$50 Million in Thai Tourism Revenue for 2017

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Dep. Prime Minister expects Thai Tourism Revenue to Rise to 1.78 Trillion Baht in 2017

Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Thanasak Patimaprakorn clearly expects 2017 to be a good year for Thai Tourism, with an expected revenue increase of 8.5% from 2016, taking the total revenue up to 1.78 trillion baht, which is approximately $50 million.

This figure is 1.5% less than the 10% expected by TAT Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, last week.

Normally, predictions and yearly forecasts are backed up by surveys, polls, and formulae however, Mr. Thanasak Patimaprakorn has told reporters the expectations are down to an improved outlook for global tourism, as well as Thailand’s investment in infrastructure.

Mr. Thanasak Patimaprakorn went on to say:

“This is another year that we will need to focus on quality tourism more than tourist numbers”

This, again, contradicts a little with the TAT, who have been really quick to show off and publish huge rises in tourist numbers recently.

The deputy Prime Minister also expects daily tourist spending in 2017 to increase to 5,200 Baht from the 5,100 Baht in 2016.

In 2016, Thailand had 32.6 million visitors, a 9% increase from the previous year. That’s a fact, however, what is not accounted for are the number of those visitors who made onward journeys to neighboring countries. Also, how many of those visitors were the “quality tourist” that Mr. Thanasak Patimaprakorn wants to focus on this year.

As we all know, it’s really easy to pluck numbers and predictions like these from thin air, with no real substance behind them. Personally, living here, I hope the predictions turn out to be correct, but either way, it’s going to be interesting to see how the year develops here in Thailand.

Source: Reuters

  • Ken from Derby

    Quality Tourists and Quality residents, start by kicking out trash like Ken

    • Hello sexy man

      He got turfed out on his fat head a long time ago now he’s angry scorned and bitter and spends the rest of his lonely busted ass days blogging Thai hate while being backed up by this site .

    • if you disapprove why do you read and/or respond to his posts

  • ken

    I wonder if these amounts include all the funds The Thais will acquire from robbing and stealing tourist.

  • Muppet1

    not holding my breath 🙂

  • soidog

    My friends (I heard from a known liar) are coming home 4 weeks early from Pattaya as it is so quiet and that all the girls have doubled their prices, and at 43bt to the pound I wonder if this is a ploy to drive out the ‘undesirable element’ and promote ‘quality’. Double plus barfine ..are they killing the golden goose?

    • Tony Akhurst

      No they have already killed the golden goose a long time ago

      • soidog

        A BG I know easy corner, showed me her payslip,12 hr shift every day for 30 days paid her £70 ,it is (expectedly) daft to threaten the 1000bt . I wish i could earn a month’s money in one night I would go home with thousands.

    • who would be daft enough to pay a bf in a town like pattaya!

      • Patamnak Hill Hobo

        some of these idiot farangs get a skin full of honky tonks at the beer bars then there Roped in by the ole’ hairy lasoo .

  • Del *

    32 million visitors and only 50 million dollars in revenue, I think your figures are wrong.

  • amazingthailand

    should be 50 billion usdollars simpli 1000 thousand times PON accuracy problem . who cares