Domestic tourism to grow this year

The Association of Domestic Travel (ADT) has revealed that the North of Thailand remains the most visited region during the New Year holidays.

ADT President Yuthachai Soontornrattanavate said there were around 18 million tourists traveling in the country during the holidays. Many travelers chose to visit the North, due to a large number of tourist attractions and the cold weather.

Mr. Yuthachai said that cash flow during the New Year holidays was lower due to the economic slowdown. The ADT President added that the government’s tax deduction scheme will only promote short-term spending among shoppers.

However, he gave a positive outlook for tourism in 2016. Tourist arrivals are expected to increase and meet government targets. Despite the trend, Mr. Yuthachai cautioned that the global economic slowdown, stalling export growth, and declining prices in farm goods could impact the tourism industry.

Around 10% of 17 million domestic tourists are expected to travel through tour agencies this year, a 3% increase from the year before, following the government’s domestic tourism measures promoting elder and student travel.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

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Reporter : Nuppol Suvansombut Rewriter : Benjamin Rujopakarn National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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