Gov’t declares 2018 year of sustainable tourism

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The Thai government has declared 2018 a year of sustainable tourism, promoting the culture and the uniqueness of the land of smiles.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn has called a meeting with the tourism, sports, and culture reform committee, which is the 6th committee under the mobilization of the administrative reform commission appointed by the government.

The meeting agreed to promote 2018 as a year of sustainable tourism on the theme of “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” with a focus on the uniqueness and cultural values of Thailand.

The aim is to attract additional high quality tourists while at the same time maintaining the existing broader market, in an effort to increase economic value and distribute wealth to remote provinces.

The meeting was also informed of Thailand’s latest ranking by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which places Thailand ninth in terms of the number of foreign visitors and third in terms of income generated from tourism.