Thailand is welcoming large numbers of tourists during this 2013/2014 high season. Despite what travellers may have recently read or heard, they can be confident that Thailand is still a welcoming tourist destination even with the unstable political situation occurring in a small quarter of Bangkok.
Most tourist attractions in Bangkok, as well as popular tourist destinations; like Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, and Chiang Mai are unaffected by the current political protests. No tourists have been hurt or affected by the situation.
Suraphon Svetasreni, governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Thailand offers a wide variety of tourist attractions, ranging from unique culture, abundant natural beauty and remarkable variety of activities, including soft-adventure, spa, shopping and medical tourism. Tourists can be confident that they will have an enjoyable holiday in Thailand. Thai people across Bangkok and throughout Thailand are waiting to greet visitors with a friendly smile.”
Any traveller considering a visit to Thailand in the near future does not need to worry, as tourists have not been targeted in the political protests. This is further evident by pictures of tourists visiting attractions and enjoying holiday in popular tourist destinations in Thailand during this week.
Indian travellers continue to be a big component of Thailand’s peak season arrivals.
Sethaphan Buddhani, director, TAT Mumbai Office, said, “We saw about 78,835 tourists by the end of September which represented nearly a four per cent increase over 2012’s heart-warming one million Indian tourists. With four more months to be calculated/ added to that total, we expect to close at a very good number, particularly because in the last three months of the year (in 2012), we saw over one lakh tourists every month. We hope to see 1.2 million tourists at least by the end of 2013.”
Current leisure and MICE movements from India to Thailand remain strong as do bookings for the coming month. December is one of the most exciting months for tourists to come to Thailand. There are various events up and down the country taking place during this month and through to January 2014.