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Thailand records 33 millionth visitor arrival, set to hit annual target

Bangkok, 15 December, 2017 – The Thai tourism industry hit a new record with the arrival of the 33 millionth visitor, and still counting. It is now well on its way to exceed the projected targets of 34 million arrivals and 1.81 trillion Baht (US$ 50 billion) in tourism revenue earnings in the full year.

Ms. Julie Nathalie A. Ceyssens, the 33 millionth tourist, also dubbed ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’, was greeted at Suvarnabhumi Airport with a warm welcoming ceremony by senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and other private sector industry representatives.

Thailand records 33 millionth visitor arrival

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, presented a ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ shirt to Ms. Julie Nathalie A. Ceyssens, the 33 millionth tourist to Thailand

Ms. Ceyssens arrived in Bangkok this early morning at 05.55 Hrs., with Thai Airways International’s Flight TG935 from Brussels, Belgium. This is the first time that she has visited Thailand, and will be spending 15 days with her boyfriend, enjoying Thai local experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Chang.

She received two economy-class return tickets from her original destination to Thailand, a voucher for a five-night stay at accommodation in Thailand as well as the “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” certificate from TAT.

Thailand records 33 millionth visitor arrival

Ms. Ceyssens and her boyfriend were overjoyed upon hearing the great news from Mr. Yuthasak (right)

The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” activity was launched in June 2015 to recognise and reward the breaking record visitor to the country. With strong support from the public and private sectors, the campaign has attracted considerable international attention and enhanced the value of the Thai tourism brand image.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “We are thankful to Ms. Ceyssens for making Thailand her Preferred Destination. It is thanks to her friendship and support, and to millions of other visitors, that the Thai tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength. I would also like to acknowledge and applaud the dedication and commitment of the Royal Thai Government, the private sector and, most important, all those who work in this great industry.

“This has been an exceptionally good year for us. We are very pleased to see continuing interest from airlines to launch new routes to various points in Thailand, entrepreneurs starting new tourism businesses and young people continuing to find job opportunities. All this is happening alongside efforts to ensure sustainability and preservation of the socio-cultural and environmental product.”

Thailand records 33 millionth visitor arrival

Ms. Ceyssens and her boyfriend were welcomed by offcials from Suvarnabhumi Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Immigration Division 2, led by Pol. Lt. Col. Panjawan Rimpadee, Inspector of Arrival Immigration Sub-Division
Thailand records 33 millionth visitor arrival

Ms. Ceyssens and her boyfriend were also welcomed by offcials from Airports of Thailand, led by Mrs. Anocha Plinsut, Vice President, Special Affairs and Community Relations Department
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