Thailand broke tourist records on December 5, when it welcomed its 30 millionth visitor for 2016.
The ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success’ was Ms. Huang Junyi, who in flew from Guangzhou, China and was greeted at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with a welcoming ceremony, co-hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Airways International and True Coporation. The lucky 30 millionth visitor was given an exclusive limousine transfer from the airport to her accommodation in Bangkok.
Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Yuthasak Supasorn stated: “This has been an amazing year for tourism in amazing Thailand as shown by the huge numbers of visitors. We have reached 30 million and the high season has only just kicked off. We know that more people will be coming to enjoy the cool weather and holiday festivities. Thailand has so much to offer the world and we know that the Thai people make every visitor feel as welcome as we made Ms. Huang Junyi feel today.”
Ms. Huang’s prize includes two economy-class return tickets to Thailand from her original destination, which are valid for a year, as well as a voucher for a five-night stay in one of Thailand’s luxury hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya or Hua Hin. Additionally, she will receive a mobile phone with a 4G sim card and seven days of Internet usage and finally, a certificate naming her as ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success’.
The ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ campaign was launched in 2015 and rewards every millionth visitor to Thailand from June to December. It has been reintroduced in 2016 and will proceed until the end of the year.
In 2016, Thailand’s international tourism revenue values at $46 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 11.68 per cent over 2015. To increase tourism numbers, various initiatives have been adopted to encourage tourists to visit and spend. These include the waiver of tourist visa fees for visitors from 19 countries from December 1, 2016, until February 28, 2017, and a reduction in the price for visas issued on arrival. To encourage more domestic travel, a long New Year holiday of four days has been confirmed.