Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that international arrivals to Thailand during April 1-4 were 337,490, up 37.8 per cent from the same period last year. She also said that 500,000 foreign tourists would travel into the Kingdom during Songkran and it will generate around Bt14.5 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, about 2 million locals are expected to travel within the country during the annual holiday.
Kobkarn said hotels in major tourist destinations such as Phuket Pattaya, Chiang mai and Samui would run at 78 per cent average occupancy, a 6.2-per-cent growth from the same time last year.
Hotels in Phuket will be operating at the highest rate of 87 per cent occupancy while business at hotels in Bangkok will grow by 12.2 per cent. The capital alone is expected to receive about 2.5 million visitors.
Accordingly Kobkarn, the Thai government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia in a bid to revive the number of tourists from Russia. Last year, the number of Russians travelling to Thailand was 1.6 million, dropping more than 5 per cent year on year.
There has also optimistic perception. that the recent lifting of martial law would have a positive result in terms of foreigners visiting Thailand during Songkran.
Source: The nation
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