Thailand enters illustrious top 10 list for the first time

Thailand enters illustrious top 10 list for the first time

Thailand enters illustrious top 10 list for the first time

By Taylor Williams

The Southeast Asian nation of Thailand has entered the UN World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) top 10 tourism destinations compilation for the first time since the illustrious list became established.

Leading tourism officials in Thailand will be delighted to receive the news that has been delivered courtesy of the UNWTO’s Tourism Report 2014 that assessed factors such as visitor arrivals and tourist expenditure back throughout 2013.

Of course, the Asian nation is an incredibly versatile destination in which tailor-made Thailand holidays can be enjoyed with city breaks in bustling Bangkok or luxurious stays in Koh Samui sometimes preferred.

It seems the world agrees too with Thailand having experienced a truly memorable 2013 with international arrivals into the country increasing by a mighty 19 per cent to 27 million for the year.

It has been in the last few years that Thailand has really pushed on and made more of a concerted effort with their respective promotions, having ranked just outside the top 10 in 2012 when 22.4 million represented the total number of international arrivals.

Now having finally made inroads into the top 10, the rise marks an incredible journey with tourism receipts also being categorised as having increased, accelerating to be ranked seventh (1.26 trn Baht) from ninth (1.01 trn Baht) from 2012 to 2013.

An incredibly proud Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Thawatchai Arunyik noted “This report is a tribute to the hard work of the entire industry and all those who work within it.

“We can now clearly demonstrate the importance of travel and tourism to the Thai national economy and emphasise the need to ensure that it makes a quick recovery in the second half of 2014.”