Thailand earns $19B in tourism revenues in five months

By VNA, VnExpress   June 7, 2024 | 05:32 pm PT
Thailand earns $19B in tourism revenues in five months
Tourists play with water guns as they celebrate the Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, April 13, 2023. Photo by Reuters
Thailand received nearly 15 million foreign tourists during the first five months of this year, up 38% from the same period last year, generating over 700 billion baht (over US$19 billion) in revenue for the country.

The figures were twice compared to those of Vietnam, which received 7.6 million foreign arrivals between January and May and whose tourism revenues reached VND352 trillion ($13.8 billion), according to the Vietnam National Tourism Administration.

Thai Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke said on June 6 that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is looking to promote the development of the tourism industry, with priority given to improving its personnel quality as part of the "Ignite Thailand" development agenda.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Labor and the Tourism Council of Thailand will hold a training event on June 15 and 16 to enhance skills for tourism personnel, he added.

The same day, PM Srettha visited the Thai office of Agoda, the world’s biggest hotel booking platform, where he had a working session with its executives, expressing his hope that the platform will be instrumental in making 2025 an important year for the domestic tourism industry, which is on path to a full recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also had discussions with the Airports of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Thai VietJet Air to find ways to increase the frequency of flights to foreign destinations and offer more fare discounts.

Thailand aims to welcome 35 million foreign visitors this year.

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