reported the degree of tourist growth at 51.9%, followed by the airports of Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Suvarnabhumi.

As for the Ministry’s 2nd ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan, Mrs Kobkarn revealed that the strategy will focus on promoting the national identity of each country and enhancing competitiveness and sustainable cooperation. In 2017, the plan will further expand the connectivity of the ASEAN region to promote increased tourism in the region.