Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok (2007-06-08)

TOURISM Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Ms Phornsiri Manoharn, is optimistic Thailand will achieve this year's target of 14.8 million in visitor arrivals and 547.50 billion baht (US$16.70 billion) in tourism revenue.

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TAT banks on mart to impress buyers
 
Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok (2007-06-08)

TOURISM Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Ms Phornsiri Manoharn, is optimistic Thailand will achieve this year's target of 14.8 million in visitor arrivals and 547.50 billion baht (US$16.70 billion) in tourism revenue.

Ms Phornsiri is bullish despite a 6.65 per cent drop in East Asia arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the first four months of this year.

The decline has been blamed on concerns over safety in three southern provinces and Bangkok and the trade is predicting arrivals are likely to be 300,000 short of the target.

According to Ms Phornsiri, the country's largest tourism event, Thailand Travel Mart plus Gateway to Greater Mekong Subregion and the Thailand Tourism Festival, which started yesterday and continues until Sunday, will help boost confidence about the kingdom among the 508 overseas buyers and trade visitors attending the event.

"They can see with their own eyes that it's business as usual in Thailand," Ms Phornsiri said.

Two Hong Kong-based agents said the country's political uncertainty and safety concerns were not the only reasons for the drop in arrivals from Hong Kong.

Westminster Travel product manager, Ms Doris Lee, said the stronger Thai baht also had an impact. Jetour Holiday product manager, Ms Liza Mak, agreed and added that travellers were heading to Japan because of a stable yen and to Taiwan for weekend trips.

 
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