BANGKOK, 21 June 2012 – The Thai Tourism Authority revealed that the latest survey by a major credit card issuer has named the Thai capital one of the top 3 destinations among world travelers. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor Prakit Piriyakiet said that a survey by MasterCard Worldwide, published on www.CNNGo.com which is a popular international leisure and travel website, found that Bangkok was international holiday-makers’s third-most favorite destination in 2012.
According to the survey, Bangkok follows London and Paris in the rankings and is expected to draw around 12.2 million visitors, who will spend approximately 19.2 million dollars this year.
It also stated that Thailand was number-4 in the rankings of tourist spending in 2011, with the record of 14.4 billion dollars, after UK, the US and France.
Mr. Prakit added that a leading US-based travel website, www.fodors.com, has also named Phulay Bay – a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi Province as one of the top-10 spa resorts in the world.
The Deputy TAT Governor believes that both results will shed more positive lights on Thailand in the eyes of foreign travelers.