Thailand goes from 17 million to 18 million arrivals in just 10 days

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Chiang Mai, 7 August, 2015 – The Thai tourism industry has welcomed Ms. Yang Shuai, from Tianjin, the People’s Republic of China as the country’s 18 millionth visitor for this year. That comes just 10 days after Thailand welcomed the 17 millionth visitor on 28 July, 2015.

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Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT’s Acting Governor and Thai tourism industry executives welcomed Ms. Yang Shuai at Chiang Mai International Airport.

The luckiest visitor arrived at Chiang Mai International Airport on 7 August, 2015, to a surprise welcome by the executives and representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd., the Immigration Bureau, the Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd., and True Corporation Public Co., Ltd.

As part of a “Green Season” marketing effort that began 30 June, every millionth visitor to the country is being welcomed at Thailand’s international aviation gateways until 30 September, 2015.

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Ms. Yang Shuai was pleasantly surprised upon hearing that she’s become one of Thailand’s luckiest visitors for this year.

The lucky visitors are being pleasantly surprised to receive two economy-class return air tickets from their international port of origin to Thailand along with a five-night accommodation voucher, a “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” certificate as well as other prizes from TAT’s project partners. The trips have a validity period of one year.

The activity is designed to support the “2015 Discover Thainess” umbrella campaign, which aims to highlight the endless charm of Thailand, the diversity of destinations, the flavours of Thai cuisine, fascinating uniqueness of the traditions and culture, as well as the friendliness of its people.

The 13 millionth visitor was welcomed on 13 June, 2015, followed by the 14 millionth visitor on 21 June, the 15 millionth on 5 July, the 16 millionth on 15 July, the 17 millionth visitor on 28 July, and now the latest 18 millionth visitor on 7 August, 2015.

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT’s Acting Governor said, “We are extremely happy to see visitor arrivals to Thailand going up by a million every 10 -15 days on average. Rewarding the millionth visitor is just a small way of showing our thanks to our visitors and letting the world know that we value all our guests. We are delighted to welcome many more visitors, both the first timers as well as the repeaters to have their pleasant time in the kingdom.

Based on statistics compiled from the Department of Tourism, Thailand received 17.5 million visitors in January-July 2015, up 30.74% over the same period in 2014, and generating an estimated 818.4 billion Baht, up 30.61%.

TAT is projecting 28.8 million visitors in 2015. 

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