Destinations‘Difficult times behind us,” says TAT governor, as authority eyes 10 million visitors this year.

Seven million reasons Thai tourism is taking off

Sukhothai Loi Krathong Candle Festival.
Sukhothai Loi Krathong Candle Festival. Photo Credit: Adobe/anekoho

The stars are aligning for Thai tourism with the removal of a requirement for tourists to show proof of vaccination, extended stay options for international visitors and capacity increases by Thai Airways International (THAI).

Thailand welcomed more than seven million tourists between 1 January and 26 October 2022, with hopes for a full year target which could reach 10 million visitor arrivals.

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “With the difficult times of recent now behind us, Thailand is seeing its efforts across the board – from ongoing tourism marketing and promotion to the Amazing Thailand health and safety standards put in place – paying off.”

The top five source markets to 26 October this year were Malaysia with 1,246,242 arrivals, India with 661,751 arrivals, Lao PDR. with 538,789 arrivals, Cambodia with 373,811 arrivals, and Singapore with 365,593 arrivals.

Having fully reopened to international tourism, Thailand no longer requires tourists to show proof of vaccination, and a longer length of stay is being offered.

Effective from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, the period of stay is extended to 45 days (from 30 days) for tourists from countries/territories entitled to visa exemption, and to 30 days (from 15 days) for those eligible for a visa on arrival (VOA).

Thai Airways International (THAI 2022-2023 winter schedule shows flights on 34 European, Australian and Asian routes with increased frequencies on selected routes.

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