Thailand Looks At 18.5 Million Visitors This Year
Visitor arrivals from overseas toppped the 17 million mark at the end of November and is expected to rise to 18.5 million for the year 2011.
Last year the number topped 15.8 million despite an intense political crises in Bangkok.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has forecasted 2012 numbers of 19.6 million.
One key point highlighted in the surging numbers is that the two key international gateway airports of Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) and Phuket badly need upgrading and fast.
Planning and execution of the anticipated upgrades are lagging and could adversely affect sustainable growth.