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Thailand Expects Tourism Income to Touch 3 Trillion Baht This Year
Published: July 21, 2023 at 3:19 pm
Deputy government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek reported that Thailand is experiencing an increase in international arrivals, reaching 15 million in just seven months of this year, which signifies positive tourism growth.
She recognized the significant impact of northern hemisphere summer school vacations on the surge of foreign tourists, thereby bolstering tourism growth.
Following these favorable conditions, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness: New Chapters New Experience, an innovative campaign designed to promote medical tourism and draw in wellness tourists with high spending power.
Regarding the expansion of domestic tourism, Rachada unveiled that the TAT had devised a plan to highlight local attractions, a move intended to redistribute income from tourism to local communities across the country.
Rachada further explained that TAT expects tourism revenue to peak at 3 trillion baht next year, with foreign tourists bringing in 1.92 trillion baht and 1.08 trillion baht on local tourists.
The Bangkok Post indicated that Thailand reemerged on the international filmmaking scene as a hotspot this year, despite becoming known as a popular post-pandemic destination.
On Wednesday, the Department of Tourism’s Thailand Film Office (TFO) announced that 246 productions from 32 countries were filmed in Thailand in the first half of this year. Up by 143 from the same period last year.
Based on reports, the US spent the most on film production in Thailand, spending 519 million baht on 14 projects. China, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Germany are backing 17, 11, 19, and 11 projects accordingly, with investments totaling 349m baht, 328m baht, 261m baht, and 201m baht.
TFO emphasized the benefits offered to international filmmakers by the Thai government, including 15% to 20% cash rebates for those with a minimum investment of 50 million baht for filming in Thailand.
The office also highlighted the simplified work permit procedures, which include a three-day visa evaluation period for advertisements or music video productions and a five- to ten-day period for film, series, or reality show projects.
This year, the renowned Korean television series King the Land and the Chinese variety program Keep Running decided to film in Thailand, further solidifying the country’s position as a premier and irresistible filming location.