Bangkok (2008-02-14)

NEW Thai tourism and sports minister, Mr Weerasak Kowsurat, plans to boost revenue from this year's targeted 15.9 million foreign visitors to 800 billion baht (US$24.90 billion) instead of the 600 billion baht announced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)..." />
 
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Bangkok (2008-02-14)

NEW Thai tourism and sports minister, Mr Weerasak Kowsurat, plans to boost revenue from this year's targeted 15.9 million foreign visitors to 800 billion baht (US$24.90 billion) instead of the 600 billion baht announced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Reports also said Mr Weerasak, 43, who has a master's degree in law from Harvard University, had vowed to set a higher revenue target from domestic tourism from the current 385 billion baht from 83 million trips.

In addition, he is aiming for a double digit growth contribution from tourism revenue to the GDP. This is more than 10 per cent compared to TAT's targets of 5.6 per cent growth for this year.

His plans call for more quality tourists from emerging markets such as China, India and Russia in line with the global tourism trends toward intra-regional and shorthaul travel, to encourage more flights, to collaborate more with related state agencies and to amend relevant laws hindering the growth in tourism.

The new minister held several advisory and deputy-ministerial positions in the previous governments, including the first Thaksin administration.

 
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